Walnut Farm Montessori School is the first American Montessori Society accredited school in the state of Arkansas. In March 2010, Walnut Farm Montessori School received accredited status by both the American Montessori Society and AdvancEd. With passion and enthusiasm, the school successfully completed the self-study and standards necessary to be granted full accreditation by both nationally recognized institutions. Walnut Farm’s staff and Board of Trustees continually assess and prepare for re-accreditation every seven years.
The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. AMS sets the high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. A not-for-profit organization based in New York City, with nearly 13,000 members worldwide, AMS is also a hub of all things Montessori: an information center for its members, the media, and the public; a voice in the public policy arena; and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community, through support services, research, and professional development events. Learn more about the AMS accreditation process by visiting this link: http://amshq.org/School-Resources/AMS-School-Accreditation
AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world partnering with 34,000 schools and school systems across the United States and 70 other nations. AdvancedED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. AdvancED’s expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation. The goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough; instead, AdvancED is committed to helping schools improve. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2012. Learn more about the AdvanEd accreditation process by visiting this link: http://www.advanc-ed.org/services/accreditation