We certainly have a lot of questions about “ABC Montessori” – which seems to be a chain in India. Kimberly has often touted her “opening” of many schools in India. We started digging into this claim. What is the real relationship between “ABC Montessori” and “Academy for the Brilliant Child”?
As almost everything with this family, this relationship isn’t clear at all. According to the Georgia Secretary of State website, neither “Academy For Brilliant Child” nor “ABC Montessori” have ever been registered as a business/dba. They refer to themselves as “ABC Montessori / Academy of the Brilliant Child” on LinkedIn. Almost all correspondence and signage has had “ABC Montessori” – but when suing they refer to themselves as “ACE Education”.
There IS a chain called ABC Montessori : https://www.abcmontessori.co.in/ – an “international” chain. They only reference their schools in India, and it is clear they are a franchise. They also list at the top of their website that they are a MEMBER of the International Montessori Council, USA.
The International Montessori Council
The International Montessori Council has no requirements for membership other than PAYMENT of $350 per year. On the IMC website:
School Full Membership is open to any school representing itself as offering a Montessori program for children between the years of infancy through high school. School membership is also open to Montessori schools that are in the process of being organized. IMC Full Membership Schools have not yet applied for IMC School Accreditation.https://www.montessori.org/the-international-montessori-council-imc/
What this means is that they have not actually been held to any sort of standard or been checked/validated. ABC Montessori in McDonough has also claimed this same membership since inception.
The tried and true accreditation for any real Montessori program is AMI (Association Montessori International )or AMS (American Montessori Society). Out of more than 4,000 so-called Montessori schools across the country, only 1,250 are affiliated with the American Montessori Society (and only 204 are AMS-accredited), and about 220 are recognized by AMI. ABC Montessori is NOT one of these accredited Institutions.
Gurmeet Singh Arora
The Chairman of the Intenational Pre-School Chain ABC Montessori is Gurmeet Singh Arora . He’s in the photos above with Kim and Larry. He does not acknowledge or claim either Kim or Larry as founding agents. He does not reference any school in the United States. His team is listed and there is no mention of Kim or Larry.
An “Alliance” School
There is a section entitled “Business Opportunity” on the homepage where “Alliance School” is referenced. The link for additional info doesn’t work, but its described as “We work closely for the success of existing Pre-school(s), as well a entrepreneurs/individuals/organizations with passion.”
This Curriculum book was in the office of ABC Montessori in McDonough Georgia:
This “Curriculum” book is clearly a resource from the Franchise Corporate Office, created for their “Alliance” franchise agreement with Academy of the Brilliant Child Inc. “American Certification to every child” is printed on the front and back.
There is also a Facebook page for the Corporate Office of ABC Montessori, which matches the information on the back of the Curriculum Book.
Just A Franchise….
Take a look again at the document Kim created for marketing:
Kimberly Morey has completely stretched the truth to the point of breaking. They bought into a chain in another country as an “alliance” membership, but they have tried to spin it as if they themselves are responsible for the opening of all these other schools in India.
Constantly smudging the truth to seem more reputable, successful and trustworthy is a tactic used by Kim and Larry over and over to take advantage of Henry County. This family must be stopped.
Other links/ information about ABC Montessori in India: