Cool School: Sundrops Montessori

Students at Sundrops Montessori receive individualized learning in a creative and nurturing environment.  We’re in Mount Pleasant for our Cool School of the week.

Sundrops Montessori is a private school with  more than 300 students across three campuses.  The school has a campus in Downtown Charleston,  two campuses in Mount Pleasant, Dunes West and the main campus off of Houston Northcutt.

Sundrops opened in 1998 with eight children, and has since expanded to three campuses with programs serving children from six-weeks-old  to 12.  Students learn through an integrated curriculum, where language, mathematics, global cultures, foreign language, music and art are part of every day.

School leaders say their focus is to create an environment sensitive to the physical, educational and emotional needs of children.  Founder Shannon Smith says, “I think it’s a Cool School because everybody can integrate. They can go from class to class.  They can come visit another space. There is freedom of movement, and they get to follow their passion.  We have a great staff.  You know we have a wonderful team, and they all have their own identity, and culture.  They all support one another, and that’s a really healthy work environment.”  Fifth-grade student Akosua Yeboah  says, “It’s a really awesome school, and we have wonderful teachers.  We’re not always told or forced that we have to do this or we have to do that.  We get a chance to do what we want to do and also we get to go to other classrooms and visit, and it’s just fun.”  Third-grade student Jasper Fun says, “It’s fun and  you learn a lot.  I came here and now I read a lot.”  “We’re teaching the children about the whole world.  It never gets boring.  There’s always something new or more to learn to share with them,” says, Shannon Marchell,  lead upper elementary teacher.

Coming up tonight on News 2 at 5pm,  we’ll take a closer look at the special programs offered at Sundrops Montessori.

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