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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
    Parent
  • "Absolutely the best Montessori learning environment"

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

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

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

    Katie Aita Houpt
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Location and Contact Info

May River Montessori

School Address:
60 Calhoun Street, Bluffton SC, 29910

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

843-757-2312
843-757-4374
Office@MayRiverMontessori.com

Admissions:
Admissions@MayRiverMontessori.com

Tuition and Payments:
Books@MayRiverMontessori.com

  • "My daughter loves it!"

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

    Kristy Wilkinson Abney
    Parent

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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.

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May River Montessori

Our Vision

To provide an educational experience and community that fosters within the next generation 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.

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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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Staff

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.

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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 classdojo.com.


SchoolCues App

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.


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May River Montessori14 hours ago
Today is 20th Annual International Peace Day! To honor the occasion our May River Montessori students have been preparing to construct a Pinwheels for Peace display. #InternationalPeaceDay #PinwheelsforPeace #PeaceOneDay

Ms. Sari, our art program teacher, has been working with our students to produce these beautiful expressions of peace. Each pinwheel started with a blank sheet of paper, a pencil, and some imagination.

While the weather was not cooperating today for our outdoor display, we are happy to share our pinwheels with you!

Try to find time today to make some peace in your life and to reflect on what Peace means to you!

#pinwheels #peace

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"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

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May River Montessori1 week ago
What better way to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month than to introduce our new Spanish teacher, Ms. Destinee!

Here is a special message from her!

Hispanic Heritage Month starts Sept 15th and runs through Oct 15th.
https://nationaltoday.com/hispanic-heritage-month/

#HispanicHeritageMonth

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May River Montessori1 week ago
"...my kids are happy and thriving. [They're] learning and growing as people. It's not just learning basic reading, writing, and arithmetic--it's more than that. That's really why we chose this school. And we're really happy it."

Thank you to Catherine Runyan for sharing her kind words! #parentperspectives

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May River Montessori2 weeks ago
We're excited for tonight's event and our delicious food!

Farmer B has a special message regarding tonight's meals.

Our Students have prepared these lovely meals for this wonderful event!

Meal pick-up is 4:30pm - 5:30pm.

Remember our Zoom Presentation with Jana Morgan Herman starts at 6pm!

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May River Montessori2 weeks ago
RSVP Reminder:
Last day to sign up for Friday's MRM Family Dinner pickup and (Zoom) Parent Education Night!

Did you know that the produce and herbs for Friday's dinners are sourced from the May River Montessori gardens? Farmer B and our students have been working to prepare these great meals for this event!

Family Dinner Menu:
~Eggplant Parmesan~
~Garden Salad~
~Summer Veggie Pasta Salad~

The Garden Salad and Summer Veggie Pasta Salad are both gluten-free and vegan. Each meal pick up will include a serving of each of the above items. Packages will be available in two sizes (2 servings or 4 servings).

There will be no charge for this event.

Donations to the MRM Garden Program will be graciously accepted.

For more information about the event and our online RSVP form, please navigate to: https://mayrivermontessori.com/jana-morgan-herman-presentation-and-spaghetti-dinner/

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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
Parent

  • "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
    Parent
  • "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
    Parent
  • "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
    Parent

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