Expanding Access to Montessori Education: An Opportunity for Disadvantaged Students | CUNY Institute for Education Policy
There are approximately 20,000 Montessori schools worldwide and 4,500 in the United States (NAMTA, 2015). However, only 500 of the 4,500 U.S. Montessori schools are in the public sector, which means that access to Montessori education is limited primarily to those with the means to pay for a private education (NCMPS, 2015b). As policymakers search for proven pathways of success for disadvantaged children, they should consider expanding the availability of Montessori education to more of our public school students. If we are to have a more equitable and effective public education system, skills that have been the province of the few must become universal.