The primary goal of a Montessori education is to help each child reach his or her full potential in all areas of life.
The carefully selected activities promote development of academic, social, and physical skills while building self-esteem and self-motivation.
As the child matures, the program facilitates the child's ability to think creatively and critically, encouraging each student to develop both abstract and practical intellectual and personal skills.
Most importantly, the curriculum allows the child to experience the joys of learning and creating knowledge, providing a rich and rewarding foundation for a life-long appreciation of and respect for education.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-6
  • Students: 142 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,250
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
142 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade
Montessori School Of Columbia Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
22 students
Classroom Dress Code
(no uniforms)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Annual tuition for preschool: $8000 Annual tuition for elementary: $8500
Admissions Director
Karen Kuse
Admissions Associate
Leslie Greene


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess, Latin, Spanish

Arts and Music Programs:
art, chorus, dance, music

Recreational Athletic Programs:
karate, physical education, yoga

School Notes

  • The Montessori School of Columbia sits on a peaceful, wooded two-acre campus in the heart of the city, just minutes from USC and Downtown Columbia. We serve 125 students in 3K through 6th grade. We are a warm community of families, staff, and students where children are inspired to learn.We offer an authentic Montessori education driven by each child`s innate love of learning. Children are provided with a rigorous, self-paced and individualized curriculum. The Montessori School of Columbia strikes a good balance between recognizing children`s freedom of choice and ensuring that they receive the instruction they need. Students work in multi-aged classrooms. We do not assume that every four year old is the same because they`re four or every nine year old is the same because they`re nine. People have strengths and people have weaknesses. Allowing children to work in mixed age groupings allows for a window of opportunity for children to work with others at similar levels, regardless of age. We value each child as an individual and ensure that every child is challenged according to their ability in every subject area. The Montessori method is designed to work with the child`s nature by allowing children to move, to speak, and to be comfortable so that they can maximize learning with little distraction. Concepts are taught using hands-on manipulatives and then those concepts are gradually moved to abstraction. With the Montessori materials, children truly understand what they are learning and they are active participants in their learning process.At the primary (3K-5K) level, children learn without realizing they are learning. By the time a child leaves the primary program, he/she has a quiet sense of competence. The child has been introduced to story-telling, mathematics, geometry, and the arts, and the groundwork has been laid for what comes next. At the elementary level, in addition to language and mathematics, children study geometry, geography, history, life science, physical science, art, music, Spanish, and Latin. We focus on teaching students how to research, and we have a robust writing program. At all levels, children learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment. We make every effort to prepare the whole child intellectually, socially, emotionally, linguistically, and physically. Children develop a sense of personal responsibility. A child who completes  our program over nine years is centered, competent, confident, and ready to take on any challenge.

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-6
  • Students: 142 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,250
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Columbia, SC is $9,324 for elementary schools and $10,850 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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