Approved and licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education.
Garden Montessori School is accredited by Advanc-ED.
AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world that conducts rigorous on-site, external reviews of Pre K – 12 schools. It was created through a merger of the Pre K – 12 divisions of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), North Central Association Commission (NCA), and the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011.
Garden Montessori School was initially accredited by SACS in the 2008-09 school year. Every five years the school conducts reaccreditation in order to maintain its accreditation status. During the reaccreditation process the administrators and teachers conduct a Self–Study to determine strengths and areas of improvement. Several sources of information are analyzed by the staff members, including test data; parent, teacher, and student surveys; and an analysis of how well the school meets each AdvancED Standard. In addition, a School Improvement Plan is developed focusing on specific academic areas. A Peer Review team, consisting of educators from other districts or private schools, is also part of the reaccreditation. The team visits the classrooms, conducts meetings with stakeholders, and reviews the Self-Study and Improvement Plan. The Peer Review team makes recommendations and determines if the school meets the standards of Advanc-ED accreditation for another five year period.
The staff at Garden Montessori School is currently working on goals to improve student performance in reading vocabulary, math computation, and written composition. Recently the Improvement Plan was reviewed, and it was determined that the teachers and students are making good progress on the goals. In addition, the school developed a five year technology plan and determined teacher preferences for Professional Development. These goals and plans are extremely beneficial to Garden Montessori School to ensure that all learners reach their full potential.