Monocacy Valley Montessori
Public Charter High School
Opening August 2023

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Maryland's first public charter school

Now in its 20th operating year, Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School was the first public charter school in the State of Maryland. In 2018 MVMPCS earned, and has maintained, MSDE's highest 5 star rating on the MD State Report Card. Each year thousands of students seek entry into our Montessori schools through our online Lottery process. Our students benefit from dynamic and engaging visual and performing arts, physical education, and extracurricular programs. 

Maryland's first Public Montessori high school

In February 2022, The Frederick County Board of Education granted approval for Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School to expand to include grades 9-12, beginning in the 2023-24 School Year with 60 ninth grade seats. MVMPCS will be the first public charter high school in Frederick County, and the first Public Montessori high school in the State of Maryland. 

Montessori Method & Curriculum

The Montessori Method is based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, and incorporates hands-on materials, multi-age classrooms, and non-competitive, self-directed learning. MVMPCS's High School curriculum fulfills all FCPS graduation requirements, and provides students with unique opportunities for choice, exploration, and depth in their education. 

Real and Important Work

The Montessori Secondary curriculum provides the opportunity for adolescents to realize they are strong, worthy, and capable of effort. Montessori Secondary programs respond to the adolescent’s need to exhibit creativity, to problem solve, to take responsibility, and to claim independence. Ultimately, the programs support each student in finding a place in the community and in becoming a respectful, responsible, and ethical contributor to society. Source: American Montessori Society

Tours & information

Prospective High School Students and their Families are invited to attend one of our High School Information Sessions (both In-person and Virtual), beginning in December 2022. Please see our calendar for details, and contact MVM Principal, Amy Dorman, with any questions. 

Lottery Process

Attendance is open to all FCPS students via an online lottery. The MMCI Lottery for the 2023-24 School Year will open in January 2023. Lottery results will be available in late March/ early April 2023. Current MVM 8th grade students will be able to matriculate directly to the high school program without needing to go through the lottery process. CCM 8th grade students will receive priority placement through the lottery process for up to 35% of available seats.

Employment Opportunities

We are actively recruiting for High School Montessori Teachers and Staff - positions to begin in July 2023 for the 2023-24 School Year. Candidates should email a resume and letter of interest to MVMPCS Principal, Amy Dorman at Amy.Dorman@fcps.org.
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