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Montessori School of Columbia

Private | PK-5 | 70 students

Our school is best known for our challenging and individualized curriculum.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $123,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $790.

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Posted January 15, 2013

Our two boys, now in Fourth and Fifth grades, have attended the Montessori School of Columbia since preschool. The preschool program was excellent--not mere day care, but a genuine learning environment in which the children were encouraged to develop analytic and life skills. The new, expanded preschool facility--which, sadly, opened after our boys had already graduated to the elementary school--is impressive. Their experience in the elementary program has been consistently positive. It is amazing to visit the classrooms, and see all of the students quietly absorbed in their learning, singly and in small groups, with the teacher providing guidance as needed--a far cry from the regimentation and rote-learning of the traditional classroom. Teachers and assistants are caring, treating each child as an individual, encouraging self-paced realization of their fullest potential. Programs in Latin, Spanish, art, and music, are led by individuals who are enthusiastic and expert about their specialties. Parents are encouraged to participate, and their input is solicited and welcomed by the teachers, administration, and board.. In sum: an excellent school in the true Montessori tradition.
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Posted September 16, 2008

We sent two of our three children through the preschool program before the elementary school program. Our oldest child, who was the first to attend, entered as an elementary school student. We have found the Montessori School of Columbia a school that individualizes our children, and teaches them according to their own level. Each teacher and assistant our children encountered learned our children's strengths and weaknesses, and encouraged them to excel. The children happily learned 1) to work toward their goals, and 2) the value of their hard work. We have been pleased with all facets of this school. The academics are excellent, and there is also a sense of family that we like. The Latin, Spanish, Music, and Art classes are taught by instructors who are excited with their craft and work closely with the lead teachers. I cannot say enough great things about the Montessori School of Columbia.
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Posted February 6, 2008

We have had children at the Montessori School of Columbia since 2005 and have seen the wonderful results this authentic Montessori education has produced. Students are nurtured and encouraged each according to his/her own abilities and pace. The teachers and Board members are always responsive to parents for questions and discussion. My children are happy and thriving and we as parents couldn't be happier with our choice of Montessori schools in Columbia!
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Posted November 1, 2007

Our children have both flourished at the Montessori School of Columbia. We find the academics to be the best in the city. The teachers are very willing to listen to our ideas and opinions about our children's education. We are also impressed with the number of 'specials' that are offered latin, Spanish, Music and Art during the day.
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Posted June 15, 2006

MSC is a Montessori school in name only. Montessori schools are supposed to be places that encourage the 'whole child' to blossom. MSC targets its program around the children whose parents want them to be pressured to excel. The teachers do not get along well with one another, therefore setting a poor example for their students. Its board of directors is unresponsive to the parents who have not been selected to serve on the board. This humorless workhouse is a place where academically 'gifted' children may flourish, but less intellectual children are not appreciated for the gifts they bring to their classes. There is no athletic program. Math and science is emphasized to the expense of the humanities. Unless you want your child to be cajoled and barked into doing their work, heed this warning and look elsewhere.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 53%
Black 12% 36%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Karen Kuse
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Yoga
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Yoga

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Hand Middle School
Crayton Middle School
Dent Middle School
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1000 Greenlawn Drive
Columbia, SC 29209
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