Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean for MSC to be a public charter school?
MSC was granted a charter to become a public school serving K-5 students by the Charter Institute at Erskine in February of 2018. The charter was amended to encompass our entire student population (Infant-Grade8) in 2020. As a charter school, MSC gets funding from the state to support students from Kindergarten - Grade 8. Programs for Infants (6 weeks) - Preschool (4K) are still tuition funded. Charter schools have more autonomy than conventional public schools but still must adhere to the requirements of public schools set forth by the South Carolina Department of Education.
What is a Montessori School?
The Montessori Method teaches children in an atmosphere of inquiry and discovery where personal interests and talents are encouraged. Students are introduce to curriculum in all subject areas through hands-on lessons and concrete models prior to learning abstract methods. Look for more information specific to each program level under the curriculum tab at the top.
Will the highest grade available at MSC be 8th grade?
At this time yes. Any changes to the grade levels of MSC will require an amendment to our charter.
Does MSC charge tuition?
Tuition is not charged for Kindergarten to Grade 8. There are tuition fees charged for children enrolled in the Infant - 4K programs. Contact the school office for the most current fee schedule.
Does MSC have other fees?
MSC charges a $30 student administrative fee. Optional fees include a weekly fee for attendance at Intersession, Extended Day fee (for attendance from 7:30-8:00 AM or after school from 3:00 to 6:00 PM). The amounts for these fees are available on the Enrollment Forms page.
Do I have to live in Kershaw County for my child to attend MSC?
No. While we anticipate the majority of students at MSC do live in Kershaw and surrounding counties, students may live anywhere in South Carolina.
If my child is enrolled next year will I need to reapply each year?
No. Once a child is enrolled he or she will have priority enrollment for future years. Annually, you will be asked to confirm your interest in your child remaining enrolled so that MSC can determine the number of available seats for each program level.
How can my child apply for the lottery?
The application is available at the Lottery page. You may send it to or bring it by the school office during normal school hours.
When and where does the lottery take place?
The lottery takes place in the early spring each year. The date will be announced in local newspapers and radio, and will appear on the school calendar on the home page and in the monthly calendar on the Calendar page.
Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?