Montessori Community School

Basic Information

Address: 4512 Pope Rd Durham, NC 27707
County: Durham
Phone Number: 919-493-8541
Fax Number: 919-493-8165

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Additional Information

School Type: Montessori
Founded: 1980
Ages/Grades: 18 months - 14 years
School Size: 251
Classroom Size: Varies by Age
Student/Teacher Ratio: Varies by Age

Varies by Age - $8,230 - $12,900

Financial Aid:

Yes, requires application


An authentic Montessori education. Individually-paced instruction and hands-on learning. Strong math and science curriculum. Vibrant and varied fine arts programs. Extended morning and evening care options available.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Computers available for student use in Upper Elementary (4th - 6th grade) as well as Adolescent program (7th - 8th grade).

School Clubs:

Chess and Jazz clubs

Admissions Requirements:

Application must be submitted. A meeting will be scheduled with the Admissions Director and the prospective family.

Mission Statement:

Montessori Community School (MCS) is a not-for-profit Montessori learning community of children, parents, faculty, and staff, each with distinct roles and responsibilities. Adults work in concert to support the healthy, holistic development of children as active, peaceful, life-long learners and global citizens.

School History:

Montessori Community School, a non-profit organization with a parent/staff governing board, was formed in 1980. At that time, a group of dedicated parents banded together to keep their children’s preschool, then the Montessori Children’s House of Chapel Hill, in operation when its proprietors decided to close. In the ensuing years, MCS has worked to maintain its core values as enrollment quadrupled, elementary and toddler programs were added, and new facilities were constructed. Today MCS enjoys an enrollment of approximately 250 students with 40 full- and part-time support staff, one toddler class, five primary children’s house classes, three lower elementary classes, two upper elementary classes, and an adolescent community. MCS has been at its current site since 1984 and is accredited by the American Montessori Society and was re-accredited in 2009-10. MCS is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the National Council for Private Schools.