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5/12/21  2:24 pm
Commenter: Ellen McDonald, McDonald Montessori School

Montessori Specific Allowances Request

*Perhaps it would be clearer and better interpreted if the Montessori principles were set apart from the more traditional programs. 

Things that could be included:

  • Program director requirements
  • Teacher requirements (could register with the state as they do in Ohio)
  • Vet the Montessori programs through a simple application process, so that traditional Montessori practices and materials remain and still have inspections, just a different set of Montessori specific allowances.
  • Balanced mixed age group only applies to Montessori programs
  • Montessori materials used are allowable
  • Larger class sizes are required to achieve independence and peer teaching/role modeling.


Please consider adopting the below Montessori Essentials for state/commonwealth consistency as other states have done.


Adopting the Montessori Essentials link here

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