Originally Posted by zaddisw
Hello, we are considering moving to Charlotte and have a 5 year old who is already in montessori school. We saw several montessori magnet schools but were unsure of the lottery process for allowing our child to attend. It seems that he will not get in because we are from out of the district/area. Most people on this forum say stay away from Charlotte-Meck schools.. are they talking public or magnet/private schools in the CMS area? I have also heard that Fort Mill has great schools but they do not have a montessori school, so I am anxious to know how do they compare to Charlotte magnet schools. If there is anyone whose child attens montessori, or Fort Mill, please let me know.
Charlotte does have one public Montessori school that I know of, Park Road Montessori.
You should contact Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to find out the exact procedure for enrolling your child.
In addition, there are several fine private Montessori's.
Anami Montessori is a well-regarded school. A good friend, who is herself a montessori teacher at Charlotte's public montessori (Park Road Montessori), had her children attend Anami until they were old enough for the public school.
Anami is an AMI (Association Montessori International) school. That association tends to look down it's nose at Montessori schools which are AMS (American Montessori Society) schools. However, my friend was AMI trained and certified and works in and AMS school and says there is very little difference. The Americans are apparently trying hard to get the internationals to come together as one, not sure that will ever happen. However, our public Montessori program is very well regarded and only charges for the 4 year olds. Once a child enters kindergarten there is no more cost to the parents. Anami seems to run about $3000. a year from what my friend told me.
Do not believe everything you read about avoiding Charlotte's public schools. Yes, we have problems in too many of them (one is too many), but they are the ones serving poorer neighborhoods and have many tough issues to deal with. There are MANY great elementary schools in this system, especially in the northern end of the county and southern end of the county.