|Montessori School of BG earns re-accreditation|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:18|
The Montessori School of Bowling Green has been nationally re-accredited for the third time.
The Montessori School of Bowling Green received its initial accreditation in 1992 when the school had existed for 12 years. It was the first school in Ohio to receive the national accreditation and the school remains one of the only accredited schools in the region.
Accreditation is a service provided to full-member schools by the American Montessori Society. It is a voluntary process that takes one to two years to complete. Accreditation begins with an intensive self-study, by the school, involving the school's entire community-students, staff, faculty, administration, board members, and parents.
During the application process, every aspect of the school is examined and documented, including governance, curriculum, fiscal and personnel policies, facilities, health and safety practices, teacher preparation, and learner outcomes.
At the end of the self-study period, a thorough on-site visit is conducted by a national team. In addition to determining whether the school meets AMS standards, the review team evaluates the school to see how well it is achieving its own mission and goals-whether the school is what it says it is and does what it says it does. After identifying both strengths and areas to strengthen, the school commits to a strategic plan for improvement which incorporates the recommendations of its peer review team.
Bev Bechstein, executive director of the school, said, "The list of commendations from the on-site visit team was long and humbling, including an exceptional environment, effective communication, dedicated and credential teachers, philosophical alignment and cohesion, and curriculum alignment. "
All AMS accredited schools must maintain compliance with school accreditation standards and work toward continuous improvement. Each accredited school submits a yearly report outlining progress toward the objectives in its strategic plan.
Liz Resler, a lower elementary teacher at the school, stated, "I am always impressed by our alumni in their character, academic preparedness, and leadership skills. After twenty years teaching at MSBG, I have seen so many young men and women I taught become such wonderful contributors to society."
To learn more about the school go to www.montessorischoolbg.org or attend an open house on March 8.
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