Our Application Process
In accordance with our charter, all applications received during the Open Enrollment period from October 1 through January 31 are included in the lottery held in February each year.
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We offer school tours Wednesdays at 9:30 am. We look forward to meeting you and your child.
Pre-K Program Information/Pricing
Lowcountry Montessori School is thrilled to announce that our Board of Directors has approved our initiative to offer a free Pre-K program for the 22-23, 23-24, and 24-25 school years. Our hope is that we will be able to continue this program indefinitely.
Monday through Friday, 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If less than one hour, the hourly rate of $8.50 per child will apply. Early Dismissal days will be $10.00 per child from 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. They must bring their lunch. There are also after school clubs. The list of these is available in the Front Office.
The structure of the preschool program is as follows:
8:00am - 12:00pm - Free Preschool Program
12pm - 3:15pm - Preschool After School Program
$200/month for Free/Reduced Families
$300/month for non-Free/Reduced Families (Parent must supply tax returns for both parents or other supporting documentation to qualify for the discount.)
Early Care and After Care will be available at their regular prices
Early Care is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at a rate of $4.00 per child, or 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at a rate of $2.00 per child.
After Care is from 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. It will also provide a program for the Early Release days, ½ day early dismissal from 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. There is no After Care on the days before long breaks, such as Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break.
Middle-High School Program
The Lowcountry Montessori School Secondary Program (middle and high school) represents and integration of South Carolina core standards and educational requirements, the most current research on the developmental needs of adolescents, the Montessori approach to education, research-based learning theory and teaching methods, and the predictions of the skills needed to lead a productive life of continuous learning and cooperation.
Consistent with all Beaufort County schools, Lowcountry Montessori seeks to provide the environment and experience that will allow students to flourish academically to the point of exceeding state standards of academic achievement; however, our overarching goal as educators is to help our students develop into independent, responsible, critical thinkers, and compassionate individuals. This coincides with Maria Montessori’s vision for education as a system that allows students to physically access the world, and in turn, to develop into charitable stewards of their environment and community.
Adolescents operate at a crucial stage in developing the social skills necessary to acquire a true capacity for compassion, empathy and understanding – the foundation for peaceful dialogue and cooperation that is the vision of Montessori. Nonetheless, very few Montessori Secondary programs exist - let alone public programs. This is why Lowcountry Montessori School acknowledges its secondary program as the cornerstone for its success within the Beaufort County community. Only one secondary Montessori program exists within Beaufort County (Sea Pines Montessori of Hilton Head), which only includes Middle School and is private. Lowcountry Montessori School’s program is not only the pioneer for Montessori High School in Beaufort County, but it would also extended Montessori Secondary Education to the public sector.
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Notice of Child Find
Upon request, Lowcountry Montessori School is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the school receives a referral, the school will appoint an Evaluation Planning team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The school locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in Lowcountry Montessori School. This Child Find obligation is also fulfilled by the school’s posting of this information in a public location (website, school newsletter, school email letter) at least annually.
A school or district staff member who reasonably believes a child may be a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child or a child advancing from grade to grade, to the school district in which the child is enrolled. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.
Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child or a child advancing from grade to grade, to the school or district in which the child is enrolled. Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Becky Shaffer, Special Education Coordinator, at 843-322-0577.
For parents with children who are not currently enrolled in a school within the South Carolina Public Charter School District who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child or a child advancing from grade to grade, to the child’s district of residence. The contact information for the districts may be found at: http://ed.sc.gov/schools/.
School’s Website: www.lowcountrymontessori.com
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