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Established 1974:​​​​​ | Infant through Grade 6 | Lead Mine Campus 

Established Middle School 1999 | Grades 7 and 8 | Brier Creek Campus

Established Upper School 2016 | Grades 9-12 | Brier Creek Campus 

Addition of Infant Program 2023 | 6 weeks to 15-18 months

Enrollment | 437*


  • Infant (6 weeks - 15-18 months)
  • Toddlers (15 - 36 months)
  • Children's House (Pre-K and Kindergarten)
  • Elementary (Grades 1 - 6)
  • Middle School (Grades 7 - 8)
  • Upper School (Grades 9 - 12)
    • Grades 11 and 12: International Baccalaureate World Diploma Programme


  • 37% students of color*
  • 40% employees of color*

Financial Aid | 21% of students receive financial aid*

SummerScape Summer Camps  | Week-long, full- and half-day programs: 15 months – 15 years (select camps open to non-MSR students age 4 years and older)

Faculty/Staff | 100*

Trustees | 20*

Students’ Native Languages | 15*

Two campuses

  • Lead Mine Campus: Infant through Grade 6 on our welcoming Lead Mine Campus in Raleigh
  • Brier Creek Campus: Grades 7-12 on our 40-acre Brier Creek Campus in Durham
    • Bus service available between Lead Mine and Brier Creek campuses 

Before-School and After-School Care

  • Available for students in Toddler through Grade 6 (Infant offering before-care only).

*Information reflects opening day data for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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School Hours

Before-School Care
7:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Toddler Half-Day
8:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Toddler Full-Day
8:35 a.m. -  2:45 p.m. 

Children’s House Half-Day
8:30 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.

Children's House Full-Day
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

8:15 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Middle & Upper School
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

After-School Care
3-5:30 p.m.



The Montessori School of Raleigh delivers an exceptional academic curriculum grounded in Montessori philosophy and pedagogy Designed to prepare our students to be active, successful adults no matter where their academic journey takes them next, the scope and sequence of our program aligns with Federal and North Carolina educational standards. Our curriculum exceeds those benchmarks at all levels, from our youngest Toddler students to our oldest Upper School students.

MSR promotes leadership, project-based learning, and a strong sense of community through hands-on learning, individualized instruction, small and large group learning experiences, and interest-based skills instruction. Long work cycles allow opportunities for students to explore their creativity, topics of interest, and work independently at their own pace. Our Montessori teachers guide  students through the academic sequence while providing opportunities for practice and the application of skills to ensure mastery of the necessary standards.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum is aligned with the most recent educational standards. Specifically trained in their content area, teachers provide grade-level lessons in Spanish, technology, health and wellness, art, theater, music, and physical education. They follow Montessori philosophy by utilizing hands-on materials and activities as well as integrating learning with other academic areas. Students have opportunities to follow particular areas of interest and also master basic skills.


MSR constantly assesses student growth using a variety of tools such as portfolios, student records, observations, scope and sequence charts. Informal in-class assessments such as the I-Ready and DIBLES, are also utilized to document student growth. 

Each fall, MSR administers the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP-4) to all students in grades three through nine. Students are tested in their classrooms by their teachers on content from the prior academic year. The window for this testing is one week. Test results are used as a data point for teachers to help assess a student's areas of strength and areas for growth. Parents receive a copy of their child’s scores.


American Montessori Society (AMS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS).


The Montessori School of Raleigh is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the American Montessori Society, and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation, and meets or exceeds North Carolina and national association standards in every core curricular area.



Nondiscriminatory Statement

The Montessori School of Raleigh welcomes applicants and students of any race, color, religion, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, and any other legally protected status. MSR does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial-aid decisions, and athletic or co-curricular programs on the basis of sex, race, national origin, mental disability, physical disability, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. The Montessori School of Raleigh also does not discriminate on any such basis in the hiring of faculty and staff.