We are extremely pleased with the education our daughter is receiving at Shining Stars. The teachers are extremely nurturing and it's amazing to see the progress our daughter has been making over the last year and a half. We expect her little brother to attend as well next year and we couldn't be more excited. – Steve B.
We are thrilled to have our two boys at Shining Stars. The more we learn about the Montessori approach, the more we love it, and Shining Stars implements it fully with certified guides. Their early test results are great; the student body is one of the most diverse in the city; there is a strong sense of community and involvement from parents; and the guides and staff are helpful, kind and responsive. Perhaps most importantly, our boys are not only getting a great education and thriving, they genuinely enjoy going to school and learning. That to me is one of the most important factors in early education, building the desire to learn as the foundation for life-long learning. – Daniel O.
We have two children in Shining Stars and we love the true Montessori approach to its curriculum and teaching environment. The classrooms are clean and packed with Montessori learning materials that both of my children love to interact with and enjoy talking about after school. There's plenty of classroom support with three guides in the Primary (3-5) classrooms, and even better, our each child will have the same guides for three years, rather than getting shuffled into a new classroom and new teachers every year. It helps build continuity of instruction as well as the confidence of the child. And the guides are AMS certified so Shining Stars offers an authentic Montessori experience. – Dave B
As a parent who have raised 4 children who have attended traditional public schools, I am fortunate to have my youngest child attending Shining Stars Montessori Academy because the Montessori educational model is making a great impact on my daughter's learning process. I have come to know several advantages of this model over the traditional model. Therefore, I strongly recommend it. - Jose G
My daughter has already been at SSMA for 3 years. During that time the school went through substantial growth and is constantly improving. All the staff is always very kind and helpful. My daughter is very happy there and I rarely hear her to say she don't want to go to school. She substantially improved her concentration skills. The best part or SSMA is the grace and courtesy teaching. Everyone is very polite and the children learn how to coexist with each other in a very gentle way. I love it and so does my daughter. – parent
- a parent
I love the guides and appreciate their varied cultural background. SSMA puts emphasis on diversity and it is doing a great job.
- a parent
We have 2 daughters at SSMA, they love going to school and we know our girls are in good hands !!!
Our daughter is in her 2nd year (PK4) at SSMA and we have had a wonderful experience and we are so excited about the future of this school. – parent
There are many people at this school I would like to thank. I will start at the top with the school's director, Dr. R. She has had so much to deal with over the last year and half that we have been there (location issues, going through 2 accredidation processes) and she handled it all with such amazing grace. She is a big reason I'm so excited about the school's future and I am so thankful for her. Of course I am also thankful for my daughter's teacher and the assistants in the classroom (but, Dr. R. was the one who hired them so she gets some credit for that too :D ).- parent
Our daughter has learned a lot over the past year and a half and she likes school. She loves her teachers so it seems to me they are effective.
The only "homework" she has been given are a calendar fun little activities to do. For example for PK3: Find something that feels smooth in your house. Go to the library and check out a book about fall. Name 5 things you are grateful for. Play the "I Spy" game - remember to take turns. Find some triangle shapes in your house. But no real homework which I think is perfect for 3 - 5 year olds. Her teacher will say, " just let them be children at home".
The school focuses on the whole child - not just the "three R's". In the primary class (PK3 through Kindergarten) they learn practical life skills, grace and courtesy, independence, what it means to be part of a community (sharing, waiting your turn, doing your part). They learn to respect and care for others.
We are in our third year at Shining Stars, and our child loves going to school here. In all honesty, we did not choose this school for any particular reason, other than this is where we happened to "win" admission through the lottery. However, we now realize how incredibly lucky we were! The Montessori approach is remarkable, and our child is thriving. The teachers are excellent, and care deeply about the children and the work that goes on in the classroom. We also appreciate the diversity - both among students, as well as teachers and staff.
There is no homework (at least not for the younger children), and that is just right! - a student
Thank you for your grace and patience and love for our daughter. It means the world to us. you're an incredible teacher. - parent
When observing the class it is really obvious that while the children have a lot of independence, the classroom is being very carefully run. Seriously, it's pretty cool to behold. - parent
Our daughter enjoys school and loves her teachers. She started in PK3 and is now in PK4. Shining stars staff are really kind, tireless professionals who put the children's joyful learning at the center of what they do. Our family loves everything about this school. In addition to providing a genuine and high-quality Montessori education every day. The staff has dealt with the significant adversity that has come with being a young charter school in DC with staggering grace. And they never lose sight of the kids. Despite the 3+ mile commute we have to school, we are so glad and grateful to have landed at this school. - parent
Shining Stars is a wonderful school. This is my child's first year there and we've seen her thrive in the Montessori environment. She loves going to school and we're constantly amazed by the things she's learning. It's clear that she truly understands the concepts of numbers and beginning math, for example. Rather than simply learning the words to count to 100 and 1000, she understands what that means and how numbers work and naturally carries out math calculations. It's been so fun to observe her all-around growth, both social and academic, since coming to this school. We feel so lucky to have landed at Shining Stars. - parent
We have two children in Shining Stars and we love the true Montessori approach to its curriculum and teaching environment. The classrooms are clean and packed with Montessori learning materials that both of my children love to interact with and enjoy talking about after school. There's plenty of classroom support with three guides in the Primary (3-5) classrooms, and even better, our each child will have the same guides for three years, rather than getting shuffled into a new classroom and new teachers every year. It helps build continuity of instruction as well as the confidence of the child. And the guides are AMS certified so Shining Stars offers an authentic Montessori experience. . - parent
This is a hidden gem of a school that simply gets better with each year. Between their pure approach to Montessori, their caring and intelligent guides, staff and families and the addition of language, music and other enrichment programs, I, and more importantly, my child love being here. - parent