Our mission is to provide an excellent and equitable free Montessori education to students from diverse backgrounds in Moore County. The Montessori method educates the whole child through hands-on learning, collaborative work, and self-directed activity. Its 100% individualized curriculum supports the educational needs of each child, and promotes the critical thinking, executive function, and social-emotional skills students need to be successful in college and the ever-changing global economy.


Moore Montessori is a free public charter school for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Each year, demand for enrollment exceeds the seats available at our school. To determine enrollment, we open our school lottery registration from January 1 to January 31st, followed by a public lottery in early February to determine which children are selected to attend. Ahead of the school lottery registration period, we host a series of open houses and information sessions for families interested in applying for the 2020/21 school year. These events provide an overview of the Montessori curriculum, details on the enrollment and lottery process and a tour of the school facility. Please RSVP via the link below to sign-up for one of our open houses.


November 21st at 6 PM

December 13 at 10 AM

January 16 at 6 PM

To stay up to date on the 2020/2021 school lottery process sign-up on the Interested Families page.



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September 25, 2018

PRESS RELEASE Moore Montessori Wins National Education Award

MOORE COUNTY, NC – Moore Montessori Community School (MMCS) has been awarded $400,000 over two years in a federal grant competition. Funded through the Charter School National Dissemination Competition Program within the US Department of Education, the grant will provide support to MMCS to fully implement its public Montessori program.

Katherine Rucker, founder and Head of School, said,“Our community persevered for two years to make our school a reality. This national recognition underscores the promise of our school community, and the funding ensures we will be able to provide the very best in public Montessori for our students in the years to come.”

Dr. Benjamin Greene, Chairman of the MMCS Board, said, “MMCS has had a great opening this year. It is a major undertaking to open a new school, especially one with a unique approach to education. I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of our founding board, the MMCS faculty and staff, and the support we have received from our parents and community. We are eager to move to the next step in providing a quality Montessori education program to our community. The grant from the US Department of Education will allow us to do just that.”

MMCS is a publicly funded, tuition-free charter school currently serving children in Kindergarten through second grade. The school will expand to serve children up to sixth grade over the next four years. MMCS’s mission is to be a vibrant learning community, where diverse students build strong academic foundations, executive function skills, and trust in their abilities, in preparation for lives of joy and purpose in the 21st century. For more information, please visit 

June 6, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Moore Montessori Awarded National Grant for Community Reading Group

Moore Montessori Community School (MMCS) has been awarded a grant to start a community reading group to explore how public Montessori supports diversity among students and families. The discussion will be based on the findings of a new book, “Diverse Families Desirable Schools: Public Montessori in an Era of School Choice” by Mira Debs, executive director of Education Studies at Yale University. The national competition selected five public Montessori schools for the grant, valued at $3,000. The grant is from WEND Ventures and The Brady Education Foundation. MMCS will receive 20 copies of the book, as well as a webinar discussion with author Mira Debs and Montessori educator and equity trainer Britt Hawthorne. Lead MMCS teachers Kamweli Wilson and Keanna Artis submitted the grant application on behalf of MMCS ‘because the mission of the book and our school are so closely aligned.’ The book offers recommendations for creating and sustaining racially diverse schools and parent communities. Wilson said, “I think our book club will help open up an important dialogue in our school and our larger community.” If you are interested in participating in this community-wide conversation, please contact MMCS at 910-636-1325.


Moore Montessori Community School

387 W. Pennsylvania Ave  ~ Southern Pines, NC 28387

Phone (910) 636-1325   Fax (910) 636-1323