East Cooper Montessori Charter School

The school you choose with your head and your heart.

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  • Jody Swanigan, Principal
    Jody Swanigan, Principal
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      • Our mission is to provide a rigorous Montessori education, guiding children toward academic excellence, lifelong learning, and stewardship of the greater community.


      • East Cooper Montessori Charter School has evolved from one 1,200 square foot rental trailer with 44 students in first through third grades in 2003, to a 14,000 square foot building, constructed in 2007, now serving 259 students in grades first through eighth, to our new home serving 420 students ages 3 to eighth grade.

        Progress has not always been easy, but the school’s leadership has persevered with unshakeable determination, encouraged by parents and community members who continue to support the vision and mission of ECMCS. We have made Adequate Yearly Progress every year since our inception, as well as received the distinction of being awarded the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards. We continue to see the demand for our school in a long waiting list. 


      • ECMCS is located in beautiful Mt. Pleasant, SC, allowing for year-round outdoor time. Our students enjoy two beautiful playgrounds, class gardens, a shaded courtyard featuring the Louis C. Meyer Literacy Garden, and outdoor classroom spaces that are also useable for eating lunch in the fresh air. 

        Our classrooms are spacious and airy and have been renovated to meet the needs of Montessori learners. Each classroom is outfitted with Montessori materials and technology upgrades, which include a Promethean Board. Other features include a theater with new audio and video systems and a STEM room with a dedicated STEM coordinator.

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