Montessori Day School began out of a vision I had for my own child to continue his Montessori education in the elementary years. The Montessori method honors the innate intelligence within children and provides a means where education is used to stimulate a child's natural desire to understand the world around him. My vision was supported by like-minded parents also wanting to fulfill their own desires for their children's future.
In 2001, Montessori Day School (MDS) opened with nine students in an Elementary I classroom. Interest in our school grew and in 2002, we expanded both the programs and space by beginning our second year with Toddler, Primary, and Elementary I classrooms in the Unity Church of Charleston's education wing. To better serve the community, the school became a non-profit organization, began offering In-House Financial Assistance Programs (IHA), and became an enhanced provider of the DSS/ABC program. In 2005, a modular classroom was donated; allowing Elementary I and II to have more space and maximize their independent learning. In 2008, we combined both elementary programs and added support for homeschooling families. Two years ago, we successfully increased the scope of our environmental curriculum to include raising chickens within the gardening program.
As we look toward the 2014-2015 school year and beyond, the vision for Montessori Day School's future continues to include further program enrichment, and community outreach programs.
MDS appreciates the varied contributions from members within our community that cooperate with us, helping us to be in alignment with our vision and our mission to offer quality Montessori education to many everyday families in the Charleston region.
Lucinda Olasov, Board Chair
Lori Floyd, Director
Alexandria Ravenel, President
S. Renee Singletary
Richard Parsons, Head of School
Bridget Smoak lin jay