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Mountaineer Montessori School

Private | PK-6 | 81 students


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Posted February 5, 2014

Mountaineer Montessori used to be the best-kept secret in town. But that's changed as parents looking alternatives to one-size-fits-all education come to realize that no other school in the area comes close to what MMS offers. There is a waiting list at all class levels, and the school is expanding to a middle school next fall. Outstanding and challenging academics, in a nurturing environment, inspire your child to fulfill his potential. Incredible art, music and cultural programming led by world-class instructors. Faculty are highly experienced and have authentic Montessori certifications (not online training). If you're looking for the best for your child, look no further than MMS. After 40 years, they're on to something.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2013

If you want the best educational experience for your child in the entire state, look no further than Mountaineer Montessori. Our son has been a student since age 4, and is a third grader testing several grades above level (he is not alone...most kids perform way above their peers at other schools). Highly qualified, experienced teachers provide exceptional instruction in an authentic Montessori environment...developing your child's unique potential and promoting academic excellence and a lifetime love of learning. Unmatched arts (instructors from WVSO, Mountain Stage), PE (at UC pool and gym), onsite reading specialist, certified faculty, enriching after school and summer camps create an educational experience unmatched anywhere. The proof is in the pudding...four decades of graduates, who typically make up most of the National Merit and honor students at area high schools. Alumni are doctors, PhDs, lawyers and leaders helping to make the world a better place. Great kids, parents, teachers create a warm, nurturing, positive community where there is respect, courtesy and commitment to creating a better future for our children, our community and our world.
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Posted October 16, 2012

Our son has been here over 3 years, this is an excellent program, We are very pleased with the staff at all levels. The teachers are dedicated, certified and this school has an over 30 year history of providing excellent education into the community. Superb academic and cultural issues and opportunities. Last year the school provided a program for parents explaining transitions from MMS to other schools. It was incredibly impressive. From high school, college and graduate school the former MMS students reported a love of reading, working independently and culturally aware. Just a first class operation that is professionally run by true Montessori educators. All Mountaineer Montessori lead teachers are AMS certified by proper training, not some online class. This is the real deal.
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Posted August 8, 2010

All Mountaineer Montessori lead teachers are AMS certified! They are a super team and provide a quality education. This year's high school senior class had four National Merit scholars and one valedictorian, all MMS graduates.
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Posted July 21, 2010

This school is not Montessori accredited and some lead teacher lack college degrees. The tuition is higher than that of any other private school in the area.
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Posted January 5, 2010

This school is totally centered on doing what is right for your child. It's awesome.
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Posted February 27, 2008

I am an alumni of MMS. It was the best 8 years of my life. Though it did not fully prepare my socially for public school, it got me where I needed to be academically. Overall it is a great school.

Posted May 14, 2006

My son used to go to this school for two years. He did very well and seemed to excell in everything. However, when he mainstreamed into high school, he was not prepared whatsoever and had a very, very hard time adjusting. Overall, I think this school should work on improving the quality of the academics.
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Posted March 14, 2005

My daughter is in her 7th year at MMS. She loves the school. I am thrilled that she has aquired a love of learning.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 1%
Black 4% 5%
Hispanic 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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308 20th Street Southeast
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 342-7870


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