Accreditation & Certifications

Accreditation & Certifications

Accreditation Mountaintop is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the American Montessori Society. Experienced VAIS and AMS educators review our programs and practices regularly to ensure that they meet these organizations' standards. You can read the information we publish with assurance that VAIS and AMS hold us accountable to deliver the programs we describe. These organizations provide our faculty and administration with invaluable resources, connecting us to current research, professional development opportunities and a wealth of experience in teaching and school management. We have been accredited by the American Montessori Society since 2006 and by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools since 2008.

Certifications Our campus is a 9-acre classroom. Students' work includes gardening and maintaining our cooperative sanctuary with Audubon International and our certified wildlife habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. Both of the certifications we hold are designed specifically for schools and we submit information to Audubon and NWF regularly to keep them informed of student involvement in projects that sustain and improve our habitats and environmental education programs. We have been certified as an Audubon cooperative sanctuary since 2001 and we have held certified wildlife habitat status with NWF since 2007. Our involvement with both of these programs grew out of a tradition of birdwatching among longtime faculty members here and their observation that studying the birds found on campus provided a wonderful way for students to learn about the adaptations that allow all living things to meet their needs in their environments.