Montessori Fountainhead School

Classical Montessori education for children aged 2.5 - 12 years, in the heart of downtown Charleston

Operating as usual


A tub of hot water, a washboard in a wooden frame with somewhere to rest the bar of laundry soap in pauses from scrubbing - this is a familiar image of how our great-grandmothers washed the laundry. In our Primary Montessori classroom we try to expose children to old school traditions, customs, tools, and activities, that require time and effort. Those, that teach them logical thinking and patience, and those, that allow them to experience the greatest satisfaction and accomplishment.



As a private school, Montessori Fountainhead is not required to follow Charleston County School District's policies, but we have generally followed their lead regarding school openings, closures, and holidays. This has minimized confusion, and allowed families with children in both our school and public school to plan for vacations, hurricane evacuations, etc. When CCSD schools switched to at-home learning this past Spring, we did the same.

After careful consideration, we have decided that it is no longer in the best interests of our students to defer to CCSD's leadership. We agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics, whose guidelines state: "The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school." In addition, the AAP recommended the following:

- For pre-kindergarten students, cohort classes, spend time outdoors, and limit visitors to the building. The impact of physical distancing is small and difficult to implement in this age group.

- Elementary students should wear face coverings if the risk of touching their mouth or nose is not greater than the benefit of reducing the spread of COVID-19. When possible, spacing desks 3 to 6 feet apart and using cohort classes and outdoor space, is recommended.

As the AAP observed, schools are vital not only for academic instruction, but for the development of social and emotional skills, physical activity, and mental health.

Therefore, we will be reopening both the primary and elementary classrooms of Montessori Fountainhead in the Fall, as planned, on August 10th. We will be performing temperature checks when students arrive, and we are requiring students and teachers to wear transparent face shields as an interim measure.

Please note: we reserve the right to alter or discontinue the face shield policy, as the situation evolves. Schools are in uncharted territory, and we are doing our absolute best to protect the mental, emotional, and physical health of our students and their families. 03/27/2018

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Father and son, 35 years apart. Same school, same teacher, same map. 😁


Montessori Fountainhead School | Academic Calendar

Hope everybody is enjoying the summer! The calendar for the 2017-2018 school year is now up on the website. There's also a link to a Google calendar that you can subscribe to! This is the official calendar for the current school year.


We had a wonderful field trip today to Jeremiah Goat Farms and Angel Oak. Thank you to everyone who came out with us!


The Valentine's Day Tea Party was a magnificent - and very well-mannered - success!


Fun Friday STEM project. Build Little Miss Muffet a spider trap using at least 1 simple machine. Some very creative, yet simple ideas.


Timeline Photos


This afternoon the elementary classroom and a few helpers from the primary classroom wrote words of encouragement and packed over 75 "take-away" bags for Mother Emmanuel's feed the homeless event.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated items. Your generosity is very much appreciated. And big hugs to Ms. Kristi and Mr. Mark for coming and helping with the logistics.

To our students: Great Teamwork! You are an amazing bunch of kids! We are very lucky teachers.


This afternoon, the fifth years gave a great presentation on Phineas Gage, the man who survived for 11 years after an iron rod went through his brain. Great work and fantastic teamwork!


Fun day in the elementary classroom today. The Charleston Museum visited with a program on the Revolutionary War. Dressing the part was a must. The students also made beeswax candles and a cup and ball game to take home.


Just a reminder. We are open for Election Day (Tuesday), and closed Veterans Day (Friday).


The primary and elementary classes came together this morning to clean up the playground after Hurricane Matthew left quite the mess. Many hands make light work.


Montessori Fountainhead will be closed Wednesday to Friday in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. We are planning to reopen Monday morning.

Stay safe!


My favorite campaign poster so far for our class president elections:


Favorite character projects for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Amazing work from some hardworking students. Also, highly recommended by everyone in the book group.


Our Stuart Little group finished the book with making Stuart Little sized books. Great ideas for what type of books Stuart Little would like to read. Now on to Bunnicula!


MFS Graduation - May 26, 2016

Another wonderful year, culminating in an amazing graduation.


Favorite character of the Wizard of Oz projects. Amazing creativity!


Just a typical Tuesday morning!


Everyday it's something new! Love his individuality!


Heads up and smiles ready! Picture day is Thursday, March 10, in the morning, both classes.


Please remember: Tomorrow 2/26 is a Teacher Work day. School will dismiss at 12.


Overheard today:

Cursive is like meditation for your hand.
- Sydney






Valentines Party 2016#Fooddddd


Mrs. Fox stepped out of the primary classroom today to teach the elementary students how to make Ikebana arrangements for their Valentine's Day tea party tomorrow.






278 Meeting Street # A
Charleston, SC

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8am - 5:30pm
Friday 8am - 5:30pm

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