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Who we are

MMCI envisions a future in which a Montessori education is available and accessible to all.

Monocacy Montessori Communities (MMCI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization recognized by the state of Maryland and the Frederick County Board of Education as the operator of two public schools, Carroll Creek Montessori and Monocacy Valley Montessori.

As a nonprofit, MMCI itself is a small, grassroots organization comprised of dedicated parents, staff, and community volunteers. Together, these volunteers share MMCI’s monumental task of overseeing operations, fiscal management, and academic success at its two schools. Additionally, MMCI provides opportunities for student enrichment and staff development. MMCI is also actively involved in charter school advocacy and leadership at the state and local level.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (BOT) is the official decision-making body of MMCI. The BOT is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the organization with oversight of the organization’s finances, operations, and overarching policies.

All members of both the MVM and CCM communities—parents, staff, and founders whose children are not yet school age—are automatically members of MMCI.

Each year, our membership elects parents from both schools, as well as members of the greater Frederick community, to become part of the BOT and its many subcommittees.

The BOT meets monthly on the Last Wednesday of the month at 7pm. All meetings are open to the public.

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School governance

Each School has a Governing Council that operates as a semi-autonomous standing committee of the Board of Trustees. The Governing Councils serve as the policy making bodies for the schools.

The Governing Councils develop policies necessary to realize the goals of the school’s charter and meet the needs of its families. This is a truly unique opportunity within the public school system, and this independence to create policy is a result of the charter agreement with the Frederick County Board of Education.

The parent positions on each GC are filled by parents or guardians of current students at the respective schools. Elections for these positions are held every fall as current members’ two year terms expire in rotation. Staff elects their own representatives. GC meetings are open to all parents and staff and minutes are published for the community to review.