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Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School

Charter | PK-3 | 163 students

 

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Posted August 12, 2014

By far the best school in the Savannah Area. The teaching staff is fantastic, the administration is supportive, and the education my child is getting is wonderful. My child is developing into an independent thinker who can problem solve on his own, instead of a cookie cutter student as many of the other schools produce. My only complaint is that my child cannot attend this school through 12 grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

My son started attending CEMCS on 8/12/13 and I already see major changes in his behavior. He is becoming much more independent and curious about the world around him. We actually went to Dollar Tree yesterday to purchase his own little broom and dust pan so that he may clean up after himself. I am very impressed how the staff keeps the parents updated about the events at the school with emails, social media, and information sent home by my child. I would recommed this school to anyone who likes the Montessori teaching style.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2012

My daughter entered CEMCS in October 2011, after going to a reputable private school for kindergarten and then being taught at home for 1st-2nd grade. I am a certified, traditionally-trained teacher in GA and was hesitant about the Montessori method working for her. However, we have been pleasantly surprised at the results. She is more independent and polite, and values hard work more than before. This is much different from the girl that I taught at home. The only complaint I"ve had is the disorganization of some of the PTO- sponsored functions, which is separate from the functioning of the school itself. All teachers that I've met are friendly, positive and really seem to care about their students. The principal is fantastic - upbeat, professional, and capable of the burden of running a good school, a vast difference from the previous administrator, from what I've heard. I love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

While my son is really young, 3 years old, I can tell that he benefits from this school for a variety of reasons and that he is really happy there. For the first three months, he almost raced out of the door to go to school; now he is still happy but not so happy about waking up in the morning because the sun is not fully shining (winter). He is in the PK3 program and has learned social courtesies, his ABC sounds, fine motor skills such as dressing himself, and is overall more confident about his everyday activities. I come from a very traditional schooling and have high standards for my child which I feel are met by this school in the early years program (my child is too young for me to judge the later years of schooling, which I, nonetheless, have seen and heard great things about).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

This is my daughter's second year at this school and we could not be happier. The academic progress she has made is amazing, but also amazing is the personal transformation she has made. She is more confident and responsible even at home. I really love this program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

HORRIBLE experiance! After two days I pulled my child out of their pre-K program. The couldn't handle my child, but the school he was in previously (he had a speech delay and was in a special program at school where we lived at the time) they said he was an amazing child and his teachers and other students loved him. The do not want to teach children, they want perfectly behaved robots. I have heard that other teachers are amazing and maybe it was just a bad experiance but if you risk putting a child with any spirit in this school hope you don't get the one that my child had. Horrible, horrible experience!!!!! I would like to say that the principal was helpful and involved and I have no complaints about her at all.
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Posted July 13, 2011

My daughter has attended CEMCS for three years. The community of parents , teachers and faculty are superior examples of nurturing the education of every child. If you want an alternative to traditional school and are worried about the public schools in your district this is absolutely the best choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

This was my child's first year at CEMCS and she loved it. The environment is perfect for inquisitive children who are independent learners. The staff is caring and the parents work together to create a community/family.
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Posted July 12, 2011

My son has been coming to this school since he was three and is well on his way of being a citizen of the world. He is going to first grade next year and is learning about things I learned in Middle school. His teachers really care about him and they teach him to really care about others. There is a high rate of parent involvement which really helps with the basic needs of the students that also gives a smaller teacher to student ratio because of all the volunteering that goes on. There is a sense of community and because of the Montessori Method of keeping the students three years with the same teacher and students they really get to know the personality of the students and the students of each other. I highly reccommend this school if for the simple fact that I had a check list of everything I wanted out of a school and was amazed that I'd gotten it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

The teachers at this school are amazing! All the head teachers are Montessori trained. Education here is for the whole child. This school has done much with very little in its first three years. Excellent learning environment.
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Posted July 11, 2011

This is a new school that promises great result in the Montessori program. My son is currently enrolled there and has only been going there three months when his education made an 180 degree turn for the better. He was in Pre-K and started reading using phonetics. Try as I might to get him to count past 20 and he wouldn't, yet within those short months he has learned to count to one hundred :o) I look forward to the rewards this school has in store for my son and my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

Amazing school with amazing teachers! This is a gem in the Savannah Chatham School system. Admission via lottery, so don't miss out when applications are being accepted.
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Posted July 11, 2011

Excellent teachers! We were looking for an alternative to traditional schools when we found CEMCS. The Montessori method is amazing. If you haven't seen a Montessori school in action, please come visit. My daughter grew tremendously in her first year here. She started pre-k in the fall, but when the teacher saw she was ready my daughter started working with the kindergarteners. We were impressed with her progress and with the school's ability to meet her individual needs (instead of her spending five more months reviewing pre-K lessons). However, academics are not what set this school apart, it is the way children are self motivated and socially adept. Even during the summer, she chooses to spend time each day working (learning). Watching her with our son and their friends is charming. They work and play together without the need for much parent direction.
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Posted July 11, 2011

From a parent that helps in the class once a week. The kids love learning and teaching lessons. Come observe for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

42 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

42 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

42 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

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Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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39%

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50%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

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2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
67%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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55%

2012

 
 
58%

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 44%
Black 37% 37%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 45%N/A51%
Female 55%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Tanya Melville

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301 Burkhalter Rd
Savannah, GA 31405
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