Observations are scheduled on Tuesday mornings. Observations begin about six weeks into the school year, when classrooms are settled, and when visits won't disturb the children. The first-time observation consists of a brief orientation/introduction with a staff member, including review of the observation guidelines, followed by 15-minute observations in each of the three levels: lower elementary, upper elementary, and middle school. The observation concludes with a Q and A with the Director or other designee, making the total time of the observation an hour and a half. Subsequent observations may be done without the orientation, focused on just one level, and without the Q and A.
Visiting observers will be escorted to each classroom by the Office Manager and shown where to sit. It is important that the observers remain seated and observe the activities of the classroom, both out of respect for the children and to help them gain a more accurate picture of a Montessori environment.