We indicated in part 1 that seeing Montessori in the name of a school, does not necessarily mean that it is a Montessori school in reality. The Census research team navigated this in a very authentic manner, by comparing definitions and practices followed in different locations globally and creating a common list. “Despite these variations, we found overall consistency across country definitions in the following categories for focusing on these six ideas and practices as central pillars of Montessori implementation…” Remember (from Part 1), that the AMI was part of the research team, thereby ensuring the highest level of quality control over this process. By means of this process, they came up with the following list:

  1. Supporting Montessori philosophy
  2. Mixed-age groupings
  3. Montessori-trained teachers
  4. Montessori materials
  5. Freedom of choice
  6. Uninterrupted work block

We fully support this succinct minimum set of Montessori principles, and we believe that it should be adopted by the entire Montessori Movement as the bare minimum for a school to be accepted as part of the fold.

As we can see, the Census did much more than count the number of Montessori schools. It is a treasure trove of relatively current information on where the Montessori Movement is at, and amongst other, it provides guidance to the movement on how to define an authentic Montessori school. Last updated in November 2022, we hope that the census will be updated regularly.

Source: Global Diffusion of Montessori Schools: A Report From the 2022 Global Montessori Census