Engage With MMS

Mountaineer Montessori School is a special community that brings students, teachers, parents, alumni, businesses and friends together to help children fulfill their unique potential, serve our neighbors and create a better world for all people.

Our school is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by tuition, foundation and business partnerships, and personal donations. We receive no government funding.

Community support helps keep our program accessible to the growing number of families seeking access to high-quality alternatives to one-size-fits-all schools. Enrollment has nearly doubled over the past five years and we are currently unable to enroll all applicants due to space and financial constraints.

We invite you to help MMS offer a world-class, 21st century education to children in West Virginia and increase access to our school through financial aid by engaging with us today!

Donate online or text “mmsepic” to 52182 to give now

Virtually Epic: 2020 MMS Spring Gala

Each spring, MMS presents a major school fundraiser. The 2020 event, VIRTUALLY EPIC, will be held Saturday, May 30, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the online event platform , our blog or text epicevening to 76278





Epic Education


The Mountaineer Montessori out-of-the-box, out-of-the-classroom approach to education empowers the potential in each child and creates an inspired future for our students, community and world.

Founded in 1976, Mountaineer Montessori is West Virginia’s original and largest Montessori school, offering a world-class educational experience to 142 students ages 3-14 right here in Charleston. “Epic Education,” the 2019 MMS Annual Appeal, will provide critical funding to help us meet the growing demand for superior academic options in our community and sustain our 43-year tradition of excellence and innovation in education.

As part of our campaign, MMS students, families, teachers and alumni are sharing their Montessori stories to highlight what epic education means to them and the impact our school has made.

You can learn about the campaign and hear from students, families, teachers and alumni how and what the epic MMS experience means to them here.’

Donate online or text “mmsepic” to 52182 to give now


How to support us

Maria Montessori believed that the role of education was not to make a child merely learn things, “but to always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” We invite you to invest in our mission and keep the light alive by supporting activities such as:

Corporate Partnerships

MMS is pleased to offer a wide range of exclusive partnership opportunities for businesses and individuals who invest the future through our “Lighting the Way for Education” campaign.  Your participation in these high profile, quality initiatives will showcase your commitment to West Virginia’s children and provide critical support for our programs and tuition assistance fund.  For more information, contact JoEllen Zacks, MMS VP Board of Directors, marketing@mountaineermontessori.org.

Meet our corporate partners and individual donors














In-kind contributions

Our Apple lab and classroom computers were recently upgraded thanks to generous business partners. We gratefully accept in-kind donations of all kinds. Here are some of the items currently on our “wish list”:

Legacy gifts

Plant the seeds for the tomorrow. Making a legacy gift to MMS ensures that your commitment to quality education will be sustained into the future.  Did you know that anyone can create a legacy gift at any point in their life?  It can be as easy as naming MMS on the beneficiary form on a savings, checking or pension account, or through a more complex instrument like a charitable trust. All these gifts represent a powerful and meaningful way for you to create a philanthropic legacy for your community and Mountaineer Montessori.

To discuss an estate gift, or donation of real estate, securities or other properties, please contact MMS Director Jennifer Carriger, 304/342-7870/ jcarriger@mountaineermontessori.org.

MMSPO/Volunteer opportunities 

The MMS educational experience is enriched by community members and friends who volunteer their time and talents in a variety of ways.  Your volunteer service is valued and makes a real difference. Please see our Community of Learners page to learn more about our parent organization (MMSPO) and other volunteer opportunities at MMS.

Community engagement

MMS practices the Montessori philosophy through community service and public outreach activities. Please see our Community Engagement page to learn more about the many ways our students and families give back and grow through volunteerism.

Shopping partners

Amazon Smile


Go to Smile.Amazon.com and select “Montessori, etc.” as your designated charity–a portion of every purchase will be donated to MMS.

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education is one of the nation’s largest school fundraising loyalty programs.  So far, America’s schools have earned more than $525 million through the Box Tops program.  With more than 240 participating products, it’s an easy way to help MMS earn cash for things it needs.

There are three ways you can help:

  1. Clip Box Tops from participating products
  2. Earn eBoxTops when you shop online at 300 retailers including Land’s End, Walmart, Toys R Us and Staples
  3. Earn bonuses for MMS through coupons, sweepstakes and special offers.

Kroger Cards

Kroger will donate up to 5 percent of your grocery purchases to MMS through its Kroger Community Rewards program.  Simply sign up at Kroger Community Rewards and select “Mountaineer Montessori School” as your beneficiary.

Engage with MMS!