About MCS

Our campus is set on 13 acres of natural landscape that lends itself to a Montessori environment. We offer children  in toddler through adolescent wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces where they can work, play, discover, and learn.

MCS has a strong community of teachers, staff, students, and parents – all working in concert to the best outcome for our children.

We have a robust academic program that promotes independent learning with an emphasis on building concepts, problem-solving, and mastery of skills.

The Campus

Throughout our campus, there are outdoor gardens, shared natural learning areas, playgrounds, as well as an athletics track and field.

Our wetland habitats improve water quality using green principles and nurture biodiversity (introducing novel and sustainable flora and fauna). The wetland areas provide students with accessible living laboratories for the study of ecology, biology, chemistry, and other related sciences.

Our classrooms are bright, spacious, and open.

At the center of campus is the beautiful fine arts building, The Spark Center, for our music, art, and ceramics programs.


We are a vibrant Montessori community where together, through our dynamic and relevant curriculum, we guide students toward self-discovery and the realization of their unique contributions to the world.


MCS has emphasized a strong sense of community since our school was founded in 1980. At that time, a group of dedicated parents banded together to keep their children’s preschool (called the Chapel Hill Montessori School) in operation when the proprietors decided to close.

Over the years, we have continued to expand and add academic buildings to meet the needs of our growing student population. During the summer of 2009, we completed the construction of a fine arts center, the centerpiece of our $4 million Campaign to Complete the Community. The Spark Center contains dedicated space for art, ceramics, and music instruction. With our Capital Campaign assets, we also purchased an adjoining 4-acre property, paving the way for future expansion and implementation according to what we have outlined in our Campus Master Plan.

Even with our growth, we remain strongly connected to our past and continue to value the strength of the families who had the vision to create our community.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan ensures that MCS continues to be financially stable and forward-looking, with decisions about program enhancements made thoughtfully and in the best interests of children. In addition, the Strategic Plan provides the vision for a comprehensive Montessori education on an enhanced campus.

Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2022