Founded in 1975 as a small Montessori preschool, West Side Montessori has grown to become the largest private Montessori school in Ohio and one of the largest and most successful private Montessori schools in the United States.
The school, currently serving nearly 400 children from 13 months through 8th grade, is accredited by the American Montessori Society, and chartered by the Ohio Department of Education.

What's involved with an AMS School Accreditation

West Side Montessori was recently reaccredited through the American Montessori Society in the spring of 2015.  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 process, every aspect of the school is examined and documented, including governance, curriculum, fiscal personnel policies, facilities, health and safety practices, teacher preparation, and learner outcomes. 

At the end of the self-study period, a thorough onsite peer visit is conducted.  After identifying both strengths and areas for improvement, the school commits to a strategic plan that incorporates the recommendations of its peer review team.

All AMS accredited schools must maintain compliance with school accreditation standards and be on a path of continuous improvement.  Each accredited school submits a yearly report outlining progress toward the objectives in its strategic plan.