Montessori Community School

Montessori Community School

Founded in 1980 and accredited by the American Montessori Society, MCS serves students, toddler thro

Montessori Community School is home to students, ages 18 months to 14 years. Our campus is set on 14 acres of natural landscape that lends itself to a Montessori environment. Located on the border between Durham and Chapel Hill, we offer children in toddler to middle school wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces where they can work, play, discover, and learn. We have a highly dedicated and trained fa

Operating as usual

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 01/09/2024

๐Ÿ™Œ Reflecting on a powerful MLK, Jr. Day of Service! Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D., MCS parent and Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition, shared profound insights on justice, peace, and Montessori education. The teacher panel delved into how these values weave through each level at MCS. Special moments included Dr. Iruka signing copies of her new book, โ€œWe Are the Change We Seekโ€ and our community assembling soup kits for . Grateful to our speakers and everyone who joined us on this meaningful day!


Wishing our MCS community a Winter Break filled with joy, loved ones, and moments of wonder. May your days be bright, your nights cozy, and your hearts warmed by the love around you. Looking forward to reuniting in 2024! ๐ŸŽ‰

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 12/12/2023

Our littlest ones are constantly cultivating practical life skills. From putting on their shoes to caring for their shared space, these students are building gross motor skills while nurturing a sense of responsibility and community.


Are those streaks of spell casting we see on the Lower Elementary Quidditch field?๐Ÿช„

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 12/06/2023

The magic of books comes alive as our elders (kindergarten-aged students) connect with their Lower Elementary reading buddies!๐Ÿ“š Once a week, our elders will make a special trip to a Lower Elementary classroom to share in the joys of reading.

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 12/05/2023

Last Friday night's was out of this world! ๐Ÿš€ Huge shoutout to the MCS FSO, the Adolescent studentsโ€™ business Cool Beans, and
for making it a stellar event. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŽจ From cozy fire pits and gooey sโ€™mores to galactical face painting and stellar space activities, we had it all. ๐ŸŽถ Grateful for the wonderful community that came together for an unforgettable night under the stars! ๐ŸŒ 


Letโ€™s add some kindness to this gray day with one of our shares.

โ€œI like to give my mom a hug.โ€

Kindness is woven into every stage of the MCS journey. Support the by visiting our website at and clicking Donate Now!


Itโ€™s Friday! That means another student share in our

โ€œI like to compliment people because it boosts their self confidence.โ€

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We are keeping the kindness flowing with our this week. What does our next student have to share?

โ€œI like to help my friends with Math.โ€

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Time for our next share by an MCS Student in our week of

โ€œI just like helping in general. I especially enjoy listening.โ€œ

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Itโ€™s day 2 of sharing as told by MCS students.

โ€œI like to get my mom a card.โ€œ

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MCS students share each day this week.

โ€œI like helping and working with people. I love talking with people about whatโ€™s going on with them and making them laugh.โ€œ

Kindness is woven into every stage of the MCS journey. Support the by visiting our website at and clicking Donate Now!


We hope you were able to stay bundled up today!

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 08/23/2023

We had a great first day of school! Weโ€™re excited for a fantastic year.

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 06/30/2023

Peekaboo - itโ€™s Fri-yay! โ˜€๏ธ Week 2 of our summer camp has come to a very sunny end. We hope everyone has a great weekend, and look forward to seeing more smiling faces this Monday ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ˜Ž

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 06/23/2023

๐ŸŒž First Week of Summer Camp Done! ๐ŸŽ‰

A big shoutout to our incredible staff for making the week absolutely fantastic for our little campers! ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 05/19/2023

๐Ÿ“ธ Celebrating the week in style with our ! ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 05/12/2023

Happy Friday everyone! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“ธ It's time for our and we're excited to share some of the highlights from this week at school. From nature exploration to art projects, we've had a lot of fun learning and creating together. Swipe to see some of our favorite moments captured in pictures!


Thank you to everyone who came out to support the MCS Spring Fundraising Gala, Montessori Through the Decades! Your generosity and support helped us raise over $65K for our school. We couldn't have done it without you.

We hope you all had a great time at the event and we look forward to seeing you at our future events. Thank you again for your support!

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 05/10/2023

Happy to the one and only Nurse Megan! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธYour kindness, compassion, and expertise have made a real difference in the lives of our students and staff. We are grateful for all the ways you make our school a happier, healthier, and safer place. Thank you for being an amazing nurse and a wonderful human being! ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 05/05/2023

Happy everyone! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“ธ Can't wait to see what next week brings!

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 05/01/2023

Our AC students covered a lot of ground over the weekend on their Peace Study Trip. Friday was spent exploring the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park in Atlanta, touring a firehouse where MLK played as a child and participating in a simulated lunch counter sit-in experience at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Saturday's visit to Birmingham, Alabama was a moving experience. The students visited the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was the site of a tragic bombing in 1963 that killed four young girls, and learned about the Children's March of Birmingham and the dedicated volunteers who keep the story alive. The group also explored the exhibits at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The day ended with a warm welcome from former MCS Head of Facilities and Operations, Dave DeHarde, at the Creative Montessori School in Homewood.

Sunday started with a visit to the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, MS, where the group saw the restored courthouse where the Emmett Till trial was held. Brandon, their host for the day, spoke about peace and reconciliation and the importance of confronting the past to create a better future. They then stopped in Jackson, MS for a taste of the local favorite, Whataburger, and enjoyed a relaxing evening together reflecting on the day's events.

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 04/27/2023

๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง The 2023 Peace Study Tripโ€”Music, Culture, and the Civil Rights Movement is officially underway! Despite the rain this morning, our Adolescent students left with smiles on their faces, and even the Toddler students came out to wave goodbye.๐ŸšŒ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

Their first stop is Stone Mountain Park in Georgia where they will camp in yurts ๐Ÿ›– before heading to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Park in Atlanta tomorrow.

There are two questions the AC students will be reflecting on for the duration of the trip: How does diversity benefit the biological and cultural development of humanity? and How can young people make a difference in addressing the problems our society faces? ๐Ÿค”

Safe travels to our AC students as they journey on! Stay tuned for updates from the road. We're eager to share their next adventure! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 04/24/2023

Our 6th years just wrapped up an amazing 3-day trip to DC last week! During their trip, each student had the chance to present their year-long research project at a location connected to their topic. From the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum ๐Ÿš€ to the National Zoo ๐Ÿผ, our students had the chance to share their findings in some of the most renowned venues in the city.

๐Ÿ” It was evident that our students put in a great deal of effort and dedication into their research projects, and we're honored to have witnessed their progress. It was an incredible opportunity to showcase their work and see how their research could impact the world around them.

During their visit, our students also had the chance to explore the city and visit iconic landmarks in the nation's capital, including the White House and the Library of Congress ๐Ÿ“š.

๐Ÿ‘ We're proud of our students for their dedication and hard work, and we're excited to see what they will achieve in the future.

๐Ÿ™ŒThank you to all the teachers and staff who made this trip possible, and to our parents and guardians for your continued support.

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 04/21/2023

Happy Friday! ๐ŸŽ‰ We're excited to share some of the fun moments from our week here at Montessori Community School with our . ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 04/19/2023

๐Ÿ”ฅMCS teacher, Molly, and her husband, Dylan, recently taught our Adolescent Community how to BBQ!๐Ÿ”ฅ

Starting with whole chickens, our students learned how to prep and cut before grilling. Molly and Dylan then taught them how to prepare and maintain the grill for the best cooking results. It was an incredible hands-on learning experience, and our students had a great time.

We are so fortunate to have talented and passionate individuals like Molly and Dylan in our Montessori community, who are always willing to share their knowledge and skills with others. Thank you, Molly and Dylan!

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 04/13/2023

๐Ÿ…๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽ‰ We are thrilled to announce the success of our Upper Elementary Mini-Olympics! Our students picked countries to research and represent, creating flags and dressing in the colors of their chosen nations. They competed in exciting events like the relay race, long jump, and monkey bar hang, all while proudly representing their countries.

To close out the event, Lower Elementary students had a chance to showcase their skills by racing around the track and adding their own special touch to the day. It was a joy to see all our students supporting each other and having a blast together.

We want to extend a big thank you to Cool Beans, our Adolescent micro-economy business, for keeping everyone fueled with their delicious coffee and baked goods throughout the event. And, of course, a special thank you to all the incredible MCS staff who made this day possible, and all the MCS families who came out to cheer on our students.

It was a wonderful celebration of teamwork, sportsmanship, and cultural diversity, and we couldn't be more proud of our students for their hard work and dedication. Go Mustangs! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ‰


๐ŸŽ‰Congratulations to our amazing 4th-year students on successfully presenting their North Carolina year-long projects! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Each student picked an NC-specific topic to research. We learned about a wide range of topics, from native birds to famous people from NC.๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽจ It's incredible to see our students use their knowledge and creativity to showcase the amazing diversity of our state. ๐ŸŒŽ

Photos from Montessori Community School's post 04/06/2023

๐Ÿ“ฃ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Tickets for Montessori Through the Decades, our spring fundraising gala, are now on sale! Join us Saturday, April 29th and help us put the โ€œfunโ€ in โ€œfundraising.โ€ Weโ€™ll have games, a tuition raffle, silent auction items, live auction items, and more! Visit or text โ€œMCSGALA23โ€ to 76278. If you canโ€™t attend, you can still participate in the silent auction at the website above.

๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿค˜Auction item alert! Our โ€œRock Outโ€ silent auction bundle includes a Squier Bullet Mustang HH Limited-Edition Electric Guitar in Surf Green. Suggested for ages 11+. Comes with a strap and picks. Also included is a $100 gift certificate to School of Rock Chapel Hill! Programs available for ages 6+.

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Student Donation
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Our Lower Elementary classes had Mystery History last week. The third-year students presented a historical candidate tha...
We appreciate everyone who participated in our spring fundraising gala! Thanks to your generosity and support, we raised...
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4512 Pope Road
Durham, NC

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Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
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