Serving children 12 months through 8th grade.
Sea Pines Montessori Academy has been educating children for 50 years! South Carolina's original Montessori preschool, we currently serve children 12 months to 8th grade in beautiful Hilton Head Island.
Our mission is to provide each child with the best foundation for character development and academic discovery while promoting leadership and confidence.
An internationally recognized private school, Sea Pines Montessori Academy is dedicated to developing the whole child – socially, emotionally, and academically.
"The Sea Pines Montessori Academy PTO is dedicated to supporting the education of the students at SPMA by fostering relationships and sense of community between the students, faculty and parents. This support is fulfilled by planning and executing school community events, fundraising campaigns, continuing education opportunities for teachers, and helping to facilitate communication between parents and staff at SPMA. By these efforts we hope to instill in our children and their families a sense of pride in their school and a love of learning."
In my 14 some years that I was at Sea Pines Montessori Academy, I came to realize that the Montessori curriculum is the best method of education for primary and secondary age students. Coming into the public school environment I've learned to become self-motivated, I've learned to manage my time more effectively than my peers, and I've become a life-long learner that is passionate about learning just for the sake of becoming a better intellect.
“We have been at Sea Pines Montessori since 1996...We have always felt there is no better or safer place for our children to attend school...Our children have learned how to respect themselves and others. They have learned to love learning. They will absolutely be better people because of the educational experiences and life lessons they have had at Sea Pines Montessori.”
Montessori accredited teachers use advanced educational techniques that are proven to work. Traditional classrooms are catching on. Our methods work.
Today's child development experts know that small group settings and community awareness encourage a healthy sense of self and are vital to meeting the social and educational needs of a child.
We chose SPMA for our son after signs of him becoming overwhelmed at a larger school. This school is a "family unit"- all teachers and staff know my son's name and face, parent's full names, and even approved pick-up personnel. That is important to us as parents!
" ...every other education method is based on an abstract model of the child and then derives educational models from that. Maria Montessori, a doctor and researcher, went the other way around: she experimented with methods and, based on the results, built up a theory of the child, which she then tested and refined through experiment." Pascal-Emmanuel Gorby, Forbes
"...My son wakes up everyday looking forward to his day at school. I would definitely recommend this school to everyone."
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Standardized testing and test prep are offered throughout the year.
The American Montessori Society sets high standards for qualifying as a member school. Our school is peer-reviewed, ensuring teaching principles and standards adhere to the Montessori philosophy of educating the whole child, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
Overseen by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools accreditation demonstrates a dedication to highest standards of education and ongoing assessment and self-evaluation for continual improvement.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation ensures that your child receives full credit for classes taken when transferring to high school. This rigorous certification took almost two years of assessments and applications to receive.
At Sea Pines Montessori Academy, we focus on educating the whole child. From cross-country to Spanish, our students participate in fun, engaging, productive extracurriculars. Sports, games, and outdoor time help children learn.
Sea Pines Montessori Academy is a private, non-profit school internationally recognized for promoting a healthy social atmosphere and recruiting stellar staff. Students consistently perform grade-levels ahead of traditionally-schooled peers. We offer an environment where students can develop the social and educational skills they need to excel in high school, college, and beyond.
The percentages above reflect the (M.S.) Middle School students.
“…when strictly implemented, Montessori education fosters social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools.”
Dr. Angeline Lillard, Professor of Psychology,Author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius
Research Results here
Our Early Childhood Program sets the groundwork for instilling a love of learning in children. We foster independence, good manners, play, and personal and community growth. Accepting children 12 months to 6 years.
A natural continuation of our Early Childhood Programs, the SPMA Elementary program offers an award-winning educational model. The Lower Elementary serves ages 6-9 and the Upper Elementary serves ages 9-12.
A socially appropriate community led by the internationally recognized Dr. Baird. The SPMA Middle School offers an engaging social atmosphere and and high school preparatory environment that meets and exceeds the needs of students ages 12-15.
Sea Pines Montessori Academy offers a unique, challenging, and nurturing social atmosphere.
If you’re searching for a healthy, safe, and social school with rigorous academic standards, the SPMA environment could be the right fit for your child. As you explore your school options, this checklist is helpful for interviewing schools in an effort to find the best fit for your family.
The most important thing you can do when interviewing schools is to sit in the classroom. Spend 30 minutes absorbing the environment that your child will spend the next year in. Talk to the teacher and introduce yourself to the students.
We're confident your family will love all that Sea Pines Montessori Academy has to offer.
To experience everything Sea Pines Montessori Academy has to offer, request a tour now.