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Mission and History

We are a vibrant Montessori community where together, through our dynamic and relevant curriculum, we guide students toward self-discovery and the realization of their unique contributions to the world.

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 35+ 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.

MCS has grown to two toddler classes, three primary classes, two lower elementary classes, two upper elementary classes, and one adolescent 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 have 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 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. The Spark Center 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.