Not yet Operational (with zero enrolments) and the school does 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.


Initiate membership – 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.


Progressive  membership – is for schools who are working towards compliance with all the requirements for full membership. At this level schools will be eligible to take the next step in our quality evaluation process; Montessori pre-schools in a Mirror, in association with the Independent Quality Assurance Association (IQAA). This process is developed specifically for Montessori schools! (Not a full accreditation assessment).



Full membership – Full School membership is for a school committed to following globally accepted best practices in Montessori pedagogy, interpreted within the South African context. All classroom lead directresses and assistant directresses hold a (SAMA recognised Montessori qualification in the level(s) they are teaching. The School meet all SAMA fundamental principles Successful completion of the IQAA quality evaluation process.


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.


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