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Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School is the first charter school within the Frederick County Public School (FCPS) system. Attendance is open to all FCPS students. The school’s academic program is based on the philosophy and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. The students, staff and families of MVMPCS are working together to create an enriching learning community.

School Opened: 2002
Teaching Grades: Pre-k – 8th*
Student Capacity: 300* (including pre-k students)
School Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00AM – 3:45PM; Friday 9:00AM – 2:45PM

*In August 2023, Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School will expand to include grades 9-12, beginning in the 2023-24 School Year with 60 ninth grade seats. MVMPCS will be the first public charter high school in Frederick County, and the first Public Montessori high school in the State of Maryland. For more information on the high school expansion, click here.

Mission Statement:

The Monocacy Valley Montessori School is a small, intimate and democratic learning community where children learn actively, think critically, and solve problems creatively. Students’ innate desire to learn is fostered using the Montessori approach: a prepared environment, hands-on materials, mixed age classes, and self-directed learning. We empower students to become responsible, confident, caring citizens who possess strong academic skills and an enduring love of learning.

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