• We are seeking Montessori school accreditation for Garden Oaks from the International Montessori Council (IMC).  The IMC accreditation team visited from May 6 – 10, 2019.  During the visit, they visited classrooms, audited operations and spoke with over 100 members of our school community and stakeholders in HISD at the district level as well as with neighbors and business partners.  Garden Oaks is the first public Montessori school in Texas to seek this distinction!  There are five broad standards.  We have submitted evidence that describes how we meet each standard and the evidence that supports our self-evaluation.  We are currently working on phase 2 of the accreditation process!

    STANDARD #1: VISION AND PURPOSE.

    STANDARD # 2: GOVERNANCE and LEADERSHIP

    STANDARD #3: EDUCATION PROGRAM

    STANDARD #4: RESOURCES

    STANDARD #5: CYCLE OF CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

    The primary purpose of the International Montessori Council School Accreditation program is to inform Montessori school administrators and trustees of best practices of the most respected and successful Montessori schools.  Schools that fully-implement the principles of Montessori best practice tend to be particularly effective in their work with children and worthy of public trust and confidence. IMC accreditation places particular emphasis on the administration of key aspects of school operation, particularly those related to the quality and integrity of the school’s educational program and the health and safety of students and staff. The standards establish guidelines for policies, procedures and practices. The school is responsible for implementing those policies in a manner consistent with IMC standards on an ongoing basis.

    A second purpose of the International Montessori Council School Accreditation Program is to provide the public with information that can assist them in the selection of schools that meet recognized standards of excellence in Montessori educational practice.

    Accreditation does, however, indicate to the public that a school has voluntarily invited its programs, facilities, policies and procedures to be compared with the standards of Best Practice established by leaders in the international Montessori school accreditation community. At least once every ten years, an outside team of Montessori school professionals trained in the International Montessori Council School Accreditation Program visits the school to verify compliance with the standards.

    The program considers two essential issues:

    The International Montessori Council School Accreditation Program allows for diversity among Montessori programs, while speaking to the central issue of what one should expect to find in a responsible school that wishes to represent itself as being a Montessori program.

    The IMC Accreditation Self-Study Integrated Phases

    Onsite Visit by a Team of IMC Validators:

    Once the Self-Study has been submitted and reviewed, an On-Site Visit is scheduled with the School and conducted by a team of IMC-trained visitors who will spend from two or three days on campus observing the school in operation and validating the information provided in the self-study report. This visit takes place when the school is in full operation during the regular academic year. This process is repeated every ten years.

    We are seeking Montessori school accreditation for Garden Oaks from the IMC.  We will have our accreditation team here on site from May 6 – 10.  During the visit, they will be visiting classrooms, auditing operations and speaking with all members of our school community and stakeholders in HISD at the district level as well as with neighbors and business partners.  Garden Oaks is the first public Montessori school in Texas to seek this distinction!  There are five broad standards.  We have submitted evidence that describes how we meet each standard and the evidence that supports our self-evaluation.

    STANDARD #1: VISION AND PURPOSE.

    STANDARD # 2: GOVERNANCE and LEADERSHIP

    STANDARD #3: EDUCATION PROGRAM

    STANDARD #4: RESOURCES

    STANDARD #5: CYCLE OF CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

    The primary purpose of the International Montessori Council School Accreditation program is to inform Montessori school administrators and trustees of best practices of the most respected and successful Montessori schools.  Schools that fully-implement the principles of Montessori best practice tend to be particularly effective in their work with children and worthy of public trust and confidence. IMC accreditation places particular emphasis on the administration of key aspects of school operation, particularly those related to the quality and integrity of the school’s educational program and the health and safety of students and staff. The standards establish guidelines for policies, procedures and practices. The school is responsible for implementing those policies in a manner consistent with IMC standards on an ongoing basis.

    A second purpose of the International Montessori Council School Accreditation Program is to provide the public with information that can assist them in the selection of schools that meet recognized standards of excellence in Montessori educational practice.

    Accreditation does, however, indicate to the public that a school has voluntarily invited its programs, facilities, policies and procedures to be compared with the standards of Best Practice established by leaders in the international Montessori school accreditation community. At least once every ten years, an outside team of Montessori school professionals trained in the International Montessori Council School Accreditation Program visits the school to verify compliance with the standards.

    The program considers two essential issues:

    The International Montessori Council School Accreditation Program allows for diversity among Montessori programs, while speaking to the central issue of what one should expect to find in a responsible school that wishes to represent itself as being a Montessori program.

    The IMC Accreditation Self-Study Integrated Phases

    Onsite Visit by a Team of IMC Validators:

    Once the Self-Study has been submitted and reviewed, an On-Site Visit is scheduled with the School and conducted by a team of IMC-trained visitors who will spend from two or three days on campus observing the school in operation and validating the information provided in the self-study report. This visit takes place when the school is in full operation during the regular academic year. This process is repeated every ten years.