Schools with zero enrolments and who do not have to be operational nor does it have to be registered. This will make a range of services, such as support, advice and resources for setting up a new school available to those very people who need it.
After the first enrolment, schools will be noted as being operational. This will include new schools or schools facing economic challenges which do not yet meet all the criteria outlined in various documents. This will allow emergent schools an opportunity to interact with, and benefit from the association, and mentorship from more established schools and experienced Montessorians.
Is for schools who are working towards compliance with all the requirements for full membership as set out in Annexure C: part 2. At this level schools will be eligible to do an additional quality evaluation for Independent schools through the Independent Quality Assurance Association (IQAA) using the Montessori in a Mirror evaluation tool. (This process is not a full accreditation assessment).
Is for a school committed to following globally accepted best practices in Montessori pedagogy, interpreted within the South African context. All classroom lead directresses hold a (SAMA recognised Montessori qualification in the level(s) they are teaching. The School meets all SAMA fundamental principles as set out in Annexure C: part 2.
Quality Assurance Information
SAMA has a three tier school membership system to guide our member schools, whom are independently owned Montessori schools. This system of quality assurance supports and inspires schools who are in different stages of operation (from new to well established) to develop and reflect on quality Montessori practices within their organisations. Through this SAMA grows its pool of members, allowing us to be representative, while at the same time allowing the promotion of quality without excluding schools requiring further support.