Sea Pines Montessori Academy Photo #1
Sea Pines Montessori Academy Photo #1
Sea Pines Montessori Academy has been educating children for over 50 years.
South Carolina's original Montessori preschool.  We currently serve children 12 months to 8th grade on beautiful Hilton Head Island.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 132 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
132 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade
Sea Pines Montessori Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges from $ 9,000 to $15,000
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Susanna Myburgh
Admissions Associate
Erika Morgan


Total Sports Offered
6 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
3 extracurriculars
Piano, Suzuki Violin

Arts and Music Programs:

School Notes

  • Nestled amongst the forest preserve and Atlantic Ocean lies a beautiful school at the south end of Hilton Head Island. We are Sea Pines Montessori Academy. Thank you for showing interest in our school. We look forward to introducing you to our school`s rich and caring learning environment during our tour today.
  • We are South Carolina`s first and oldest Montessori school. Mary Stone Fraser, wife of Sea Pines Plantation developer, founded Sea Pines Montessori Academy in 1968 as a (3-6 year old) one-room children`s house. Today we celebrate classrooms for students ages 12 months to 8th grade, a library, a Suzuki piano and violin studio, a dedicated Spanish language teacher, and a beautiful green space and playground for children to enjoy. In addition to offering a fitness program, a golf program with First Tee of the Lowcountry and tennis at a local tennis academy, we also offer basketball, soccer, cross country and golf as extra-curricular activities.Our school culture ensures a safe and nurturing environment that fosters independence in a multi-age learning environment. This allows for the child to move at their own pace without the pressures of having to be aligned with the group.
  • Finding a school is easy but choosing the right one for your child can be challenging. Our mission is to meet each child where they are at and to provide them with the best foundation for character development and academic discovery while promoting leadership and confidence. At SPMA, we know that when we work together and become one unit, each child feels comfortable, safe, confident, loved, and most importantly, happy.
  • A Montessori school should feel like a home, a "Children`s House" to be exact. When Maria Montessori opened her first classroom in 1907, she dubbed it Casa dei Bambini, or Children`s House. It was "owned" by the children - materials, art, and windows at eye level, child sized desks and tables, small sinks and toilets, and children of all ages in a familial setting. This is what sets Montessori apart from other schools. This ownership of the environment that the children feel contributes to their pride, independence, confidence, and love of learning. In the same regard, Montessori teachers are very special. They are trained for a specific age group and know that age range in and out - socially, emotionally, academically, and physically.
  • In 2018, we celebrated 50 historic years as a school in the community, which included the planting of a time capsule celebration that was led by our founder, Mary Fraser, gifting a key to the Town of Hilton Head Island by the Mayor and Town Council, and a commendation from the Governor of South Carolina! We are excited to see what our next 50 years will bring.
  • We invite your questions about our work, philosophies, and school life, and value the opportunity to begin this educational journey together with you and your child.
Profile last updated: 09/08/2021

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 132 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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