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Montessori School of Anderson Student is a Commended Student

in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program


ANDERSON, S.C. – The Montessori School of Anderson (MSA) announced today that Zayna Sheikh has been

named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from

the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to this

scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic

promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered

the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The MSA community is proud of Ms. Sheikh for this most recent academic success milestone,” said Head of School Vance Jenkins. “And we celebrate the extremely promising future that she holds as a result. We hope that this recognition will help broaden her educational opportunities and encourage her as she continues her pursuit of scholarly excellence.”

Montessori School of Anderson is new Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Affiliate School

ANDERSON, S.C. – The Montessori School of Anderson announced today that its application to The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as an affiliate school has been approved. The Institute’s Affliate School Program, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is a growing network of schools across the country dedicated to providing high-quality scholarly resources for teachers and students.

“We are delighted to have been named an Affiliate School,” says Vance Jenkins, MSA Head of School. “We now have access to a world of resources and materials that can support our work with students. Our teachers will now be eligible to participate in the Institute’s highly competitive Teacher Seminar Program in the summer. Additionally, the status provides classroom materials and resource boxes, access to traveling exhibitions on major historical topics, and exclusive national history competitions for students – many of which offer scholarship stipends.”


Posted August 31, 2016

ANDERSON, S.C. – A college readiness report released this week from the ACT showed that Montessori School of Anderson students performed significantly higher than both state and national averages in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science for the fifth consecutive year. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework.


According to ACT research, it is the rigor of the coursework, and not just the number of core courses taken, that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness. “We are very proud of this solid track record in preparing our students for the rigors of college level academic writing and thinking,” said Montessori School of Anderson’s Head of School Vance Jenkins. “Our focus on the student-centered Montessori method which emphasizes critical thinking and collaborative problem solving throughout our school’s multi-age curriculum has provided our students with the tools that they need to gain admittance and succeed in some of our nation’s most competitive colleges and universities, including New York University, the University of California at Berkeley, Davidson College, North Carolina School of the Arts, Samford University, Furman University, Virginia Tech, and, of course, Clemson University, just to name a few.”


The ACT College Readiness Letter released to MSA this week reported that 83 percent of the students who sat for the ACT last year were predicted to make a grade of “B” or better in college-level English composition, Algebra, and Biology, as compared to state averages of 44 percent, 25 percent, and 21 percent, in those respective courses. In college-level social science courses, 67 percent of MSA students taking the ACT last year were predicted to make a grade of “B” or better in those courses, as compared to the state average of 30 percent.




About the Montessori School of Anderson – (MSA)

Founded in 1973, the Montessori School of Anderson is one of the relatively few schools of its kind in the United States that educates students in the Montessori philosophy from the Infant and Toddler ages through Grade 12. Through the School’s integrated and inquiry-based approach to the curriculum, MSA students in all grade levels gain competencies in critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, and communication.

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