Mission Statement

Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School is a diverse educational community built on the Montessori philosophy that fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in its students. At Sterling, teachers follow students’ individual needs to achieve personal academic excellence and to become life-long learners who respect themselves, others and their environment.

Philosophy

Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School uses the philosophy and teaching materials of the Montessori Method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Montessori education emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. A student’s work at Sterling is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning.

Montessori education places children into three year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 12-15) forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger children. This represents an entirely different approach to education. Montessori’s educational philosophy is multi-sensory, multi-aged and child centered.

Sterling’s program is based on children’s developmental needs and creates freedom within limits through a carefully prepared environment. The environment allows exposure to materials and experiences that develop intelligence as well as physical and psychological abilities. Montessori materials are self-correcting, interesting to children and developmentally appropriate. The prepared environment is central to the implementation of the Montessori Curriculum.

Guiding Principles

1. Sterling Montessori will nurture in its students a life-long love of learning and
respect for themselves and others in a “peaceful” and safe environment.

2. The philosophy of Maria Montessori will be the cornerstone of the educational
programs at Sterling Montessori while complying with the requirements of the
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Office of Charter
Schools.

3. The Sterling Montessori campus will be artistically beautiful and will be an
interactive extension of the classroom by offering a “prepared” and sustainable
environment for students.

4. Sterling Montessori will be a community where the voices of the students,
faculty and parents are valued equally, and all members of the community are
welcome to actively participate.

5. Sterling will have a strong management team, led by the Executive Director,
which will create sound procedures guided by established policies that will
ensure a safe environment for all.

6. Sterling Montessori will be committed to responsible growth driven by genuine
Montessori practices, financial sustainability and the collective needs of the
community.