Welcome to James Simons
Elementary School

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~Montessori Focus~

Walk to School Day
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Thank you to all of the James Simons family members who joined us for our annual walk to school day.  What a great way to start a Wednesday!  Special thanks to the City of Charleston police for helping us arrive safely.
Illustration Of A Gold Star.pngImportant Information for Volunteers

  In order to make our school as safe as possible, Charleston County School District is requiring all volunteers to fill out a Volunteer Application.  Please click on the link below to fill out the online Volunteer Application with Charleston County School District.

Volunteer Application

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

Red Ribbon
Celebrate Red Ribbon Week: October 27 - October 31
James Simons Elementary will be recognizing Red Ribbon Week to make our students aware of the dangers of drugs.   READ MORE...
Artistically Gifted & Talented Program: 4th - 6th Grade
s your Upper Elementary child gifted in music, drama, art, or dance? Refer them to the Artistically Gifted & Talented program  READ MORE...
James Simons Log
PTA Canopy Fundraiser
Purchase a James Simons Elementary tumbler to help raise money for a shade canopy for our playground.  READ MORE...
Dart Library
Dart Library October Events
Check out the events at your local Dart Branch Library.  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...
Josie Strong
JSE PE Coach Wins the Mark Cobb Award
JSE Coach Josia Strong was given the Mark Cobb Transformation Award for her dedication to health and wellness at James Simons Elementary.  READ MORE...