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Lower El & Upper El Parents
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
5:30pm to 7:00pm
ECMCS Grand Hall

Middle School Parents
Thursdaym August 28, 2014
5:30pm to 7:00pm


 Our Mission Statement:

To provide a rigorous Montessori education, guiding children toward academic excellence, lifelong learning, and stewardship of the greater community.

Message from Jody Swanigan, Principal

At ECMCS, we help students fulfill their greatest potential by honoring each child's uniqueness, fostering a sense of independence, and cultivating respect for self and others.

School Hours

• Arrival 7:30-7:55

 • Academic Day 8:00-3:00

• After School Enrichment and After School Care 3:00-5:00


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The Lottery for the 2014-2015 school year was held on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

The deadline for submitting applications for the lottery has passed.  You can still apply to be placed on the waitlist for the 2014-2015 school year.  Please click here to complete the application.  Applications are not considered complete until the supporting documentation is submitted: 

2014-2015 ECMCS Lottery Application

Any applications received after the lottery deadline are placed on the waitlist in the order that the application is received. However, late applicants will not be placed on the waitlist until after the lottery has taken place and all applicants who submitted applications on time have secured a position on the waitlist. Applicants must submit supporting documentation before being placed on the waitlist.

1. In accordance with the South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 59-40-55, amended on May 3, 2012, any eligible child living in Charleston County or outside of Charleston County who submits a timely application may be enrolled in ECMCS (See #3 Lottery Order below). If the number of applications exceeds the capacity of the program, class, grade level, or building, admission will be determined by a lottery after the open enrollment period. Preference will be given to siblings of currently enrolled students and children of ECMCS employees.

2. Admission is also available to students from other constituent school districts on a space available basis and by lottery. Out-of-county students are subject to tuition requirements as set forth by Charleston County School District and the home district. Contact CCSD for information regarding tuition cost.

3. Lottery order:

Siblings of currently enrolled students
Children of ECMCS employees
Students of founding Board Members
Students residing in Charleston County 
Outside Charleston County students

4. Any child shall be eligible for admission into first grade if he/she is six years old on or before September 1st of the school year and has a recommendation of promotion from the kindergarten program attended. A child transferring from another state will be enrolled into the grade based on the age requirements of the state where he/she was previously enrolled, as long as curriculum requirements have been met and extensive proof of this can be provided. All decisions will be at the discretion of the principal.

5. Applications are only valid for the submitted grade level. Students that do not receive a recommendation for promotion or do not file the outlined documents by the deadline forfeit the position.

6. We accept children without regard to race, religion, gender, disability or national origin.

7. Students with special needs who may qualify as special education students will be enrolled in ECMCS (subject to #1, #2 and #3 above) provided the Montessori Method of education is determined to be appropriate for that child. Please contact the Principal for additional information.

8. Students may be denied access if they have been previously expelled from any school.

9. A Residency Affidavit (required by the Charleston County School District) must be completed and notarized for each application.  Two proofs of residency, one of which will be a tax document, should be attached to the Residency Affidavit.  A driver's license is not acceptable as proof of residency.

 If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Director - Marie Scarboro at 843-216-2883 or

ECMCS has implemented an online registration and payment system for After School Care.  Please visit to register your child for Daily or Monthly After School Care.  A basic account has been set up for each family.  Please check your email for login instructions (note that passwords are case-sensitive and you will be prompted to reset your password immediately).  If you have any questions or are unable to login, email Mr. Joel at  or call him at the school for assistance.  

With your account, you can now:

Prepay for unlimited care in August ($105/child)
Sign up for monthly care beginning in September
($210 1st child, $175 each additional)
Prepay for 5 or 10 uses ($16/child)
Set up a secure payment method to be charged for occasional drop-ins
View your attendance history
View your bills and payments
View our ASC calendar

We hope you will find this new system helpful!

Please send all dismissal requests to




Click Here to Volunteer!!

The ECMCS charter application was written to include parent volunteers as part of the academic and financial success of the school’s infrastructure. The Parent Agreement included in the initial student application reflects the 25 hour parent volunteer commitment.  Volunteerism is vital to success of the school and many families contribute more than the required amount of hours. The school seeks to engage those precious hours in the most effective manner for the school and the family. The volunteer hours are a direct investment in your child’s education. The school utilizes the Parent/Teacher Network in association with the Governing Board for the coordination of volunteerism opportunities and tracking systems in effort to strategically plan for teacher and school needs, available resources and upcoming projects. In addition to helping families track their progress toward the volunteer goal, the school tracks the hours for the annual audit to show volunteers save public resources and the hours are used to procure grant funding for the school.

There are many opportunities both in and out of school as well as both during schools hours and things that can be done after school hours.  We like to think we have rewarding ways for every family to invest in their child’s education and future.  Volunteerism is vital to the success, both educationally and financially, of the school.

Attending informational meetings / functions such as Parent Network meetings, committee meetings and orientation, also count towards service hours, however, recreational functions including, but not limited to, sports events, school plays / performances, and award ceremonies do not constitute as time that may be utilized towards service hours; unless otherwise specified by school. Leading a committee or taking on certain tasks can even double your hours or in some cases count for all of the hours.

Suggestions for ways you can integrate into the community will be available at Fact and Fees, through office notes, at PTN Meetings or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator.  To submit your hours, simply email them to the volunteer coordinator at or drop a slip into the box in the front office.  The coordinator will maintain the database on the school website so you can track how your family is doing at reaching your goal. information is a new busing company in Charleston and they will set up a private contract between the family and the company to provide bus transportation to and from school. The bus will pick up at a pre-determined collective location (not your house). The buses have cameras, a GPS app to track the bus location, new buses and will only transport East Cooper Montessori Charter School students at the same time

Click here to see the flyer and registration information

ECMCS  Receives Palmetto Gold Award!

Montessori Moments - March/April 2014
Read Here

Living Montessori -

The Parent's Perspective

Please view this 4-minute video produced by the American Montessori Society.
View Here