A Quality Education Starts at Sea Pines

With almost 80% of our middle school students scoring in the top 5% of national standardized tests, SPMA excels at educating children in a social, community-oriented environment.

Admissions Process

You'll Find Everything You Need to Learn About the Application Process and Tuition. Financial Assistance is Available to Those Who Qualify. We are Committed to Providing an Inclusive and Open Environment Regardless of Race, Biological Gender, Gender Identity, Sex, or Socioeconomic Status.

This Paid Off Incredibly Well

Social Atmosphere

A community oriented school, SPMA focuses on respect for others and a socially engaging environment. 

Educational Environment

We challenge students to challenge themselves. A spiral curriculum allows for a deeper understanding of subjects and use their natural curiosity to their advantage. 

 

Awareness of the World

Community outreach, fundraising, and volunteering for good causes are an important part of an SPMA student's life. 

 

Get to Know Us

Sea Pines Montessori Academy features 9 classrooms, one library, three music rooms, an art and music studio, dedicated Spanish classroom, multipurpose room, and an extensive array of authentic Montessori materials. Extending from the building is approximately one acre of outdoor play space with two playgrounds, one for Preprimary students and a larger one for the Primary and Elementary students. There is also a beautiful outdoor green space used as a community amphiteater and sports venue.

The Enrollment Process

We are honored that you are interested in Sea Pines Montessori Academy for your child. The admissions process is quite simple. We encourage you to schedule a tour prior to starting your application. Call the front office at (843) 785-2534 or contact to schedule a tour and classroom observation.

SPMA Policies & Procedures

A completed application form, including the non-refundable Application Fee of $100.00, must be submitted to the office. Checks should be made payable to Sea Pines Montessori Academy (SPMA).

Applications are accepted year-round, and it is to the student’s advantage to apply as soon as possible. The school has an open enrollment policy whereby students may enroll during the year if space is available. If space is not available, applications are kept on file.

A Detailed Overview of the Process

A Detailed Overview of the Admissions Process

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  1. Parents complete a campus tour and classroom observation. The initial class tour and classroom observation are best with only parents in attendance. Student visits happen at a later point when the student explores the environment.
  2. A completed application and application fee are submitted to the office.
  3. A student exploration visit is completed with an appropriate grade level teacher.
  4. We will notify the parents of acceptance. If any program carries a waitlist parents will be made aware at the beginning of the process.

Age Requirements

Age groupings are based on a child's age on September 1st. This is required by South Carolina. Applicants to our Preprimary Program must be 12 months of age on their first day of school.

Student Exploration Visit

Each child will have the opportunity to tour the school as part of the admission process. The child has a “visit” as part of his or her familiarization with the school and our familiarization with the child. School personnel will take the opportunity to assess your child for school during this visit.

Orientation

Each child will attend an orientation program to become familiar with the routines of the classroom. Parents should also become familiar with the SPMA Uniform Policy and Parent Handbook.

For planned [extended] absences, please refer to the Attendance and Tardy Policy. Parents should meet with their child's Upper School teachers and submit an Independent Study Form to the Head of School for approval as well.

Parent Campus Tour & Classroom Obervation

Tours of the school campus are by appointment. Please call (843) 785-2534 to schedule your campus tour. During the tour, information is provided about the history of the school and the Montessori Method. While on the tour, we welcome questions and answers.

You will also observe a classroom after the tour. Plan for a minimum of 30 minutes (longer if you'd like!).  Seeing the students work in the classroom is truly the best part of what we do!

Notification of Acceptance

Families will be notified of student acceptance at the end of the admission process. If accepted, the family will receive the necessary papers to complete the enrollment process. In January, re-enrollment forms are sent to currently enrolled students, and by mid-February vacancies for the next school year are filled from applicants in the waiting pool ready to be admitted.

The admissions process continues throughout the year. If a program is full the family is given a spot on our wait list.