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.
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.
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.
Poor patience on little ones, like 3 years preschooler. Teachers don't have an efficient communication with those who need them most.
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).
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.
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.
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:)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A wonderful school for my daughter. She went there from 1st to 7th grade. Very caring, individualized attention, understanding of learning differences.
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.
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.
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.
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