Middle School

What Makes a Teacher Great?

Middle School Sea Pines Montessori students

Was your favorite teacher a "by the book" type?

Did they drag out a textbook to answer questions and lecture?

No.

Your favorite teacher was the one that put away the textbook

You left the classroom feeling energized and empowered.

Your favorite teacher didn’t talk at you.

They made you a part of something.

Great teachers respect and challenge you.

SPMA recruits GREAT teachers. Teachers that encourage, inspire, and turn problems into problem-solving opportunities. And that's just the beginning of what we have to offer your family.


    Social & Academic Environment

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    Sea Pines Montessori Academy's Middle School serves children 12-15 years of age, through the 8th grade. 

    The SPMA Middle School Program is a safe and social community with a challenging academic curriculum.

    We are a community. A community that believes children should ask questions. An academic community with support for both individual and collaborative learning. More importantly, we are a social community that honors the personalities, talents, and strengths of each student.

    Research shows that Montessori middle-school aged students handle social situations better than their traditionally schooled peers. ​

    Sports, arts, music, and volunteering play an important part in student life. 

    Featured Student: Phillip Evans
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    We Don't Teach to the Tests

    79 %
    Score in the Top 5% Nationwide

    We reach beyond them.

    Testing skills are critical for future school success. We embrace the challenge of preparing students for testing in high school, college, and beyond. SPMA teachers continually work with students to develop and advance their test-taking abilities throughout the school year.


    Students love learning at SPMA... and it shows.

    A fully accredited school with highly qualified teachers and credits that transfer, SPMA students consistently rank in the top 5% of students nationwide.
    8th grade standardized achievement scores
    79% of our Middle School graduates enter high school performing, on average, at or above 11th grade level on almost every standardized testing achievement test. 

    What Our Families Are Saying

    Students say the social and academic structure of SPMA helped them in high school, college, and beyond. 

    Joni Vanderslice President, J Banks Design Group, Inc.

    Socially, it was our hope that the environment at SPMA would allow our daughters to delay encounters and issues that are typical of Middle School today elsewhere, allowing them to mature in a safe setting. This paid off incredibly well as they entered Hilton Head High. The surprise that they felt in situations that seemed normal to their counterparts from other schools made them appreciate the fact that they had this time at SPMA. Academically, our girls were prepared for the work. The biggest adjustment was in having many teachers, classes, and understanding their style. It was easy for them to talk to their teachers and work through any issues, which I believe came from their experience at Montessori as well.

    We are pleased with our decision to keep our daughters at SPMA through 8th grade.

    The Future of Education Has Been Around For Over a Century

    Experts agree, today's traditional schools are not meeting the needs of teenagers. Here's why our educational model works.

    Meet the Middle School Teachers

    Great teachers makes all the difference. 

    SPMA teachers are dedicated to helping your child grow, socially and academically. Teachers and staff are highly qualified, accredited, and experienced. From scientists to artists, we have your child's interests covered. 
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    Curriculum

    True to the Montessori educational approach, the Middle School Program offers a multi-age classroom setting that encourages collaborative learning and instruction. Hands-on experiments ensure students truly understand math and science concepts. Teachers are accredited, qualified, and work with students one-on-one and in group settings. 

    Credits transfer when your child enters high school, often with honors.

    Click on a tab for detailed curriculum information. ​
    • Language arts
    • MATH
    • SCIENCE
    • Technology

    Our science, social studies, and language arts curricula are based on primary source materials, not textbooks.

    Students become technologically literate through the use of Google Chromebooks (one per student), and the Google Education Suite for paperless assignments and unique classroom collaborations.

    Through the integration of media arts with our Art Teacher, Kalen Wolfe, students present their research in many ways – movies, songs, slide decks, murals, dioramas, and more.

    In addition, students can choose to learn to program in RobotC language with Lego robotics and Java using Alice 3, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

    • Social studies
    • how students learn
    • electives
    • sports

    SPMA offers a variety of electives within the school day and outside of school to address the diverse interests of our curious students. All students participate in art and music classes weekly. Art classes cover media art, drawing, painting, engineering, photography, and more. Music instruction covers music theory, percussion, voice, and composition. Students also do independent study in areas like French, robotics, computer programming, and media arts.

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    Curriculum Enrichment

    Music, Art, & Sports

    Middle School students participate in daily and weekly curriculum enrichment. Your child's extracurriculars are tailored to their needs and interests:

    • ​Music
    • Art
    • Spanish
    • Suzuki Violin and/or Piano
    • Cross-country
    • Golf
    • Tennis
    • Daily Fitness
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    Students who enjoy sports have access to a wide variety of programs. Ask us for more information about sports during your campus tour.


    Sea Pines Montessori Academy provides a safe, social, and academic environment where middle schooler students can thrive. 

    Financial aid is readily available to qualifying families. Contact us, and let's work together to find the right school environment for your child. All inquiries are held in the strictest confidence. 


    Families Choose SPMA

    Dr. Jocelyn EvansParent, Middle School Grad

    ...SPMA set him [Phillip] on a positive course to thrive in a public high school. He has repeatedly expressed gratitude at the myriad ways in which SPMA prepared him well...

    To experience everything Sea Pines Montessori Academy has to offer, request a tour now.