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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!
"Absolutely the best Montessori learning environment"
Absolutely the best Montessori learning environment in Bluffton. 5 star rating.
"Love the teachers, staff, students and families!"
Best school ever! Love the teachers, staff, students and families!
Location and Contact Info
May River Montessori
60 Calhoun Street, Bluffton SC, 29910
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!
May River Montessori News
We love to hear joyful sounds and pictured here are some of our toddlers singing in their music class!Our nurturing Toddler Program starts at 24 months old. We are excited to guide the blossoming independence and practical life skills during this wonderful time in the child’s life. Our Cottage Room group is a half-day program. […]
Special Highlight: This month our middle school students will also be learning about web development. Each student will publish a blog article about a topic they find interesting. The students will be responsible for researching the topic, discovering their target audience, developing the content, incorporating a supporting online product to sell, and publishing their blog […]
It’s hard to believe it’s already October! Here is a look back over some of our fun from September!Jana Morgan Herman’s Parent Education presentation and dinner from our Gardening Program was a great success! Thank you to everyone who made this such a great event!Sip For Zip – The Middle Schoolers were at the Bluffton […]
About May River Montessori
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.
To provide an educational experience and community that fosters within the next generation world-changers and peacemakers.
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.
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.
Why it is believed be the best
Our caring team of teachers and guides is dedicated to helping your child grow through the proven Montessori Method. If you are interested in joining our team please contact us at Office@MayRiverMontessori.com.
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.
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.
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 schoolcues.com.
“At some given moment it happens that the child becomes deeply interested in a piece of work; we see it in the expression on his face, his intense concentration, the devotion to the exercise.”—Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child — Do you have questions or are you interested in learning more about our […]
[Video of Michele Quigley expounding upon Maria Montessori’s education wisdom.] “Never help a child… …with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” -Maria Montessori Michele Quigley, Director of May River Montessori, expounds upon Maria’s education wisdom–reminding us to “let our children spread their wings”. #resilience —Do you have questions or are you interested […]
Today we celebrate the birthday of Maria Montessori, a woman whose revolutionary approach to education continues to shape countless lives including those right here in the May River Montessori community. Pictured are some of our primary students enjoying their popsicle party! — Do you have questions or are you interested in learning more about our school […]
Reviews and Testimonials
“…it’s such a wonderful place.”
“We have 4 students here…our kids are all so different…this school is doing a really good job of meeting them where they’re at…helping them be the best version of themselves…”
Dr. Carey Christiansen Ford
"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.
"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.
"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!
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