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Mission and Profile
Countryside Montessori School is a nonprofit, independent school affiliated with the American Montessori Society. It has no religious affiliation and is based on the discoveries of Dr. Maria Montessori. The school is supported by tuition and private philanthropic donations. Located on 30 acres in North Charlotte, Countryside's tri-campus community provides excellent education for youth ages two through 12th grade.
OUR MISSION: Countryside Montessori School is dedicated to providing education for children consistent with the Montessori philosophy. It is our goal to endow the students with the desire and ability to learn and the self understanding and the social awareness necessary for healthy, productive lifetimes. It is our aim to instill respect and responsibility for ourselves, the world of mankind, and the natural environment.
Countryside Montessori School is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools-Southern Association of Colleges and Schools SAIS-SACS
and the American Montessori Society AMS
2010-11 Enrollment: 475
Toddler - 12th Grade
12:1 average student teacher ratio
A collaborative learning strategy with small class sizes. Student-centered learning with teachers who are facilitators.
Chuck Nusinov, Head of School
Masters of School Administration – University of North Carolina Charlotte
Middle Grades Mathematics and Social Studies Certification - University of North Carolina Charlotte
B.S. Business Administration and Marketing – University of Baltimore
NC State Certification (Gifted Education) - University of North Carolina Charlotte
Chuck became a teacher after spending a number of years in the business world. After teaching at Albemarle Road Middle School, Chuck assisted in developing the middle grades program at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, edited and wrote curriculum materials for integrated units of study for K-8, and worked as Assistant Principal at Northwest Cabarrus Middle School and David Cox Elementary. He has served as Principal at David Cox Elementary and Torrence Creek Elementary, one of the largest elementary schools in the state of North Carolina. Chuck has taught undergraduate classes at UNC Charlotte in Assessment for Learning and graduate classes at Wingate University for Mathematics and Social Studies curriculum development.
Countryside was the first school in North Carolina to open Montessori-based middle and high school programs.
Countryside students score, on average, 2.5 grades higher overall than the national norm on the Standard Achievement Test for grades 2 - 6.
Class of 2011 Average SAT scores - Language: 629, Math: 623, Writing: 600.
Class of 2011 Average ACT Scores - English: 29.8, Math: 28.5, Reading: 30.8, Science: 28.5, Composite: 29.5