International Montessori Council

Welcome to the IMC

The International Montessori Council (IMC) is a world-wide umbrella organization of Montessori schools, the men and women who lead them, own them, or serve on their boards, and other organizations interested in supporting the goals of the IMC. It is the first independent Montessori professional and accrediting organization designed to serve the entire Montessori community.

Today our members — individuals organizations — can be found in more than 50 countries around the world. Membership is open to all individuals and organizations with an interest in promoting Montessori. General school membership in the IMC does not imply accreditation or endorsement of any sort. The IMC does offer a voluntary program of Montessori school accreditation.

Our mission is to encourage Montessori educators, parents, and schools to work together regardless of affiliation, and to provide those of us who lead Montessori schools with meaningful resources and support.

Our focus is on issues of concern to Montessori school leaders: administration, curriculum development, recruitment and hiring, supervising teachers and staff, insurance, finance, facilities, working with boards, recruitment, building community, fund raising, public relations, and much more.

Most institutional members of IMC are schools, but others include Montessori professional societies, teacher education programs, retailers and manufacturers of Montessori materials, and other groups with an interest in promoting authentic Montessori practices. In addition, individuals can become members.

School membership is rather inexpensive, and the benefits are of great value to schools.
The cost of school and other institutional membership is $250 USD per year.
A system of schools (defined as three or more Montessori campuses) pays the normal school dues
plus $100 for each satellite campus.
Individual membership is $60.

While this website contains a wealth of information open to the public, many more articles, videos, pdf books and other resources are available to members in our password protected members area.

For more information please contact our membership director:
Margot Garfield-Anderson
Email Margot
FAX: 941-359-8166
The Montessori Foundation Bookstore
935 N Beneva Rd Ste 609 #56
Sarasota, FL 34232

Upcoming IMC Events

IMC/Montessori Foundation Conference
Sarasota, Florida

Join us Thursday November 7- Sunday November 10, 2014 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Sarasota Bay for the Annual Conference of the Montessori Foundation, co-sponsored by the International Montessori Council and the Academy for Peace.
Download Conference Brochure

IMC Accredited Schools

IMC School Accreditation just recently completed its initial pilot phase. Approximately 20 schools are in process at this time. The following Montessori schools have completed the accreditation process and have earned full IMC School Accreditation:

Sea Pines Montessori Academy, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

Bowman International School, Palo Alto, CA, USA
MST LogoThe Montessori School of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Ghent Montessori School, Norfolk, VA, USA

The Westwood School, Dallas, TX, USA
International Montessori School of Hong Kong
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Desert Garden Montessori School

Phoenix, Arizona

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