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Entrusted with Bluffton’s Children Since 1987

May River Montessori offers inspiring learning environments for ages 2-16

We inspire a love of learning, compassion, and acceptance through an authentic Montessori community.”

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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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About May River Montessori

Our Mission

We inspire a love of learning, compassion, and acceptance through an authentic Montessori community.

May River Montessori
May River Montessori

Our Vision

Shaping future generations of world-changers and peacemakers. 

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.

May River Montessori
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.

May River Montessori
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

SchoolCues App

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Montessori Highlights

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May River Montessori1 day ago
Did you know free play is crucial to children’s development? It contributes to cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Self-directed play also increases creativity. A study of 5-6 year olds showed that preschoolers who participated in a simple 75-minute play session per week had higher verbal and creativity scores at the end of the school year, as well as better-developed creative traits and behaviors. Remember creative capacity grows through intentional nurturing!

Not only is play related to greater creativity and imagination, but also to higher reading levels and IQ scores. Based on research, we know that play = learning.

Since free play is the natural way that children explore the world, the time children devote to daily creativity through their play needs to be high, which can difficult when children are continually over-scheduled. If every moment is spent in a directed activity, there’s less time to simply free play, less time to try things out on their own terms, and therefore less time to make their own new neural connections.

Try trading a (well-intended) adult-directed activity for time to engage in creative, free play and watch the benefits blossom!
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May River Montessori4 days ago
The competition is heating up! Our CHILI COOK-OFF & FALL FESTIVAL is just around the corner on October 14th from 1-4pm. 🌶️ 🏆 🌶️

We’ll have music, face painting, games, trick or treating, chili tasting, a panel of local celebrity judges and trophies for the People’s Choice Winner and Judge’s Choice Winner! You won’t want to miss this fun school event! Appropriate school Halloween costumes are encouraged.

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May River Montessori
May River Montessori6 days ago
Peace education is an essential component of a Montessori classroom and, since the classroom is a microcosm of the larger world, the lessons children learn at school will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives. Our hope is that our students will continue to draw upon what they learned during their days in our Montessori environment and meet others with compassion, kindness and understanding, creating a more peaceful world along the way.

Check out this glimpse into last week’s school-wide celebration of International Peace Day. We danced, we sang, we planted pinwheels for peace and enjoyed delicious pinwheel treats donated to the school by the Davis family!

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

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