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Frierson Elementary Transitions into a Montessori Program

Frierson Elementary Transitions into a Montessori Program
Posted on 08/01/2018
Montessori - Frierson

In the fall of 2016, the School Improvement Council (SIC), the Friends of Frierson, and the principal of Frierson Elementary School sat down with parents and residents of District 9 (Wadmalaw and John’s Island) to evaluate the future of the school. After a series of town hall meetings, CCSD agreed to fund and support a change from Frierson School of Technology into District 9’s first Montessori School.

This fall, Frierson will have two primary classes of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds. The following school year, an additional primary class and a lower elementary class of 6,7 and 8-year-olds will be added to Frierson’s Montessori program. As students move up in age, new classes will be added until Frierson has a full Montessori program, primary to adolescent.

In preparation for this transition, the school’s teachers professional development has focused on student growth, personalized learning, and student-centered classrooms.  Teachers participated in an Instructional Technology Cohort where they learned strategies to implement balanced literacy and small group instruction in all classrooms.

This year, instructors in 1st grade through 5th grade will participate in their second year as part of the $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. As shared by the project creator, "The goal is to transform elementary schools in Charleston County into Talent Development Academies. Teachers will use rich, interesting, rigorous curriculum proven to be effective in improving student achievement and learning."

The faculty, staff, and community of Frierson Elementary work hard to collaborate as effective teams. In doing so they have provided many opportunities for students to participate in learning experiences beyond the classroom.

Frierson students present quarterly musical performances, participate in visual arts contests, and field experiences. They participate in school-wide reading initiatives, The Reading Partners, and Terrific Kids Program, YoArt-Yo-Code, Grandparents Day, The School Garden, The 21st Century After-School program, Karate Club, ELF Morning News, The Crock-Pot Ladies-Cooking Club, Sign Language, STEP and Modern Dance Team, Track Team, Science Fair, Wellness Committee, Student Council, Sewing Club, and Service Learning projects.

In the future, Frierson will continue to strengthen and increase its efforts to collaborate in order to provide enriching opportunities for our students.

Edith L. Frierson is an environment that nurtures the development of the whole child, and the addition of the Montessori program will support the school's overall goal of increasing student achievement.

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