Montessori Community School

Summary:

Montessori Community School is a public elementary school serving grades PK-8 in Charleston, South Carolina, with a student population of 273. The school is part of the Charleston 01 school district, which is ranked 26 out of 77 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger. Montessori Community School has consistently been ranked among the top elementary schools in South Carolina, with a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past several years.

Montessori Community School stands out for its exceptional academic performance, consistently outperforming the Charleston 01 district and the state of South Carolina in standardized test scores across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in 2022-2023, the school had 92.5% of 4th graders and 76.9% of 6th graders proficient or better in SCPASS/Science, compared to 51.1% and 52.9% for the district, respectively. However, the school's student population is predominantly white (82.42% in 2022-2023), in contrast to the more diverse nearby schools, such as Meeting Street Elementary and Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary.

Montessori Community School also stands out for its relatively low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (23.81% in 2022-2023), compared to the nearby schools, which have much higher rates (ranging from 33.5% to 100%). Additionally, the school has the highest spending per student ($18,839 in 2022-2023) among the schools analyzed, which may contribute to its strong academic performance. These factors suggest that Montessori Community School serves a more affluent population, raising questions about the school's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, and whether its admissions or enrollment practices may be contributing to the lack of racial diversity.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 2122 Wood Avenue
       Charleston, SC  29414


(843) 769-0346

District: Charleston 01

SchoolDigger Rank:
9th of 644 South Carolina Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,839 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  15.3 Help
Number of students:  273

Racial breakdown:

White:
82.4%
Two or more races:
8.4%
African American:
5.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  23.8% Help


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Compare Details Montessori Community School ranks better than 98.6% of elementary schools in South Carolina. It also ranks 4th among 46 ranked elementary schools in the Charleston 01 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 96.92. (See more...)
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Compare Details Montessori Community School ranks better than 97.5% of middle schools in South Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 98.19. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (82.4%), two or more races (8.4%), African American (5.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 23.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Montessori Community School is 15.3. 35 elementary schools in the Charleston 01 School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Montessori Community School is $18,839, which is the 21st highest among 46 elementary schools in the Charleston 01 School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Montessori Community School:

SchoolDigger ranks Montessori Community School 9th of 644 South Carolina public elementary schools. (See Montessori Community School in the ranking list.)

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White students:

SchoolDigger ranks Montessori Community School 8th of 325 South Carolina public middle schools. (See Montessori Community School in the ranking list.)

Charleston 01:

SchoolDigger ranks Charleston 01 26th of 77 South Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Montessori Community School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Montessori Community School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2015 93.18 21st 638 96.7%
2016 95.58 6th 619 99.0%
2017 96.46 8th 639 98.7%
2018 97.78 3rd 624 99.5%
2019 95.71 11th 643 98.3%
2021 92.52 40th 622 93.6%
2022 94.03 34th 625 94.6%
2023 96.92 9th 644 98.6%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Montessori Community School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.27 13th 457 97.2%
2019 85.14 49th 472 89.6%
2021 84.19 54th 439 87.7%
2022 79.28 82nd 455 82.0%
2023 89.38 24th 463 94.8%
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Data source: test scores: South Carolina Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Montessori Community School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Montessori Community School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2015 98.37 4th 301 98.7%
2016 98.47 3rd 303 99.0%
2017 98.19 6th 317 98.1%
2018 99.45 3rd 303 99.0%
2019 98.30 9th 315 97.1%
2021 98.65 7th 311 97.7%
2022 99.10 3rd 310 99.0%
2023 98.19 8th 325 97.5%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Montessori Community School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.63 3rd 250 98.8%
2019 94.47 10th 258 96.1%
2021 97.05 4th 244 98.4%
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Data source: test scores: South Carolina Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Montessori Community School Test Scores
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Data source: South Carolina State Department of Education

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Reviews:
by a student
Monday, May 15, 2017

Open Quote Very good School Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Open Quote Our son is in the 3 year old program, and we absolutely love this school. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, October 21, 2016

Open Quote We love our little school! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Montessori Community School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2014 177 14 6 7 0 0 12 0 216
2015 189 14 3 10 0 1 15 0 232
2016 190 12 5 9 0 1 17 0 234
2017 209 15 8 6 0 1 16 0 255
2018 232 15 4 5 0 1 16 0 273
2019 243 17 3 3 0 1 12 0 279
2020 251 13 4 3 0 1 11 0 283
2021 239 13 4 3 0 1 10 0 270
2022 228 14 2 2 0 3 15 0 264
2023 225 14 4 3 0 4 23 0 273

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Montessori Community School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2014 216 13.0 16.6 10.6
2015 232 17.0 13.6 10.3
2016 234 16.0 14.6 10.3
2017 255 13.9 18.3 8.6
2018 273 12.5 21.8 11.7
2019 279 13.5 20.6 7.2
2020 283 13.7 20.6 7.4
2021 270 14.7 18.3 5.9
2022 264 18.0 14.6 11.4
2023 273 17.8 15.3 23.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Montessori Community School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2014 216 13.0 16.6 10.6
2015 232 17.0 13.6 10.3
2016 234 16.0 14.6 10.3
2017 255 13.9 18.3 8.6
2018 273 12.5 21.8 11.7
2019 279 13.5 20.6 7.2
2020 283 13.7 20.6 7.4
2021 270 14.7 18.3 5.9
2022 264 18.0 14.6 11.4
2023 273 17.8 15.3 23.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Montessori Community School

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YearPersonnel Expenditures from Federal FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from Federal FundsTotal Expenditures from Federal FundsPersonnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $207 (1.9%) $198 (1.8%) $405 (3.6%) $8,184 (73.3%) $2,569 (23.0%) $10,754 (96.4%) $11,159
2020 $200 (1.7%) $187 (1.6%) $388 (3.4%) $8,818 (76.2%) $2,364 (20.4%) $11,182 (96.6%) $11,570
2021 $416 (3.4%) $411 (3.3%) $827 (6.7%) $9,386 (75.7%) $2,194 (17.7%) $11,580 (93.3%) $12,407
2022 $628 (3.7%) $570 (3.4%) $1,198 (7.1%) $12,861 (76.2%) $2,825 (16.7%) $15,687 (92.9%) $16,885
2023 $1,328 (7.0%) $1,297 (6.9%) $2,626 (13.9%) $13,542 (71.9%) $2,671 (14.2%) $16,213 (86.1%) $18,839

Data source: South Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Montessori Community School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 11th of 643 Elementary schoolsRanks 9th of 644 Elementary schools
 0.3%
Ranks 9th of 315 Middle schoolsRanks 8th of 325 Middle schools
 0.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Community School)88.591.3
 2.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Charleston 01)51.859.2
 7.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)49.753.5
 3.8%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Montessori Community School)96.278.2
 18%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Charleston 01)58.261.3
 3.1%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)57.753.6
 4.1%
4th Grade Science (Montessori Community School)82.792.5
 9.8%
   4th Grade Science (Charleston 01)50.451.1
 0.7%
   4th Grade Science (South Carolina)5246.6
 5.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Community School)82.796.3
 13.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Charleston 01)52.463.1
 10.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)51.357.2
 5.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Montessori Community School)72.488.9
 16.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Charleston 01)52.954.2
 1.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)50.547
 3.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Community School)62.984.6
 21.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Charleston 01)43.561.5
 18%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)4155.2
 14.2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Montessori Community School)77.769.2
 8.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Charleston 01)45.454.9
 9.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)45.444.6
 0.8%
6th Grade Science (Montessori Community School)8476.9
 7.1%
   6th Grade Science (Charleston 01)49.452.9
 3.5%
   6th Grade Science (South Carolina)47.143
 4.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Community School)8080.7
 0.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Charleston 01)47.662.6
 15%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)41.153.4
 12.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Montessori Community School)6873.1
 5.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Charleston 01)4848.4
 0.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)43.936.7
 7.2%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Community School)8886.9
 1.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Charleston 01)51.258.3
 7.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)4450.1
 6.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Montessori Community School)8073.9
 6.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Charleston 01)43.443.6
 0.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)35.331
 4.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Montessori Community School)80.986.4
 5.5%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Charleston 01)5058.6
 8.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (South Carolina)44.553.1
 8.6%
8th Grade Mathematics (Montessori Community School)8172.7
 8.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Charleston 01)4240.2
 1.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (South Carolina)36.631.6
 5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students279273
 2.2%
African American1714
 17.6%
American Indian00
Asian34
 33.3%
Hispanic33
Pacific Islander14
 300%
White243225
 7.4%
Two or More Races1223
 91.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients7.2%23.8%
 16.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Montessori Community School

Yes! Montessori Community School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 9th of 644 South Carolina elementary schools.

Students at Montessori Community School are 82% White, 8% Two or more races, 5% African American, 1% Asian, 1% Pacific Islander, 1% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 273 students attended Montessori Community School.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the South Carolina Department of Education.

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