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"This is the hope we have—a hope in a new humanity that will come from this new education, an education that is collaboration of man and the universe…." - Maria Montessori

Island Montessori School - comprised of a private preschool and a public charter elementary (K-8) - is committed to providing a unique, child-centered environment using the internationally recognized curriculum of pioneering educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori philosophy believes that a thoughtfully prepared environment fosters independence, curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. 

Our private preschool opened in Carolina Beach in August 2012. The NC State Board of Education granted our charter the following June and we opened our K-5 public elementary at a 2nd location on Carolina Beach Rd. in August 2013. Since then we've added a grade each year (6th grade in 2014/15, 7th in 2015/16, and 8th in 2016/17).


Our Vision
Our vision at Island Montessori School is to create a Montessori community that respects each child as an individual and fosters in each student respect for self and others, joy in discovery, independence, communal responsibility, and a peaceful approach to problem solving. Island Montessori School guides the growth and development of the whole child in an environment that:

  • Fosters a love of learning

  • Maximizes individual potential

  • Promotes academic excellence

  • Inspires creativity

  • Celebrates diversity

  • Encourages mutual respect

  • Nurtures compassion and humanitarianism

  • Advocates stewardship of the environment

  • Graduates responsible, productive citizens of the world


Core Values
Recognizing Montessori’s investment in education as an agent of social change, the Island Montessori School’s core values are rooted in the founding principles of the school, apply to each member of the school’s community and are central to the school’s mission and purpose. These core values guide the progressive development of the school’s future in firmly establishing the school’s culture and climate. Island Montessori School is committed to the pursuit of excellence in a safe, nurturing environment that actively promotes:

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Individuality

  • Responsibility

  • Compassion

  • Optimism

  • Confidence

  • Courage

  • Service

  • Kindness

Island Montessori School is a nonprofit school that seeks diversity in its student/parent body, faculty, staff, administration, and board. IMS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any category protected by law, in its educational policies, employment practices and all other school administered procedures and programs.

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