Montessori Public Charter Schools
Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School serves grades pre-K through eighth. It functions semi-independently, with its own governance and instructional design. It is the first charter school established in Maryland.
Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School is a public charter school operated by a nonprofit organization, Monocacy Montessori Communities, Inc., within the Frederick County Public School System. It offers a Montessori-based learning environment based on the Montessori method and Spanish enrichment for all students.
The Montessori Public Charter Schools academic program is based on the philosophy and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment in which a multi-aged group of children self-select their work. Children may work independently, in pairs or in small groups of their choosing. They work at their own level and at their own pace.
In addition to books, art supplies, maps and other resource materials, Montessori classes utilize specially designed manipulatives that focus on particular concepts or skills. These materials are designed to be self-correcting so students receive immediate feedback regarding their understanding and proficiency.
In the classroom, the teacher will rarely be found talking to the entire class, but instead will be circulating among the students assessing their progress or introducing them to new lessons individually or in small groups.
Education achievement is measured against the same performance standards used by the local and state boards of education. Staff members are FCPS employees, and the school's management reports to the Superintendent.