Middle school ribbon cutting, annual meeting to be held Sept. 23
A ribbon cutting and open house for Mountaineer Montessori School’s (MMS) new middle school program will be held Tuesday, September 23, at Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle at Bridge Road.
The new 7th and 8th grade program is the only one of its kind in West Virginia, offering an academically challenging curriculum that emphasizes STEM, arts, entrepreneurship and real-life work. It was created in response to a growing demand for alternatives to one-size-fits-all education and a 50 percent enrollment increase at MMS over the past three years.
MMS families and the public are invited for the opening festivities and an informal reception at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by the school’s annual meeting and report to the community at 6 p.m. During the program, faculty and members of the board of directors will update attendees on school developments.
Presentation of “MMS@50,” a new 10-year strategic plan for the school, and election of new board members are also on the agenda.
About Mountaineer Montessori School
Mountaineer Montessori School is the largest, oldest and most established Montessori school in West Virginia, serving an estimated 1,000 students since its founding in 1976 by the education pioneer Mary McKown. MMS provides a rich academic and cultural program to 120 students ages 3-14 at its Kanawha City/University of Charleston (308 20th Street) and South Hills (704 Myrtle Road) campuses in Charleston. Scholarships and sliding scale tuition are offered based upon financial need.
MMS is a private, non-sectarian, non-profit 501(c)(3) school governed by board of directors elected from the community. All MMS faculty members train at programs affiliated with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) or the American Montessori Society (AMS), the two most recognized Montessori teacher training programs worldwide.
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