About Us

The Montessori Children’s School, Inc. was founded in 1993 as Jacksonville Montessori School by three dedicated Montessori families. In 1997, the school opened a building designed to meet the needs of Montessori students. The school has grown to include classes for Toddler, Primary and Elementary students.

The school is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) and is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the parents.  The school is a legal Non-Public School in North Carolina, member of Montessori Educational Programs International and a licensed Day Care facility. Montessori Children’s School is a Member School of the American Montessori Society.

School Community: The relationship between staff and parents is essential to the success and strength of the school.  The parents are active in supporting the school through volunteer efforts.

Incorporation: 1997

Enrollment: 145 Children

Ages: 1 – 12

Composition: Day student population from throughout the area representing the races, cultures, religions, and languages of a multi-national population.

Philosophy: Students are active participants, problem solvers, and learners who best learn “by doing”, guided by accomplished teachers who are gifted facilitators.

Curriculum: A Montessori curriculum of math, language, science, and culture taught in an experiential and inter-disciplinary manner to students cross-age grouped in 3-year developmental learning “cycles.”

Governance: 5-15 member unpaid Board of Directors.

Leadership: Head of School, Stacey Gardner

Strong leadership, a thoughtful planning process, and prudent financial management have enable MCS to meet past planning goals with success. Through institutional assessment and careful long-range planning, high educational standards have been met and emerging opportunities seized during a time of growth.

Montessori Children’s School facilities include:

  • Center for creative learning, built on the current site in 1997
  • Outdoor Learning Pavilion, opened 2009
  • Elementary Building, opened January 2011
  • Free flowing and open space that allows the child to move
  • Place where the children feel at home
  • Safe place, in a wooded area with an environment designed by the children for work, play, and learning
  • Special place, architecturally scaled to the child’s world: furniture windows, sinks, and material are all child-size
  • Two Stepping Stones Classrooms for one to three year olds
  • Three Primary Classrooms for three to six year olds
  • Two Lower Elementary Classrooms for six to nine year olds
  • One Upper Elementary Classroom for nine to twelve year olds