James Simons Montessori School

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    Elizabeth Dillenkoffer, Principal
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Welcome to James Simons Montessori School

  • A proud member of the American Montessori Society!

    James Simons Montessori School, originally built in 1919, is nestled in the heart of Charleston and was one of the first schools in Charleston to desegregate in the 1960's.  We serve children three years of age through grade eight.  Our passionate staff has created a positive, nurturing school environment that exemplifies our school mission of providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive community that inspires critical thinkers and life-long learners. Our motto of Peace, Passion, and Purpose reinforces our mission and commitment to grow as a culturally competent community.  Our school guides students in developing the World Class Skills of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate through the implemention of the Montessori curriculum.  The Montessori approach promotes children’s inherent love of learning by giving them the opportunity to be spontaneous and engage in meaningful activities under the guidance of a trained instructor.  Our Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children can be driven naturally to work and learn.  Children develop concentration, motivation, persistence, and self-discipline within this framework.  Each child progresses at a pace and rhythm that matches their individual abilities and propels them forward in their learning continuum.