EAST COOPER MONTESSORI CHARTER SCHOOL

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250 PONSBURY RD
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC 29464
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Phone: 843-216-2883
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 1st Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Charleston County School District
  • Students/Teacher: 15:1
  • Students/Grade: 25
  • Number Students: 200
  • Number Teachers: 11
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5144
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Jody Swanigan
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (24 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (21 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-08
    "I have 2 boys at ECMCS, one in 1st and one in 3rd and we couldn't be more pleased with this school. My 3rd grader transferred to ECMCS in 2nd grade after attending a private school for K and 1st grade. What I found at the private school was a plethora of worksheets and zero use of critical thinking skills that left my bright child completely apathetic towards school. Transitioning from a traditional classroom to the montessori classroom took some time but within the first week at ECMCS I noticed a renewed enthusiasm and joy for learning. Admittedly, doing independent work and staying focused remained a struggle for some time but the rewards have been immeasurable as I see both of my children engaged and eager to go to school everyday. We love this school for so many reasons. To name only a few, one is definitely the dedicated teachers and staff. Also, the enriched learning environment, the opportunity to excel at your own pace and the emphasis on discovery and community. I can only speak to my own experience with the principal, which has only been positive. I know her only to be engaging, receptive, approachable and supportive. We are so thankful to be at ECMCS!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-22
    "My daughter loves to go to school since we moved her from a traditional school with its daily tests, quizzes, homework, and high stress levels. Now, she is so excited about what she's learning and wants to talk about all the wonderful things she's discovering at ECMCS. This school is a gift to any child lucky enough to be enrolled."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-24
    "My daughter has been attending ECMCS for the past 4 years and has never once asked to stay home. She simply thrives in the educational setting and loves her school. Her loving teachers have helped her develop into a well rounded child with strong values and good work ethic. I am saddened to see bitter comments from a couple of folks. Sometimes things just don't work out the way you plan... To displace blame because you don't understand the lesson present is weak. Montessori is not for every teacher nor for every parent. It is a way of life that requires sincere commitment. I am also a former employee of 2 years and had nothing but a great experience from that position. It is extremely difficult to make everyone happy all of the time but I feel like Ms. Jody and her team do a great job! The children are a direct example of what a great community they have developed."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-06-30
    "Jody Swanigan, the principal, is a nightmare. As a past employee, I can honestly say that I was treated very poorly and unfairly. I witnessed with my own eyes, Jody putting on a fake smile to parents and then talking badly about them behind their backs. She is a bully, is unprofessional, and fake. It is not a pleasant place to work... just check out the turnover rate. I'm thankful to be out of that environment."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-01-07
    "My daughter started in second grade after 2 years in neighboring public school. At her old school, I mostly heard at the end of the day, who got in trouble in class, who had to walk at recess and who hit someone else. I never have heard these things at ECMCS. She talks about what they are learning in class, projects, and even how "mean" her teachers can be when they hold her accountable for completing her work! The bottom line for me, is this school has high expectations for the staff, parent involvement, and most important, for the students. Like all schools, there are oppurtunities to improve - I would say math scores indicate a need for more math instruction in the class or more hands on math projects. Overall we are very happy with this school, and the passion from teachers and administration."
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