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202 Treybrooke Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560

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4 stars
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April 17, 2014
I have a high functional special needs child. He started at Sterling Montessori Academy. All I can said is my child is very lucky to have such caring and loving teachers. And most of all they all believing in him and they have all high hope for him. He loves his teachers and his teachers love him. He even wants to go to school even on the weekends. I can said good enough about Sterling teachers. We are very lucky to have our child in there. I feel safe and happy when in my heart knowing my child is being love by all the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
Two of my three children attend Sterling and I couldn't ask for a better school for them. We have quite a bit of experience with schools. My oldest child attended a highly regarded public school - until he got a spot at Sterling. And my middle child attends a different charter school because he is not a Montessori child. If your child is self-motivated and loves to learn, this is the perfect school. Teachers do an amazing job teaching to all levels in a classroom. Children also learn the conceptual and analytical skills here at Sterling, which is something I found lacking in the traditional public school. They also put emphasis on writing - much more than I've found at the traditional public schools. Upon graduation, children are exceptionally well prepared for high school, college, and beyond. If your child, like my middle child, works REALLY hard to not do any work, then a traditional school might be a better choice.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
My two kids have been at Sterling as preschoolers. And yes, this is a real review from a parent. The school is wonderful in many ways and now has a strong leader in Mr. B and an apt lieutenant in Ms. K. We have been at the school for 6+ years now and could not be happier. The previous principal made some questionable decisions including screwing up a lottery, and keeping incompetent teachers around. The current administration takes education seriously and is quick to remedy difficult situations. The key is to find out about every classroom in the K-8 level to make sure your child is a good fit. This is where parental involvement comes in. Don't select a old school teacher's class if you believe in a more flexible approach for your child. If you have problems, approach Mr. B or Ms. K in a polite and professional fashion. They will listen and help. Been there done that. It is also very easy to volunteer in the classroom in a meaningful fashion. And this does not mean picking up trash after the annual picnic. Get into the classroom and help the teacher. Become a room mom/dad. You will be rewarded. As always, get involved in your child's education and reap rewards for a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
Not a very friendly school. We have been here 5 years, I work close by, but definitely our biggest complaint is that it's not very warm or friendly. Families are spread out from all over so making friends that you ever play with outside of school is challenging at best. Some teachers are great, others are very hard on their children and don't welcome parent involvement. Every class is different, teachers get to make a lot of their own decisions about how they run their classroom. Academic education is good for children who excel if you get the right teacher. Difficult to get involved and volunteer, not a very welcoming PTA, a small group of moms who have been there forever and want to do everything themselves. We will leave for our base middle school this year.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Poor patience on little ones, like 3 years preschooler. Teachers don't have an efficient communication with those who need them most.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
Being at Sterling was a wonderful experience. I was enrolled nine years ago, and just finished my last year a few months ago. Not only were the teachers intelligent and phenomenal at teaching the subjects, they were relatable and likable. They created a special bond with their students. The special education program has improved over the last few years by interacting and teaching in helpful and unique ways. The middle school was especially memorable. The middle school teachers did an exceptional job of preparing us to transition into high school. I'm glad that I was given the honor of attending Sterling Montessori (SMACS).

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2012
My kids attend this school and have now for three years. We love it. The teachers and administration are terrific, the parents committed and the kids thrive and learn here. We couldn't be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
Our daughter is a 1st grader at this school. She loves it and we love it. For kindergarten she was at our neighborhood school, which is a fine school, but she was not being sufficiently challenged and the curriculum was not sufficiently individualized. We were fortunate enough to be offered a spot and we could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
My child is currently in grade 5 at Sterling Montessori, which would make it his fifth year here. His Mom and Myself considered ourselves very lucky to find this gem of a school Five years ago. And we have not looked back. Our Son, under the guidance of his teachers through the various grades and under the Montessori philosophy has blossomed into an inquisitive, intelligent and thoughtful person. The school size is small and doesnt have all the extra curricular activities or options that other larger schools have but it more than makes up for it in the quality of the teachers, the small class sizes, and the awesome spirit of the school. Many parents get involved not because they have to but because they want to! The montessori philosophy allows the child to develop at a pace that they are comfortable with but rather than forcing them to rush through every lesson and memorizing as fast as possible, the teachers and elder classmates help to make sure that your child understands the premise and the core of the lesson before moving on. It is an invaluable teaching method that will prepare them for high school and university. I can not say enough good things about this school:)

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
We are more than halfway through our first year at Sterling. We could not be more pleased. We were not looking for a Montessori school, but ended up here in the wild ride that is the NC charter lottery. Turns out, this Montessori school knows what it is doing! No worries about kids having too much freedom, or whatever else I was worried about. I am really looking forward to my son starting, too, so that he can have a wonderfully tactile education where he feels like he has ownership over his own works! And I can relax because my daughter can gently move forward in the areas where she is shining.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
Sterling is a wonderful school with effective learning methods and a caring, calm environment. I have a Kindergartener and P-K child at Sterling. We looked at many options including Wake Co schools - our base and magnets and applied for the lottery at Sterling. We weren't necessarily looking for Montessori but rather we investigated Montessori teachings once we began looking into Sterling as an option. I feel so fortunate that we were given lottery slots and that my children attend Sterling. The class rooms are large, bright, and all learning material is easily accessible and visual to the children. The learning are hands on, much emphasis is put on making that hand to mind connection. The children can explore learning and because of this, they learn some things well beyond typical of their age. There is good diversity in the classrooms and the different ethnicities, cultures, and holidays are studied and valued. Children are encouraged to be independent, self starters but the teachers are caring and supportive. It's a wonderful school that offers a very valuable education to children.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2011
Our son has been at Sterling for 6 years and every day he comes home at says that School was great...still. Of course it's not perfect, but his love of learning has a place to bloom!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
I have a kindergartener here and I LOVE it. She never did preschool and I was really nervous about her starting school. She has adjusted beautifully, and doesn't like to be away from school even on the weekends. It is a special environment and we are lucky to be there!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2010
My daughter has completed kindergarted at Sterling and she had a wonderful experience. It has the intimacy and individual attention that you see in small private schools with parents who care about their childrens education. The faculty is loving and devoted. We will continue to drive 40 minutes to keep our children in this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
My kids love school. My 6-year-old cried when Spring Break rolled around because she didn't want to be away from her school for a whole week. The teachers are awesome and we are privileged to be a part of this amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
I have two children at Sterling, in KG and 3rd grade. From the beginning we have had nothing less than an excellent experience at this school. My children don't just get a curriculum shoved down their throats. They are assessed to see what they personalities are like, their learning styles are like and then given the curriculum in a manner that best suits them. The teachers do not just randomly place students in a class - they evaluate a students needs to a specific teachers style and try to place students in the best environments possible. The school is small and intimate - teachers are like family. The administration is very organized and I am constantly receiving communications from them and the teachers. I went to public school my whole life and can honestly say the students are looked at as individuals - not as numbers in the system!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2010
I am a student at sterling and I absolutely love it!!! the teachers are wicked awesome! I have been at sterling for 7 years and I loved every single year the only difference is that the years just get better and better I like this school because you don't just have heavy textbooks you get to enjoy hands on activity's I love Sterling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
A wonderful school for my daughter. She went there from 1st to 7th grade. Very caring, individualized attention, understanding of learning differences.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
Sterling is on the right track. It has gone through some growing pains over the last couple of years, but those issues appear to be improving. We love Sterling for our kids...as an example, my first grader participated in a project where the class ran their own fundraiser, voted on how to spend their funds, and then brought in a science program (their choice) where they got to see and touch real organs, such as a cow's heart and sheep's brain. These kids are learning how to be individuals in the world -- how to make things happen and how to respect the people around them. They are treated with respect and the teachers are the most caring I have ever met. It is not a perfect school, but that, maybe, is part of the charm... and the life lesson. Sterling encourages unfettered learning...not cookie cutter results.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2009
I have been at this school since Kindergarten, and I absolutely love it! The teachers are wonderful, and I love the academic level. I have to say though...It is worth being there all those years because the Middle School class is soo cool, and it is very advanced...and prepares very well for high school by challenging the students, but not too much. It has specials like PE and Art, Music, and Band... and Spanish. It allows the students to have freedom, but with that comes responsibility which helps for organizational purposes. Sterling Montessori is a great place to go, and I would definitely reccomend it, even for parents with special needs children. There are teachers for special needs children, that get to know them personally, and help them every step of the way in whatever they need. I absolutely love this school, even though I think I have already said that.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 15, 2009
In regards to the previous comment my child is in her second year at Sterling and to my knowledge the class sizes have not increased, infact my daughters class is smaller this year than last. As far as special needs students I have not seen this increase either. This is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 18, 2008
Since I reviewed this school in Nov 2007, things have changed. The 2007-2008 director left after only 1 year. The classes this year are much more crowded, and teachers have to deal with more children with special needs. I think it is putting a big strain on the teacher and the school. But they have to increase their census to get the $$$.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2008
My children are in K and 2nd Grade at Sterling Montessori . We couldn't be happier with this school. They get all the attention that they need from their teachers. The staff is great, the enrichment program is very good. They learn Spanish , they have lots of afterschool programs (arts and crafts, cooking, photography etc.) Every day when my children come out of school they tell me what a great day they had again!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2008
Sterling is a wonderful school where your child will simply blossom. The teachers are excellent, openly communicate with the parents, and truly show an interest in your child. We switched to Sterling after our children attended several different Wake public schools. The learning environment at Sterling is the best we ve witnessed compared to Wake public schools. The students are all well behaved, focused and enthusiastic about learning. Each Sterling elementary classroom has two teachers with a very low student to teacher ratio. The school promotes and encourages many field trips, several in-class demonstrations and special presentations, parent involvement, and general openness. The education goes well beyond the textbook to actively engage the student with the material in the form of projects or demonstrations. Extra curricular activities include chorus, band, music, GEO-Bee, Science night, Spanish night and more. It s a fantastic school and we have no regrets in switching.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2008
We were on the losing end of the heartbreaking incompetence displayed by the administration of this school in this year's lottery process. We were accepted after putting in our application early, waiting on pins and needles for the day of the lottery to find out that we had been accepted. This was confirmed and then a day later, denied. Our spot was taken from us due to the misplacement of 6 names by the staff. The new lottery may have served to justify those who were left out, by no fault of their own, but broke our hearts. I only hope that in the future, the administration can catch up to the wonderful work their teachers are doing.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
I have been at Sterling for over 7 years and have had just the time of my life. I love staying with my friends and teacher for three years in the same class. It is sad to move to the next class, but I have found that it just gets better as I move up. We learn a lot about the world around us and many social issues. The great thing is that my teacher loves to learn, so we all learn together. I know almost every teacher and they know me. Instead of teaching us facts and giving us work sheets they give us projects and we get to choose. They also prepare us for the world behind the school. We have Spanish, art, PE and music but no other electives. I don t mind because my teacher mixes in really interesting projects with our core subjects. I love this school.

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2008
This is an excellent school. My children have just blossomed here. They love going to school here (their 3rd year) and we love having them there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 25, 2008
I think bcos of the new director and pfa , school is shaping up well.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
My son switched to Sterling just after the start of 1st grade from a great public school in our neighborhood. He is so much happier and is more positive about everything. He has great teachers, has many more field trips, learns more about making choices and consequences. I do not miss the homework and neither does he! He is no longer obsessed with 'green, yellow, and red' behavior cards as he was in the other school. He hasn't had any behavior issues and I don't see any in the classroom. Teachers expect, and receive, respect. I have always been a fan of the Montessori method and am impressed with Sterling. I like that he has Spanish twice weekly as well as music, art, and PE twice weekly. It has been well worth the time I spend in the car every day.

- submitted by a teacher
September 04, 2007
This school is extraordinary. Parents do not feel inhibited in giving teachers suggests to enhance or support the classroom. All of the teachers are well trained and experienced. They go the extra mile in helping their students and promply answer e-mails, questions and concerns. They see each child as an individual not as a test score.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
This school has enormous potential that it seems determined not to meet. They've just hired another director, the 5th in the 4 years we've been there. He starts fall 2007 and hopes are high that he'll provide some much needed stability. Academics are dependent on the teacher you get & their area of strength, lots of variation from classroom to classroom but most teachers here are very good. Overall,I feel the school is academically weak in both Math & Science. Assessment & testing is very limited, basically EOG's starting in 3rd grade. They have Spanish, music & art classes, and no sports. Parental involvement is definitely growing. I think the school is best for motivated kids who work well without structure, can handle lots of choices and not be distracted by options & movement/activity in the room. We've determined the environment, while allowing above grade level work, is too chaotic & unorganized

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
We have been at Sterling for 3 wonderful years and eager to begin our 4th. We are very pleased both in an academic sense as well as a community sense. Our child is challenged and nurtured in a positive environment, the staff is warm, outgoing and easy to communicate with and the overall parent involvement is very good. I have rarely had communication issues with the staff, and I know they work hard to keep things running as smooth as possible. We are kept up to date on events through weekly news letters, emails and parent circles. We feel very fortunate to be so involved with a great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2006
Sterling has the framework to be a wonderful Montessori school. The facility is beautiful, the classrooms are well equipped, the teachers are caring and competent. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and participate in the children's classrooms. There are many extracurricular activities, especially in the elementary program.

- submitted by a teacher
June 09, 2006
My child is just about to start at Sterling, and I have to say that though I was impressed when we enrolled, I have been thoroughly disappointed with every interaction with the school since then. The administration seems to lack a sense of responsibity and has the worst communications skills I have yet to experience. Every time I call the school to get some info about a particular subject, I get a different answer from a different person! The executive director seems not knowledgable about the school policies and procedures and a very poor communicator.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
We have been very fortunate to have teachers who recognized my daughter's strengths and capitalized accordingly. Her teachers are demanding and have high expectations. They are also loving, kind, and considerate. My daughter is currently working two grade levels ahead in almost all areas. This school is not without it's problems; poor administration, 'figurehead' leadership, and general disorganization. However, we have had the best teachers who were open and responsive. This school is not for everyone. Sometimes because parents have so much classroom access, they can become overly critical. They lose sight of the importance of the flexibility to individually tailor their kid's education.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
Sterling is a great school! My son is in 6th grade and has been at Sterling since he was 4. He loves going to school each day. I love that the children stay in the same classroom for three years. They form quite a bond with the teachers and other children. The academics are great and each child is taught as an individual. The kids are also taught a lot about how to behave in society; most have great manners and are super considerate of adults. As far as special education, my son has been receiving services for several years, and I am very pleased with his progress. There is now Spanish, art and music offered weekly. Our EOG scores are great. We are an Honors School of Excellence this year! I am also a teacher at Sterling, and I love working at Sterling!

- submitted by a teacher
November 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2004
My son has gone to Sterling for many years and he is 'special needs'. I am not happy with the special education team but his teacher was the beat who went above and beyond what was expected. I chose this school because my son isn't sitting at a desk all day he has his assignments and due dates which prepares him for life. The school does have a few draw backs but for the most part I feel that this has been the best place for him now that he is entering the 4th grade I only hope this years teacher is as great as Mrs. Mary!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2004
If your child is a special needs student, Sterling Montessori is definely not a good choice. Our child is diagnosed as ADHD, and the teachers have historically complained. The Exceptional Children's Department (for us) has been disappointing. That becomes apparent when you examine EOG scores. Our child has suffered a loss of self esteem. Choose a school that is willing to work with you, and not one that places blame on the child. Remember, only you are your child's best advocate.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2004
This was the best school any one could ever hope to go to. Not just because it was academically excellent. It felt like one big family. I made my best friends at Sterling. My favorite teachers are the ones I've had at Sterling. I now go to Exploris Middle School, and as Sterling goes up through 8th grade, I keep mentally beating myself up because I now think I should have stayed there. All you ever feel there is that you are loved, and you have friends. At my current school, it's just not the same. A few kids are left out, and I... just am not as happy. I hope my brother, who is going into my old 4th-6th grade class, does not make my mistake and leave. Honestly, that's the biggest mistake I've ever made.

- submitted by a former student
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Sterling Montessori Academy
202 Treybrooke Drive, Morrisville, NC  27560
(919) 462-8889
Last modified Sterling Montessori Academy is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sterling Montessori Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top