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Mission and History

MCS is a learning community of children, parents, faculty, and staff, each with distinct roles and responsibilities. Adults work in concert to support children’s development as active, peaceful, life-long learners, and global citizens.

The Montessori Community School has emphasized a strong sense of community since our school was founded in 1980.  At that time, a group of dedicated parents banded together to keep their children’s preschool (called the Chapel Hill Montessori School, at that time) in operation when the proprietors decided to close. Our community has grown consistently since our founding, and we have steadily added students, faculty, staff, and facilities over our 30+ year history. Even with our growth, we remain strongly connected to our past and continue to value the strength of the families who had the vision to create our community.

Today the Montessori Community School enjoys an enrollment of over 270 students and 50 full and part-time support staff. We have grown to one toddler class, five primary classes, three lower elementary classes, two upper elementary classes, and one middle school class.

We have been accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) since 2001, the National Council for Private School Accreditation since 2009, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Over the years, we’ve continued to expand to meet the needs of our growing student population. In recent years, we completed the construction of a building that serves the adolescent community (middle school program) and upper elementary classes. It includes a wetlands habitat, a rainwater catchment and drip irrigation system, working solar panels, a full-size sport field, and other features that make our campus both environmentally friendly and supportive of outdoor learning.

During the summer of 2009, we completed the construction of a Fine Arts Center, the centerpiece of our $4 million Campaign to Complete the Community. This building contains dedicated space for art and music instruction. With our Capital Campaign assets, we also purchased an adjoining 4-acre property, paving the way for future expansion and implementation according to what we have outlined in our Campus Master Plan.