What is Montessori

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Our 20/21 Yearbooks are now $55 and can be purchased while supplies last.  Visit MSB for more information.

The 2021/2022 Lottery was held on March 1, 2021. Updates to the waitlists will ONLY be made when there are changes to report. Placement of students in the 1st–8th grades will begin when the current school year ends in mid-June. Please note that Sterling will continue to make offers of enrollment through the first 35 days of school.
Kindergarten (4-12-21)
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade


(3 and 4-year old programs available)

2021/2022 Preschool Application

Be sure to view our virtual classroom tour and sign up for a Zoom Informational Session before you apply.


(Kindergarten-8th Grade)

For general information about Sterling Montessori's admissions and lottery process, please visit our Charter Admissions page.

“Education is a natural process carried out by the Human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by Experiences.”   - Dr. Maria Montessori

A Unique Approach to Learning

The Montessori pedagogy is based upon the research of Italian physician and child development clinician, Dr. Maria Montessori. The philosophy is founded upon the concept that developing the whole child, socially, emotionally and intellectually, is the primary factor for academic success. A child’s achievements at Sterling are not solely dependent on teaching to state standards or preparing for end-of-grade tests.  Although, Sterling consistently exceeds those measures and is highly ranked in state-wide assessments, the true realization of success at Sterling originates from its strong commitment to Montessori principles.

maria-montessori-educacion-1024x351.jpgA century after its beginnings, research continues to validate the effectiveness of the Montessori method.  An untrained eye might observe activity in a Montessori classroom to be only play, but it is play with purpose, enabling the work of learning to occur.  A classroom at Sterling organizes children into three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 12-14), following the 3-year planes of development described by Maria Montessori. This grouping allows children to form communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger children. Students begin their day with an activity they choose and an extended work cycle to focus and learn through that activity.  The goal of executive function develops when children are given uninterrupted work time while a student’s choice encourages motivation, all with materials that guide learning toward specific outcomes.