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  • "Wonderful, safe, and loving environment for children"

    May River Montessori provides a wonderful, safe, and loving environment for children. It has been amazing to watch our daughter thrive and grow. We are so proud to be a part of this school!

    Jessica Sirak-Smith
  • "Absolutely the best Montessori learning environment"

    Absolutely the best Montessori learning environment in Bluffton. 5 star rating.

    David Abney
  • "Love the teachers, staff, students and families!"

    Best school ever! Love the teachers, staff, students and families!

    Katie Aita Houpt

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May River Montessori

School Address:
60 Calhoun Street, Bluffton SC, 29910

Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 2557, Bluffton SC, 29910



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  • "My daughter loves it!"

    A wonderful, loving environment for children to learn and grow! My daughter loves it!

    Kristy Wilkinson Abney

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About May River Montessori

Our Mission

To inspire a lifelong passion for learning, to nurture creativity and independence, and to foster compassion and acceptance of others within an authentic Montessori environment enriched by the cultures and ecology of our Lowcountry home.

May River Montessori
May River Montessori

Our Vision

May River Montessori was established in 1987 to help meet the needs of Bluffton families. We are a safe, loving, Montessori environment in which the periods of development are touched in such a sensitive, nurturing way that great leaps of confidence are promoted and children grow physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.

Our Heritage

May River Montessori opened its doors in August of 1987 to 17 young children who became the school’s first students. In four short years, the school’s growth exceeded the capacity of the original site. Over the last three decades, the school has continued to grow through three relocations and over seven major additions and renovations to its current home. May River Montessori has played a significant role in the social and educational environment of the growing Bluffton community.

The brainchild of two mothers, May River Montessori, has grown and flourished throughout the years, touching the lives and hearts of hundreds of families. In turn, each of these families has become a beautiful part of May River Montessori’s heritage and has helped to make the school what it is today.

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May River Montessori

Our Organization

May River Montessori Is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501 C-3 corporation. Voluntary contributions to MRM, where no goods or services are received in turn, are tax deductible as defined in the IRS guidelines. May River Montessori will look beyond tuition income to voluntary contributions from families and friends of the school who want to invest in the school’s development.

The school is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) and operates under the guidelines of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

What is the Montessori Method?

The basic idea in the Montessori philosophy of education is that every child carries unseen within, the adult he/she will become. In order to develop their physical, intellectual and spiritual powers to the fullest, children must have freedom – freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The world of the child is full of sights and sounds, which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, the child must gradually create order, and learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail his/her senses, slowly but surely gaining mastery of self and the environment.

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Policy of Non-Discrimination

May River Montessori admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and other school administered programs.

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May River Montessori

Policy of Tolerance

May River Montessori chooses to be embracive and tolerant of the religious backgrounds of its students and welcomes the sharing of the cultural aspects of those religions in a spirit of respect. The children often offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God before snacks and meals. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Easter are celebrated as holidays. American patriotic holidays are also observed in accordance with the national calendar.

ClassDojo App

May River Montessori uses ClassDojo to deliver updates and highlight activities in the classroom.  You can learn more about this app by going to

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May River Montessori uses SchoolCues to help with administration, admissions, and serves as the payment gateway for tuition.  You can learn more about this app by going to

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Our FIRST EVER ONLINE AUCTION was a success! Thank you to all who participated and spread the word! Item/Gift Certificate is available to pick up at May River Montessori during the following days and times: Monday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 29 9:00am-1:00pm.
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⏰TICK TOCK!⏰ Only 5 hours left! Please help support our precious school. #mrmproud
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May River Montessori1 year ago
We are so 😁excited for our FIRST EVER 💻ONLINE AUCTION📱! Be sure to REGISTER HERE so that you are all set to bid. We have some amazing items... feel free to check them out before the auction opens THIS FRIDAY at ⏰5:00pm and ends this Sunday at midnight. All of the items, starting bids and pictures are up on the Handbid site and are ready to roll. Another huge thank you to all of our generous sponsors - especially our presenting sponsor, Charlie's L'Etoile Verte Restaurant in Hilton Head. This will surely be a GREAT time - social distancing-style. Bid high and often - there has never been a better time to support our precious school. Please remember that this link can be shared with all of your family and friends through email, text and social media (easiest way is to simply SHARE THIS POST!) – the more bidders the better! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. #iheartltc

Reviews and Testimonials

“May River Montessori is simply the best!”

We are very pleased with the school and staff.  Our son enjoys going to school each day and comes home to tell us about all the work he is doing!  May River Montessori is simply the best!

Jeremy Hodge

  • "Both of my children attend and I couldn't be happier..."

    Both my children attend and I could not be happier with our decision. Best teachers ever! Amazing curriculum and very mirrored to how we are raising them at home. My sons teachers have their hearts, and mine. Sharon does everything she can to protect those kids and make fussy parents happy. I appreciate everyone there. The after school program is awesome. This year we don’t need it, but my kids ask to stay after to be a part of it!

    You know it’s a great school when they don’t want to leave.

    My only complaint is that it doesn’t go up through high school. Hoping it continues to grow and by the time my children reach that grade, they would have built one.

    Beckie Bursey
  • "Caring compassionate teachers are really the heart and soul of the school..."

    May River Montessori is an exceptional school in so many ways. The caring compassionate teachers are really the heart and soul of the school – from the 18 month+ “Cottage” all the way through the 6th grade. We have been at the school for 6 years and become more and more impressed each year.

    Jessi Lee Dolnik
  • "Incredible job each and every day!"

    My daughter excels in the learning environment that MRM has created. Thank you to all the teachers and staff, who do an incredible job each and every day!

    Kimberly Cavanagh

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