School Profile

IN BRIEF

  • Established: 1974 (Middle School, 1999; Upper School, 2016)
  • Enrollment: 400
  • Grades: Toddlers (from 18 months) – Grade 12
  • Lead Mine Campus: Toddlers through Grade 6 on our welcoming Lead Mine Campus in Raleigh
  • Brier Creek Campus: Grades 7-12 on our 40-acre Brier Creek Campus in Durham
  • Diversity: 27% students of color; 9% staff of color
  • Financial Aid: 21% of students receive Financial Aid
  • Hours:
    Early Care 7:30am
    Toddler 8:35am – 12:00pm
    Children’s House Morning Session 8:30am-12:00pm
    Children’s House Full Day 7:30am-6:00pm
    Elementary through Upper School: 8:15am-3:00pm
    After School 3:00-6:00 pm
  • Summer Camp: 18 months – 15 years
  • Faculty/Staff: 78
  • Trustees: 14
  • Students’ Native Languages: 17

CURRICULUM

The Montessori School of Raleigh delivers an exceptional academic curriculum that follows Montessori philosophy and pedagogy while preparing our students to be active, successful adults no matter where their academic journey takes them next. Our scope and sequence have been aligned to the most current Federal and North Carolina standards in all disciplines. Our curriculum exceeds those benchmarks at all levels, from our youngest Toddler students to our oldest Middle Schoolers.

MSR promotes leadership, project based learning and a strong sense of community through hands on learning, individualized, small and large group instruction and interest-based skills instruction. Long work cycles allow opportunities for students to explore their creativity, topics of interest and work independently at their own pace. Our Montessori teachers guide their students through the academic sequence, making sure they practice and apply the skills taught to ensure mastery of the necessary standards.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum has also been aligned to the most recent standards. Specifically trained in their content area, teachers provide grade level lessons in Spanish, Technology, Health and Wellness, Art, and Music. They follow Montessori philosophy by providing lessons that utilize hands-on materials and activities as well as integrate with other academic areas. Students have opportunities to follow particular areas of interest and also master the basic required skills.

TESTING

MSR assesses student growth constantly using a variety of tools such as portfolios, student records, observations, scope and sequence charts, as well as informal in-class assessments such as the I-Ready and DIBLES. These informal assessments are used by teachers to document student growth.

For required standardized testing, MSR administers the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP-4) to all students in grades 3 through 9 in the fall. Students are tested within their classrooms by their teachers on the content from the year before. The testing window lasts one week and the results are used as a data point for teachers to understand what student know and what they need to work on. Parents also receive copies of their child’s scores.

MEMBERSHIPS

American Montessori Society, National Association of Independent Schools, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools

ACCREDITATION

The Montessori School of Raleigh is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the American Montessori Society, and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation, and meets or exceeds North Carolina and national association standards in every core curricular area.

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