Amelia Island Montessori School is an accredited AMS school, which is a designation that means we meet well-defined standards of excellence as defined in the AMS School Accreditation Standards and Criteria. About 15% of AMS schools share the distinction of being AMS-accredited. Accreditation is an affirmation that our school is implementing best practices in Montessori education, as well as in areas of health and safety, finance, and administration. It is the gold standard of Montessori education.
The Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) was founded in 1954 as an organization dedicated to independence and quality of member schools. To ensure quality, all member schools must undergo an extensive accreditation process, with a periodic evaluation every five years. Schools must successfully meet FCIS Standards, demonstrate financial stability, provide quality education and successfully undergo evaluation visits to be granted and to retain membership in FCIS.
Membership in FCIS confirms the following:
• Adherence to rigorous standards
• Commitment to the FCIS Code of Ethics
• Legislative voice at the state level to promote freedom from governmental interference
• Smooth transition to higher education for graduating students
• Access to professional development offered by FCIS
• National recognition via the NAIS Commission on Accreditation
The Cognia Performance Standards define the practices of a good educational institution and provide the criteria for improvement efforts that will energetically and visibly grow learners, teachers, leaders, and organizations. These standards include:
- Demonstration of equity
- Learner well-being