About Montessori Community School

Montessori Community School is home to over 240 students, ages 18 months to 14 years. Our campus is set on 14 acres of natural landscape that lends itself to a Montessori environment. Located on the border between Durham and Chapel Hill, we offer children in toddler to middle school wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces where they can work, play, discover, and learn.

We have a highly dedicated and trained faculty that guide each child’s progress through the curriculum. We educate children according to Dr. Maria Montessori’s highest values of community, love of learning, perseverance, and education as an aid to life. We also prepare students for success in the local secondary schools.

MCS has a strong community of teachers, staff, students, and parents, all working in concert to the best outcome for our children. It is a place where parents are active partners in their children’s education. We have a very active parent/teacher organization (the PTO), a strong, forward-thinking board, and an outstanding team of administrators responsible for each of the programs – toddler/primary, elementary, and adolescent.

We have a robust academic program that promotes independent learning with an emphasis on building concepts, problem-solving, and mastery of skills. Our specials include P.E., Spanish, Music and Art for all students from K to 8th grade and Spanish and Music for our pre-K students. A variety of clubs, sports, and classes are available after school to our elementary and middle school age students. 

The Campus

Our campus includes five primary (pre-K and kindergarten) classes and one toddler class in our 100 and 200 Primary buildings. Each classroom has its own outdoor garden and shared natural learning area. The three lower elementary classes (grades 1-3) are housed in our 300 building adjacent to the elementary playground; each has beautiful bright open spaces and its own bathrooms, cubbies, and kitchen. Our two upper elementary classes (grades 4-6) and our middle school program (grades 7 and 8) enjoy our newest classroom spaces in the 600 building. This building has a computer/technology space and a full kitchen, along with ample library space within the classrooms.

The centerpiece of the campus is the beautiful fine arts building, The Spark Center, which houses our music and art programs. Finally, the children enjoy outdoor learning and play all over campus with three playgrounds, outdoor learning centers, a sport field, sand volleyball court, track, basketball and four square courts, plus a wonderful wooded area.

Our outdoor wetland habitats improve water quality using green principles, nurture biodiversity (introducing novel and sustainable flora and fauna to the MCS campus), and address community concerns for storm water run-off by increasing our capacity to retain rainwater on site. The wetland areas provide students with accessible living laboratories for the study of ecology, biology, chemistry, and other related sciences.