The mission of Sterling Montessori is to create a diverse educational community, grounded in the Montessori philosophy and teaching practices, that fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in its students. We strive to empower each student to become life-long learners who respect themselves, others and their environment.


Sterling's Counseling Information



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In coordination with teachers, administrators, and parents, Sterling Montessori Counseling Services will help provide an atmosphere that is peaceful and safe where all students are able to acquire the social emotional skills, academic, and career skills needed to nurture a lifelong love of learning.

Overview of the School Counseling Program

The school counseling program is a service provided to all students at Sterling that works to support their academic, career and personal and social development. Counseling activities in a school setting are typically short-term in nature and focus on solutions to help your child succeed in all areas of their development. Counseling activities include individual counseling, small group sessions, and whole classroom lessons. Depending on the need, these activities will either be held in the classroom or they will be pulled-out at a scheduled time that does not conflict with teacher instruction time.

In an effort to address the needs of the whole child, concerns will be heard and every effort will be made to support your child. In the event that the need is not able to be addressed at the school level or would require longer term support, we will work with parents to find outside resources.


Support at Each Level

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Socail and emotional learning is emphasized and developed early during the preschool and kindergarten ages. Children are engaged in ativities that allow them to understand and manage their emotions, feelings, show empathy for others, establish healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions. Counseling strategies are in collaboration with the Director and teachers on developmentally appropriate social emotional learning strategies that support and nutures the whole child. At the Lower Elementary level, the social emotional learning focus is on feeling identification, self-regulation, building positive social skills, diversity, growth mindset and conflict resolution. Academic supports are focused on providing strategies to be effective in the classroom with focus and organizational skills. At the Upper Elementary level, we build upon the social emotional skills developed at the Lower Elementary level and focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Academic supports are typically focused on providing strategies to be effective in the classroom regarding focus and concentration, executive functioning skills and anxiety. At the Middle School level, we build upon the social emotional skills developed at the Lower and Upper Elementary levels and focus on developing positive mental health practices and healthy relationships. Academic supports are typically focused on providing strategies to be effective in the classroom regarding focus and concentration, executive functioning skills, anxiety and preparing for the high school level and beyond.

What Parents Need to Know About Confidentiality

When it comes to children meeting with a school counselor, some parents are reluctant to support such a decision.  A student’s right to privacy and confidentiality is the basis for an effective counseling relationship. Confidentiality ensures that school counselors won’t share students’ disclosures with others except when there is a clear and present danger to the student and/or to other persons. Students can be referred by a teacher, staff member, parent, or self-referred.

The school counselor will follow these guidelines for student referrals.

  • Parents will always be informed when students are referred for counseling services. This includes individual and small group recommendations. Permission forms will be sent home for parental approval.

  • Students may be referred by the classroom teacher when there is a need for  additional resources in problem solving.  The teacher will email the parent letting them know they initiated  additional support for  the classroom environment.

  • Students who are in immediate danger or have conveyed to another student or adult the possibility of harm to self or others; parents will be notified immediately and asked to come to the school to develop a plan of action that will outline the steps of a  safety plan for that student. 

  •  Students who want to have a casual conversation about a specific topic will be able to self- refer.    In most cases parents will be notified either by the classroom teacher or section director noting that a student is requesting a meeting with the counselor.  Notification is usually conveyed verbally during a phone conversation or communicated in an email. 

***These topics are very general in nature and are an extension of strategies that are already used within the classroom.    

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The School Counselor is available Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:30am-4:00pm.  She can be reached either by email or telephone. Email will not be checked after school hours or on weekends. 
Urgent Matters:   When a Parent/Guardian Needs an Immediate Referral, please notify either the section director  or school counselor. Examples could include, but are not limited to, recognizing a change in mood, concerns of depression, experiencing grief due to the loss of someone close, self injury or suicidal ideation. 
Ms. Mary Williams
School/Office number
(919) 462-8889 ext.511
Fax (919) 462-8890