Our Mission Statement

We believe that every child is precious and unique with unlimited artistic, spiritual and academic potential. We believe that if given a safe and prepared environment, every child can become self-motivated and self-disciplined. We believe in the principles and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori who believed that the greatness of human personality begins at birth.

"We must leave the spirit free to develop, for this is the whole of our mission". Maria Montessori, 1934

Grade levels: 1st grade through 6th grade

School hours: 8 am to 3:00 pm Extended day : 8 am - 5:30 pm

Our advanced curriculum makes this program perfect for the academically motivated child. Class size averages 15 students Our standardized test scores routinely place a minimum of 50% of the 3rd -6th graders tested in the prestigious Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)

Admission requirements: Must have successfully completed a three year Montessori Primary program in an unmodified Montessori school or transfer from an accelerated program on or above grade level.

Cost: 690.00 monthly payable on the 1st and 15th of each month, $275.00 annual registration and testing fee due at the time of enrollment and every April 1st thereafter.

Curriculum outlines for both lower (1-3) and upper (4-6) elementary and parent student handbooks are available online here:

Download the Lower Elementary Curriculum PDF. (coming soon)

Download the Upper Elementary Curriculum PDF. (coming soon)

Contact us for more info at or by phone: 803-772-2262

Montessori Early Learning Center

1101 Balsam Rd. Columbia, South Carolina 29210


Ina Lightner Fort, Owner/Principal