September 2016  
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Welcome to James Simons Elementary
~ A Montessori Focus School ~
Member of the American Montessori Society

~Address Verification, Vaccination Records and Birth Certificatesfor next school year are due August, 31.

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

What's Happening

Funky kids
Fall 2016 After School Enrichment Programs
Fall 2016 After School Enrichment Programs will be offered October 3 through November 18.   READ MORE...
James Simons Annual Family BBQ - Saturday, October 1, 1:00 - 3:00
Please join us for our 2nd annual James Simons Family BBQ at McMahon Park Playground from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.  READ MORE...
Make & Take
Make & Take Literacy Activity- Thursday, October 6
Parents and students in primary grades are invited to join us for a read aloud and literacy activity.  READ MORE...
Chas Marathon 2017
2017 Charleston Youth Marathon - James Simons Runners
Calling all James Simons Runners! If your child enjoys running, here is a great opportunity! We will have a James Simons group running in the Charleston Youth Marathon on January 13, 2017.   READ MORE...
October News from the Cafeteria
OCTOBER is going to be busy! Here are just a sampling of our month:  READ MORE...
Dress Down Day ~ Friday, September 2, 16, and 30
Students may pay $1 to the PTA for a no uniform day!  READ MORE...
Angie TOY
Congratulations Angie Greene-Finalist for CCSD Teacher of the Year 2016
JSE Guidance Counselor Angie Greene has been chosen as one of Charleston County School District's top five finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year.   READ MORE...
Vic Card
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...
Dart Library
Dart Library Events
Check out the events at your local Dart Branch Library.  READ MORE...


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