July 2015  
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Welcome to James Simons Elementary
~ A Montessori Focus School ~
Member of the American Montessori Society

James Simons Elementary School is a safe, inclusive and supportive public Montessori community.  We inspire students to become confident, motivated and successful life-long learners.

James Simons Elementary Garden Club

Garden Club
Thank you to our Sponsors!

Lowe's, Mrs. Gable, The Zimmerman Family, Ms. Gadsen, Bosch, Clemson Extension and James Simons Elementary PTA.  

Montessori Moments: A CCSD Newsletter for staff and families of Montessori students. Click on the link below to read the latest edition from LaDene Conroy- Montessori Specialist for Development, Support and Expansion.

About Montessori Education at James Simons Elementary

James Simons Elementary has re-opened in historic downtown Charleston with a state of the art, beautifully designed Montessori school facility. This authentic Montessori environment was created after the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator who developed an educational approach over 100 years ago.

The classrooms are set up in an open style, with work areas throughout the room and materials available on accessible shelving. Lessons are given to small groups or individual children while other children are working independently. Mixed age classrooms allow younger children to learn from older children, while older children reinforce their learning by assisting with concepts they have already mastered. In addition to peer learning, there are uninterrupted blocks of work time which allow students to choose their own prescribed activities. This constructivist, or discovery model, enables students to learn concepts from working with specialized materials, rather than by direct instruction.

In early childhood, students work with materials which develop their cognitive powers through direct experience using their five senses and movement. In the elementary years, children continue to organize their thinking through an interdisciplinary curriculum progressing from concrete to abstract. This specific organization of information prepares students for adolescence, when they evolve into thinking about universal concepts such as equity, freedom, and justice.

Montessori is more than an approach to education, it is an approach to life. The end result is to encourage life long learning, the joy of learning, and happiness about ones path and purpose in life. 


Tenets of Montessori:

  • Individualized Instruction
  • Integrated Disciplines
  • Hands-on Learning
  • Accelerated Learning
  • Multi-Age Classrooms
  • Self-Discipline
  • Focused Concentration
  • Care of the Environment
  • Service Learning 
Summer Learning Opportunities

Young Writers Camp at the Citadel
June 15-25, 2015 
Students who have just completed 3rd through 8th grade can improve their writing skills and become inspired through the writing process.  Click on the link below for more information:
Young Writers Camp

Kid's College (ages 7-12) and Teen "U" (ages 12-16) at Trident Technical College
Dates and times vary.  Click on the link below for more information:
Trident Technical College Summer Programs

What's Happening

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CPN Community Olympics - Thank You!
The first Charleston Promise Neighborhood Olympics was a huge success.  READ MORE...
College & Career Day
College & Career Day - A Huge Success!
James Simons Elementary held their first College and Career Day on Friday, April 24.   READ MORE...
Dart Library
Dart Library Events
Check out the events at your local Dart Branch Library.  READ MORE...
Volunteer Application
In order to make our school as safe as possible, Charleston County School District is requiring all volunteers to fill out a Volunteer Application.  READ MORE...
James Simons Elementary PTA & Harris Teeter Announce Together in Education
Help our school raise funds by linking your VIC card to to James Simons Elementary.  READ MORE...