Applications are always accepted. The application for the 2016-2017 school year is available on our website until January 19, 2017 when the application for the 2017-2018 school year goes live.  Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will NOT be considered for the 2017-2018 school year. The deadline to be considered for the lottery is February 19th.

Please read the Admissions tab for more information.


Our Mission Statement:


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

School Hours
Arrival 7:30 - 7:55 AM
Academic Hours: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Carpool Pickup begins at 2:55 (please do not lineup before)
After School Care and Enrichment: 3:00 - 5:00 PM


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Residency Information: 
In accordance with SC Code of Laws, Section 59-40-55, amended on May 3, 2012, any eligible child living in Charleston County may be admitted to ECMCS.  Students and families residing outside Charleston County may submit an application to ECMCS, but not admitted until proof of residency in Charleston County is received by August of the attending year.  If Charleston County residency documentation is not received by August 1st of the attending year, the space will be forfeited.  There are no exceptions.

Open Enrollment: 
Annual period applications are taken without regard to the order received.  Once the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spaces, the school holds a lottery to fill the open spaces.  See preference order below.  Only the completed applications received during open enrollment are entered into the lottery.  Once a lottery is held and the available spaces are filled, the remaining applications taken during open enrollment are drawn in the lottery to make the waitlist at each grade level.

Post Enrollment:  Applications received after the open enrollment period concludes, are placed on the waitlist in the order in which they are received.

Lottery Prioritites:
Children of East Cooper Montessori Charter School employees
     Siblings of currently enrolled students
     Students of founding Board Members
     Students residing in Charleston County

2017-2018 Application will be Available January 19, 2017.  The deadline to be considered in the lottery is February 19th. 

Supporting documentation is due within three (3) days of your child being accepted.  Required documents include:

  • A copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Immunization Record
  • Report Card for students applying for Grade 1 and above
  • SNAP number*
  • Charleston County Residency Verification is required by August 1st

*ECMCS reserves 40% of the spaces in our Primary program for 3 and 4 year old students whose family receives SNAP benefits.  To be considered in the lottery as a SNAP recipient, a SNAP number is required within 3 days of acceptance into ECMCS. Without SNAP confirmation we will revert to the wait list number for the general lottery.

Applications for the 2016-2017 School Year

To be considered for the 2016-2017 school year, you must submit a new application which will be available January 4th. The 2015-2016 wait list WILL NOT rollover to the 2016-2017 school year. 

Click Here for the 2016-2017 Application

Applications are not considered complete until the supporting documentation is submitted.  

East Cooper Montessori Charter School Lottery Procedure


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 by July 1, 2015, who submits a timely application, may be enrolled in ECMCS (See Lottery Order listed above). 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 not available to students residing outside of the Charleston County School District. However, you can submit an application.  Please remember that 2 proofs of residency indicating your new address in Charleston County must be received by August 1st.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

6. 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 for that child. Please contact the Principal for additional information.

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

8. 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 - Lori Gleaton at 843-216-2883 or

Request for Records for Parents

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)
Set up a secure payment method to be charged for occasional drop-ins:
$16/day ($8 if after paid enrichment)
View your attendance history
View your bills and payments
View our ASC calendar

We hope you will find this new system helpful!

After School Enrichment Classes

After School Enrichment

In addition to After School Care we offer enrichment opportunities.  Some classes are offered on a semester schedule and some are based on the quarters.  Payments are made directly to the enrichment class vendor. 

Now is the time to sign up for 2nd semester and 3rd quarter enrichment classes.  There are some new offerings this quarter in addition to some of the favorites from last quarter.  

2nd semester and 3rd quarter classes start the week of January 16th.  3rd quarter classes end the week of March 13th and 2nd semester classes end the week of May 29th.  Please pay careful attention to payment notes.  Checks should be made out to the vendors and can be turned in to the front office.  Thank you!

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Click here to Track Volunteer Hours

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 20 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. 

The coordinator will maintain the database on the school website so you can track how your family is doing at reaching your goal.

Click here to log your volunteer hours.


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​ECMCS School Tours

School tours are held once a month September- April from 9 - 10.30am.  We will email you detailed information and instructions before your selected tour date.

Click here to register.   

January 24, 2017 (Tuesday)
February 22, 2017 (Wednesday)
March 21, 2017 (Tuesday)
April 18, 2017​​ (Tuesday)



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