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About Us

Prioritizing the JOY of Learning

Marva Collins Cottage School (MCCS) is the result of its founder's dream-- to reimagine an education system aligned with our world of innovation. Furthermore, she saw a need for a school that would foster a sense of belonging for children of color. She envisioned a place where their cultural expressions would not be viewed as in-contrast with school norms.

MCCS is designed like a one room schoolhouse with mixed ages such that students can learn from and teach one another.  We have simple goals for EVERY child to become:

1. an adept and passionate reader

2. proficient at core math operations and financial literacy

3. able to communicate well

Our most important, but often overlooked, educational task is student motivation. We help our students understand why learning matters. At MCCS, we focus on giving students

work.     worth.     doing

Although MCCS isn't limited to a particular school philosophy, our students will experience aspects of Montessori and a blended learning model. We embrace a culturally responsive curriculum with emphasis on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) stories and cultural conservation.  Marva Collins Cottage School is student-led. Children take the lead in defining goals, exploring passions and learning about their world. Our classroom is an environment of inquiry. Students are encouraged to take chances and embrace mistakes. 

Put simply-- we understand the gift of failure.


Our flexible curriculum and teaching methods help students take the next step in their education and approach the future with confidence.  If you’re new to our community and would like to learn more about our values, academics, or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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We place worth and esteem on ourselves, others, our planet and our things.


We show integrity in our words and our conduct.


We are accountable for our choices and take care of our things.


We are considerate of others in all we say or do.


We are resilient when faced with uncertainty and see mistakes as a way of learning.

"Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their minds." - Marva Collins

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