• East Cooper Montessori Charter School's mission is to provide a rigorous Montessori education, guiding children toward academic excellence, lifelong learning, and stewardship of the greater community.   


      • In 2003, East Cooper Montessori Charter School opened its doors with 44 students in first through third grades in one, 1,200 square foot rental trailer. In 2007, we grew to serve 259 students in grades first through eighth in a 14,000 square foot building. In order to support the demand for top notch Montessori education, we moved to our new 20,000 square foot home serving over 400 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.

      Our Classrooms

      • 2
        Primary Classes
        3-6 year olds
      • 7
        Lower Elementary Classes
        1st-3rd grade
      • 4
        Upper Elementary Classes
        4th-5th grade
      • Middle School Community 6th-8th grade

      Our Teachers

      • 13:1 Average Student to Teacher Ratio
      • 56.2% of Teachers have a master's degree or above
      • Montessori Certified Teacher in each class
      • 3 National Board Certified teachers
      • 11 Gifted and Talented endorsed teachers
      • Teaching Assistant in every class

      Our Special Programs

      • World Peace Games in upper elementary
      • Montessori Model United Nations in middle school
      • STEM Program dedicated STEM coordinator
      • Fine Arts for all Students Music, Theater, Visual Arts