Welcome to SVMS. We are a diverse, authentic Montessori educational community that is built on the principles of: intrinsic motivation, self-directed learning and social responsibility. We strive to develop each student's full potential: physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.

About SVMS

SVMS is a non-profit, private Montessori School licensed by the state of North Carolina and is located in Black Mountain. SVMS focuses on the Montessori approach to child-centered learning by creating an environment where children feel secure, supported, and stimulated. We believe in the child: in each dream, in each mind and in each individual, through nurturing confidence, self-motivation and cooperation we promote community awareness and enthusiasm for life-long learning. We wish to help children become individuals who respect themselves, other beings and the world in which they live.
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I highly recommend SVMS! We love the Montessori method of teaching. Two of our children have attended SVMS, and both have been better off for it.

-SVMS Parent

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Sometimes you just gotta take a break and boogie down.
Wishing all of you moms out there a happy Mother's Day weekend! Here's a sweet song our preschoolers sang to their moms following our annual Mother's Day tea. Thank you to our wonderful kids and to Jay Brown for teaching them his original song called Meditations on Mom.
Happy birthday to our Ms. Diane!
~From our Upper Elementary class
A taste of LEAF with our elementary classes! Come see our kiddos perform with the dynamic sister group SHEL! October 22nd at noon on the main stage.

Performers: remember to arrive at Owen Middle School for LEAF check in and shuttle 2 hours before our performance.

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SVMS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations to SVMS are tax-deductible. As a private, non-profit school, our operating expenses are supported by tuition, fund-raising opportunities, and donations. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to SVMS, please click below.

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Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child open up himself to life.

-Maria Montessori

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Good evening SVMS parents,

We will be operating on a 2-hour delay for students tomorrow, December 11, 2017. Carline will begin at 10:20. No before care.

We'd like to allow more time tomorrow for our temperatures to warm-up and allow more sunlight to melt any isolated icy spots in roads and parking lots.

Thank you!
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1 day ago

Due to the amount of snow that this storm has dumped on Black Mountain and the road conditions that come along with the white stuff, we are going to cancel tomorrow's yard sale. We had really hoped to have a way for folks to get some affordable holiday shopping done. However, the New Year can be a great time for shopping too!

We will be storing the donated items and if you still have items to bring, you can either hang on to them or bring them Monday and we will add them to store.

Thank you everyone for this great effort! Mother Nature just won this one!

The official date and details forthcoming.

Stay safe and warm out there!
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Swannanoa Valley Montessori School added 12 new photos.

Afternoon classes: Montessori Enrichment and Extended Day. Exploring a real cow skull. Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's painting: Cow's Skull-Red, White and Blue, 1931.
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4 days ago

Afternoon classes: Montessori Enrichment and Extended Day. Exploring a real cow skull. Inspired by Georgia OKeeffes painting: Cows Skull-Red, White and Blue, 1931.

SVMS at a Glance

> Founded in 2003

> A non-profit, private Montessori School licensed by the State of North Carolina

> A member of American Montessori Society

> Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors

> Children’s House program (3 years – 6 years)

> Elementary program (grades 1 – 6) established in 2004

>located on Carver Avenue in Black Mountain, NC

> Enrollment: 64

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