Our family has been a part of the Stepping Stone Community for 6 years. It has been a very good school experience, with each year getting even better. The teachers at Stepping Stones are wonderful, caring individuals who embrace the children they teach; the teachers are also very competent professionals.
... Read more Along with this, the Administration communicates effectively with parents. Our child loves to learn and loves attending Stepping Stones. In the 6 years we have been with Stepping Stones, our child has never once asked to stay home or say "do I have to go to school?!" Stepping Stones offers a wonderful and open/accepting community for both students and parents. We would highly recommend Stepping Stones to you and at the very least, visit the campus and classrooms; you will be amazed. This education and environment has made a significant positive difference in the life of our child. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/28/13
I have three children here and could not be happier. We actually tried a few other schools in the area thinking that we would have what we have here elsewhere. That has turned out not to be the case. It seems the other systems have a priority focus on the children that are behind, which leaves the
... Read more advanced students bored with school. Even schools with enrichment programs could not compete with the individualized education that my child receives at SSMS in a group setting that does not require my child to be pulled out of the room for "specials." I love the diverse cultures my children are exposed too and the concentration on the development my child. It is not 45 minutes for this subject and 45 minutes for that. It is looking at my child and working the subjects into topics that he is interested in. Whether it be maps, sharks, or bugs that your child is interested in; you will be amazed at how the teachers can help children learn all about geography, math, science, reading and writing from just one of the above topics. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/12/12
After being told by my daughter's kindergarten teacher, half way through the school year, that she needed to be kept challenged and would get lost in the public school system, I searched for other options. I was blessed to have found Stepping Stones Montessori! My daughter is finishing her third year
... Read more of college and my son his first (full time students with part time jobs). Since leaving Stepping Stones, both children have finished each year with a 3 point or above, scholarships, and honor roll recognitions. I believe Stepping Stones truly enhanced some very important life long skills where my children are concerned: self motivation, perseverance, time management, working well with others, and patience. THANK YOU! Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/04/11
We started our children at 18 months and 3 years. We decided to pull our second child after 5th grade. The school academically has not been strong for years now. The head of school does not know your name. The teachers are not "following the child". They don't know a child's strengths and weakness.
... Read more Nor what to do for them academically to get them to the next academic level. Our second child reports they now feel "alive" and joyful, "I was very down at SSMS". There is no "3 year cycle". Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/08/10
This is our child's fourth year at Stepping Stones. She spent three years in Children's House and is now in Elementary I. We have always been pleased with how the classrooms are run, the respectfulness that is expected between peers, as well as between teachers and students, and in general, the inclusiveness
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Posted by a parent on 11/02/10
The teachers are amazing! They take the time to really get to know and work with each student. But the most amazing thing out Stepping Stones is the student body. The students here are the most welcoming, engaging, and accepting children that I have ever come across. They fully accept each other for
... Read more the truly unique individuals that they are. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/25/10
I can only speak for the infant and toddler programs our son has attend for the past two years. Amazing. We have two older children who have attended other Montessori programs/schools, and this is by far the best we have witnessed. The faculty, staff and entire environment is welcoming and calm and
... Read more nurturing (to all!--even parents). Many of the faculty, aides, and staff have children attending there and it just feels like a small tight-knit (yet inclusive) community who all share the common goal of creating the best possible learning environment for OUR kids. I am so very impressed (which is isn't easy to do!) :) Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/08/10
We started looking at Infant/Toddler programs in the area when our daughter was about 10 months old. She started SSMS at 13 months. We had researched Montessori and knew that this philosophy fit well with the dynamics of our family. We're now moving into Children's House and adding our youngest to
... Read more the Infant/Toddler program. There is something really special about this school. The instructors are patient and caring, the environment is rich in activity, and the parent involvement is supported and encouraged. We are constantly impressed with what our child is learning and doing, and we love being a part of this diverse community! Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/24/10
We were initially attracted to Stepping Stones because they had programs for younger children. We started our son there last year in the Toddler Room, He has continued on this year and is in his first year (as a 3 year old) in the 'Children's House' program. We are thrilled with the way our son is
... Read more opening up and developing in the stimulating but safe environment that Stepping Stones provides. He is thriving, and we feel good about our decision to put in this school. Although the 'Montessori' part was not a primary factor in our decision to enroll our son, we are more than impressed with the results and would highly encourage others to consider this school! Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/17/10
Initially I found this school when looking for an enriching program for my 2 year old, which is difficult to find! We have loved Stepping Stones so much though that we will be doing preschool there as well. In addition I am going to move my older child there as well in the Fall. We have enjoyed so
... Read more much seeing all the growth our child has experienced in relation to reading, drawing, life skills, etc. that I wouldn't dream of sending him anywhere else. The teachers are stellar and this school has been worth every penny. Read less
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Grand Rapids schools — Stepping Stones Montessori is located at 1110 College Ave Ne, Grand Rapids MI 49503. 1110 College Ave Ne is in the 49503 ZIP code in Grand Rapids, MI Stepping Stones Montessori is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 6.
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