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Mission And Vision

The mission of Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School is to offer a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential. The vision of the founders of Shining Stars Montessori Academy is one that seeks to alter the educational outcomes of children living in Washington, DC, thereby positioning them for future success. In keeping with our mission, we will strive to nurture the genius of all the children who come through our doors, guiding them in the principles of the Montessori approach.

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SSMA 2024-25 Enrollment

Thank you for your interest in Shining Stars Montessori Academy! We look forward to sharing information about our Academy with you and learning more about your child and family throughout the application process.

Enrollment Saturday - April 27, 2024
We will be participating in Enrollment Saturday to provide an opportunity for families to complete enrollment outside of regular school hours. Staff will be available to assist returning and new families' parents with enrolling for the 24-25 SY.

For more information, please call (202) 723-1467 or email [email protected]


Join Shining Stars Montessori Academy's Family Market! SSMA has partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank to offer monthly distributions of nutritious groceries to members of the Shining Stars Montessori Academy community free of charge.
When: Monday, December 11, 2023, from 3 pm to 5 pm
Monday January 8, 2024 from 3pm to 5pm
Monday February 12, 2024 from 3pm to 5pm
Monday March 11, 2024 from 3pm to 5pm
Monday April 8, 2024 from 3pm to 5pm
Monday May 13, 2024 from 3pm to 5pm
Monday June 10, 2024 from 3pm to 5pm

Where: SSMA Campus (front and rear entrance(s) of the building)
Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2023

Dear Shining Stars Montessori Academy Community,
As we approach the season of gratitude and giving, we're excited to share the spirit of generosity with you on this year's Giving Tuesday! To best serve and create intentional spaces for our students, we need your help and support. This Giving Tuesday, we are on a mission to raise funds. Our goal is to raise $7,500, and we believe that with your support, we can make a lasting impact.
Why Give to Us on Giving Tuesday?
Playground Renovation
STEM Lab and Makerspace equipment:
Theatre-grade-stage Curtains for the Obama Auditorium
Everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts!
Can you make a donation to support Shining Stars students today? You don't have to wait until Giving Tuesday to give your gift -- you can give it today!
Thank you for your continuing support!

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How do Montessori Schools Prepare Children For Modern Life? Featured Photo

How do Montessori Schools Prepare Children For Modern Life?

When deciding what elementary school path to take, the choices are sometimes overwhelming. Many people think Montessori schools are only for preschool- and kindergarten-age children. However, there are many reasons to consider a Montessori school for your child’s formative years. Below are just a few of the most compelling arguments for Montessori education that tie into preparing your child for the future.
Montessori Works


A growing body of research supports the effectiveness of Montessori education over a range of outcomes, including school readiness, academic achievement, executive function skills, and more. A recent large-scale study in South Carolina1 and an in-depth study in Connecticut2 have supported all of the findings below as well as showing gains across racial and income sub-groups.