Charter schools are public schools and do not charge tuition. Like other public schools, charter schools are funded according to their enrollment (also called average daily attendance, or ADA), and receive funding from the school district and the state according to the number of students attending. However, the ways and amounts at which charters are funded compared to their district counterparts differ. On average, charter schools are funded at 61 percent of their district counterparts.
Furthermore, as a charter school, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. We provide an excellent Montessori education with high-quality materials and pedagogy that includes a teacher and an assistant in each classroom providing 12:1 student-teacher ratio, global learning opportunities, STEM program with a dedicated STEM coordinator, and more.
Giving is essential to the success of East Cooper Montessori Charter School. As a charter school, we do not receive government funding for our building, grounds, or transportation. We rely on contributions. And as a Montessori school dedicated to academic excellence, lifelong learning and stewardship of our community, financial gifts allow us to continue to seek out and offer our students the best opportunities for innovative learning.
The Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is a source of revenue from generous parents and community members that directly supports educational programming otherwise not provided in our annual budget. All contributions are tax-deductible.
The ECMCS Annual Giving Fund helps us enhance all aspects of our programs - academics, creative arts and expression, and to cultivate independent thinkers.
The Annual Giving Fund is an essential part of what makes our school so special. It offers a chance for the families, staff, and friends to unite and demonstrate their commitment to our school. The funds raised support curriculum needs and allow for the purchase of equipment and materials that enhance our students' diverse educational experiences.
Each year we strive for 100% participation among our families, board members, and staff. We hope you will consider supporting the ECMCS Annual Giving Fund this year! If you are wondering how much to give, we suggest $1 per day per student, but every contribution, large or small, makes a big difference to our students! Your generosity in supporting East Cooper Montessori Charter School allows us to continue to provide an enriched, public Montessori education to our children!
Donations can be made online by clicking here or by cash or check. Your gift is tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.