THE STERLING ENVIRONMENT
Sterling’s classrooms and outdoor environments focus on a love of learning in true Montessori style. Observing the children on their way to class each and every morning is heartwarming. No matter what the student’s age, once they enter the classroom, they are immediately absorbed in their learning. Each classroom is brimming with a wide variety of genuine Montessori materials, expressly designed to encourage exploration, while self-directed activities also support a more abstract stage of learning. In a true Montessori manner, the students develop an affinity and accountability for their own education.
Sterling is nestled in a quiet, residential setting, and is surrounded by thickly wooded areas. The classrooms are housed in four buildings with dedicated classrooms for each division, individual classroom gardens, multiple playgrounds, a sports court, vertical climbing wall, nature walk, performance stage, and a commercial-grade kitchen. The campus also includes a sports field where students enjoy competitive sports such as soccer/football/track.
OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIPS
As an extension to their outdoor learning environment, Sterling’s upper elementary and middle school students also take part in the many overnight field trips on offer annually. Destinations include: Colonial Williamsburg, Oak Island, Camp Chestnut Ridge, Asheboro Zoo, Camp Don Lee, Sound to Sea, and Betsy Jeff Penn. Students find these outings an exciting way to learn outside the classroom. Through these programs, our students are exposed to
• Cultural History
• Outdoor & Environmental Studies
• Life Skills Development & Character Education
• GPS-based Outdoor Research in Environmental Sciences, Navigation & Technology
and are able to gain additional experience with basic life skills including leadership, empathy, communication, and teamwork, in other words, skills necessary to become independent, well-functioning members of society.