Welcome to James Simons Elementary School

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.

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

Middle School @ Gaillard

Middle School students had the opportunity to visit the Gaillard Auditorium
for a performance.

 How to Support our 8th Grade Leadership Team! Our first Middle School class is raising money to help fund a trip to the Disney Youth Education Program. They will participate in educational field studies with courses in Applied Sciences, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts and Leadership Development.   This trip will help tie together many key components of their 8th grade curriculum as well as prepare them for high school.   Click here to read more about their trip and make a donation.

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Positive Parenting Workshop - Thursday, January 26
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