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Montessori Community School students span the ages of 18 month to 14 years. Our Toddler Community students are 18 months to 3 years in one class. Primary (or Pre-K) classes have students from 3 to 6 years old. The Elementary Level is sub-divided into Lower Elementary, with 6 through 9 year olds, and Upper Elementary with 9 to 12 year old students. The Middle School (Adolescent Program) includes students between 12 and 14 years old. Students remain in the same classroom for three years in Primary and Elementary, and for two years in the Middle School.
In all our classrooms, the rich interdisciplinary curriculum offers extensions into advanced work for students who are free to explore beyond “grade level”. The three-year cycle give children the opportunity to revisit favorite lessons or materials or topics each year as well.
Students from age 5 through to 14 have formal Specials and students at the Elementary Level can choose to participate in any number of after school activities including chess club, jazz dance, art, or soccer. We also offer Extended Care (before and after school) for children who require care beyond the hours of the traditional school day.
Students do not receive traditional letter grades at MCS. Progress is monitored by teachers through close observation of students and their ability to internalize and master skills presented. Teachers and parents meet several times a year for conferences. Parents are always welcome to observe in the classroom, ask questions and learn more about their child’s progress.
At all program levels, parents receive comprehensive progress reports twice a year before conference time. All students in primary and elementary invite their parents into the classroom during the year to demonstrate the work and research they have done. All students, 3rd - 8th grade, take an annual standardized test to further assess their progress.
Students who leave Montessori Community School transition exceptionally well to other public and independent schools.
The Montessori Community School is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).