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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.

News & Announcements

Kids ride free

Kids Ride Free

The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator while traveling within the District.
To be eligible for participation in the KRF program, each student must be:
A resident of the District of Columbia, and
Age 5 through 21, and
Enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, charter, a private or parochial school located within the District or youth in the care of the District.
Free And Reduced Lunch

Free & Reduced Lunch Application

Please check your child’s backpack. Meal application letters were sent home on Friday. If you would like to see if you qualify for free and reduced meals, applications are available in the main lobby.
Have questions? We have answers. Please call the Front Desk at 202-724-1467.

SSMA Rock the Stars Webstore Open

Check out SSMA’s Rock the Stars apparel and Welcome the Fall online spirit wear store open for a limited time only! Purchase all kinds of gear from T-shirts and sweatshirts to beanies! Each item is made to order and ships directly to your home! Our Web Store is open for one week only therefore all purchases must be made before Sunday, October 9th

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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.