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Montessori conversion to charter school delayed

Posted: January 6, 2015 5:31 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2015 1:00 a.m.
Martin L. Cahn/C-I

One of the Montessori School of Camden’s buildings, as seen from Chesnut Ferry Road. The school, which actually fronts Battleship Road, is delaying its application to become a public charter school. Original plans called for opening as a charter school in August. Now, due to extra steps in the application process, it is targeting August 2016 for charter school status.


Plans to convert the Montessori School of Camden (MSC) on Battleship Road are being delayed a year, according to Headmaster Dr. John Moncure. In November, Moncure confirmed plans for a bid to pursue charter school status with the intent of becoming one in August. Plans to do so have now been pushed back to August 2016.

Moncure said there are a few more steps to take before MSC can apply to be a charter school.

“After doing a bit more research, I realized that there is much more to becoming a charter school,” Moncure said.

One major step is putting together a site plan, something Moncure said he is still learning about.

He said the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina -- what Moncure called a charter school startup incubator -- is nurturing MSC through the process. The alliance will also coach, train and provide technical assistance, Moncure said.

Once MSC submits its application, the S.C. Public Charter School District will have 90 days to approve or reject it.

Meanwhile, Moncure said MSC is sending out letters to parents who have already shown an interest in enrolling their children in the potential charter school about the delay.

He said anyone else who is interested in enrolling their children can send an email to, call 432-6828 or stop by the school’s office to sign a letter.



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