Montessori Community School

5.00 (2 reviews)
4512 Pope Road
Durham, NC 27707-0277
Tel: (919)493-8541
Grades: PK-8 | 250 students
Montessori Community School is home to 220+ students, pre-school through eighth grade.
The MCS campus is set on 14 acres of natural landscape that lends itself to a Montessori environment.
An American Montessori Society-accredited school, MCS has wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces where students can work, play, discover, and learn.
We have a highly dedicated and trained faculty that guide each child's progress through the curriculum.
We educate children according to Dr. Maria Montessori's highest values of community, love of learning, perseverance, and education as an aid to life.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1980

Student Body

Total Students 250 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade Montessori Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 21 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,000
Tuition Notes Tuition varies by program and length of school day; $10,000 is for a full-day program.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $2,500
Admissions Director Cindy Zajic


Total Sports Offered 2 sports
Sports Soccer, Ultimate FrisbeeSoccerUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Badminton, Ceramics, Chess, Girls on the Run, Jazz, Mandarin Music & Movement, Music of Nature, Rhythm and Roots, Soccer, Tee Ball, West African Drumming, Yoga Art, Badminton, Ceramics, Chess, Jazz, Soccer, Tee Ball, Yoga, Girls on the Run,
Mandarin Music & Movement,
Music of Nature,
Rhythm and Roots,
West African Drumming,

School Notes

  • Montessori Community School is a place to grow; a place where indoor classrooms and outdoor environments provide children with direct access to the natural world; a place where dedicated, highly-trained faculty prepare beautiful, orderly classrooms and skillfully guide each child's progress through the curriculum; a place where MCS parents are active partners in their children's education, confident that Montessori methods inspire academic excellence and healthy interactions. Located on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham, the The Montessori Community School is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). We welcome qualified applicants into our toddler, pre-K (primary), elementary, and adolescent programs.
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School Reviews

   5.00 out of 5 (2 reviews)
5.0 Stars   05/17/16
This is a great school and wonderful community. The teachers are seasoned but still maintain an enthusiasm that is hard to find elsewhere. It's a positive and nurturing environment. I have a child who transitioned out after a few years and is way ahead in the public school. Arts and music programs are excellent. Needs a few more sports but lots of choices for clubs and activities.
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5.0 Stars   04/08/13
A wonderful school that is convenient to families in Chapel Hill and Durham. It has a true community feel to it where my children feel safe and supported by teachers at all levels as well as the administrators. Parents are very involved and welcoming to new families. Lots of great after school options: Soccer, Clay, Art, Jazz, Indian Dance, and Study Hall for those in middle school. My kids have tried most of them and enjoyed being with their friends after school hours. A school worth exploring if you are looking for a school that cares about your child and really wants them to succeed. My child started as a 3 year old and is now in 8th grade here. We all wish there was a High School here as none of us want to leave MCS!
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