Montessori Community School

MCS enrolls students from 18 months through 8th grade.
The MCS campus is set on over 13 acres of natural landscape and has wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces where students work, play, discover, and learn.
The highly dedicated and trained faculty guide each child's progress through the curriculum fostering a love of learning, perseverance, independence, and the value of community.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 222 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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Montessori Community School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
222 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade
Montessori Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by program and length of the school day
Summer Program Cost Notes
Cost varies by program and length of day
Admissions Director
Mike Miller


Total Sports Offered
2 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess, Yoga

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Ceramics, West African Drumming

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • MCS is a place to grow; a place where indoor classrooms and outdoor environments provide children with direct access to the natural world; where dedicated, highly-trained faculty prepare beautiful, orderly classrooms and skillfully guide each child's progress through the curriculum; and where parents are active partners in their children's education, confident that the school's teaching methods will inspire academic excellence and healthy interactions. Located on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham, MCS is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). MCS welcomes children of all ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, family structures, sexual orientations, racial identities, national origins, religions, and abilities to be a part of the toddler, pre-K, elementary, and adolescent programs.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Montessori Community School offer a summer program?
Yes, Montessori Community School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Montessori Community School offer?
Montessori Community School offers 2 interscholastic sports: Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.
When is the application deadline for Montessori Community School?
The application deadline for Montessori Community School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).
In what neighborhood is Montessori Community School located?
Montessori Community School is located in the Cross County Neighborhood neighborhood of Durham, NC.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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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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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 222 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Durham, NC is $13,054 for elementary schools and $18,156 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Durham, NC is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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