Moore County may soon have another educational offering for students! Plans are coming together to open a new public charter school in Aberdeen in time for the 2018-2019 school year. The new Moore Montessori Community School will be the third charter school in Moore County, in addition to Sandhills Theater Arts Renaissance School and The Academy of Moore, but it will be the only one to use Montessori teaching methods. As a public school, it will be free for all students who attend.
Moore Montessori intends to serve primarily African-American, Hispanic, and low-income students, as well as students from non-English speaking households, with the goal of closing the “achievement gap” for these students relative to their peers.
In its first year, the school will start with grade levels K-2 and eventually expand through grade 6. Instead of grade levels, the school will arrange its classrooms based on age groups. Three-year-old preschoolers through kindergarten will be in Primary, grades 1-3 will be in Lower Elementary, and grades 4-6 will be in Upper Elementary. The school will also have a private preschool component in partnership with The Garden Montessori Arts and Learning Center in Pinehurst.
The NC State Board of Education has approved the application for the school, and now the school must go through a “planning year” to achieve final approval from the state’s Charter School Advisory Board. During the planning year, Moore Montessori will have to develop its instructional programs, market itself to families, and secure a location for the campus. Also before the final approval, the school must establish its academic calendar for the 2018-2019 school year, adopt bylaws, and hire the head administrator and most of the other staff.
Charter schools in North Carolina operate as nonprofit organizations under the auspices of the NC Department of Public Instruction. They receive public funding from the federal, state and local governments, but are governed by private boards.
If all goes according to plan and the school receives approval to open in August 2018, Moore Montessori expects enrollment to open in January 2018. For more information visit www.mooremontessori.org.