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Stepping Stones Montessori

Preschool | 47 students


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Posted October 31, 2012

My son attended this school from the age of 2 years until the end of 3rd grade. Every single aspect of the school has been fantastic. The academics are the best of any school in the city, and believe me, I've looked at them all! The directresses at each level are exactly perfect in their balance of demanding and nurturing for the maturity of the students they work with. And not enough can be said of the school's owner and director who knows each child, not just by name, but actually knows who the child is as a person and a student! How many schools can you say that about? Bottom line: after having my son in attendance at this school for 7 years, I have ONLY POSITIVE things to say and would recommend the school wholeheartedly to any parent. Again, how many schools can you say that about?
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Posted February 3, 2012

I started all my kids out at Stepping Stones and have always been pleased. The method of teaching is holistic and natural and kids learn self confidence without all the competition fostered in other classrooms. Every child is valued and nurtured/taught regardless of "grades." The children are also exposed to other cultures through the diversity there and also things like Gourmet Day. If I could have kept all of my children there for their entire school career, I would have loved to do so.
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Posted June 2, 2011

My child attends Stepping Stones Montessori and it has been an excellent choice in education. The curriculum far exceeds the local catholic schools on the westbank! I love the small classes. The teachers are excellent in learning and knowing everything about each child. Ms Dale has been a phenominal teacher and is very concerned about her students. The challenging material has allowed my child to excel beyond my expectations. At 3, my child was spelling and doing addition. They have a strong emphasis on independence and academic excellence!!! I give it 10 out of 10 stars!
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Posted February 15, 2011

Stepping Stones Montessori has high standards and has mastered the art and science of holistic, effective education. As I go through the Kindergarten admission process of some of the city's most highly regarded private schools, I find that these schools hold a Stepping Stones pre-K education in high regard as well. My son is all the better for his experience at Stepping Stones and I am a better parent due to the relationships and communication formed with his teachers. He tested at the Very Superior level (his full scale score = 134) on the WPPSI III IQ test. I know that what he has learned at Stepping Stones contributed to this high score. I am eternally grateful to the school director, Joan Navarro, and her incredible faculty and staff for fully investing themselves in the education of our children. Just can't thank them enough.
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Posted December 8, 2010

My son attended Stepping Stones as a toddler. He was reading, writing and answering comprehension questions by 3. My daughter attended a prestigious, private school in New Orleans, and it couldn't compete with the advanced academic level of Stepping Stones. Teachers are stern and have high expectations, but they are loving, nurturing and challenge the kids to reach for the stars. My son has always excelled in school because of his phenominal head start here. They focus on tactile learning along with visual and auditory instruction to challenge all senses. Hurricane Katrina forced our relocation, and we were devastated to leave, but my son has wonderful memories of the school. You won't be disappointed at the level of academic excellence!
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Posted March 20, 2010

Cannot say enough good about this school. My son has been attending for 2 years now, at 4 years old he is reading and writing 3 letter words. Ms. Dale, the pre primary teacher really has been in tune with my son since day 1. You cannot give your child a better start than this!
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Posted November 3, 2009

Our son has attended for two years (preschool and kindergarten, including summers), and we've been very happy with the instruction, discipline, and attention to each child. There's also an active parents' group.
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Posted April 9, 2009

Great school! Very advanced academically. The kids learn independence, self control. I'm recommending it to everyone.
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Posted February 19, 2009

We had 4 children who attended Stepping Stones before we moved to another part of the state. One attended through the 3rd grade, two others through first grade and one through K. My kids are in junior high and high school now and have never lost the love of learning that they were given at this school. Nor have they ever learned as much! The absolute most loving, wonderful school that my children will ever know is Stepping Stones.
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Posted December 16, 2008

I love this school and so does my daughter. This her secin year at Stepping Stones and she really loves her teacher ans her classmates. I would refer this school to everyone. Stepping Stones is a great school.
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Posted November 28, 2007

I have one child about to graduate and one in the primary class. This school is absolutely amazing. You have to see it to believe it. Not only is it academically untouchable, but the social skills and the independence that this type of program fosters is unbelieveable. I would recommend this school to everyone.
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Posted November 17, 2007

This is my child's first year at the school. I love it. I can't wait for Fridays to check her folder and see what amazing things she has learned that week . I look forward to registering my other children there as well.
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Posted January 23, 2007

Absolutely phenominal! My daughter loves going to school and Ms. Dale is wonderful and caring. I have no worries when I drop my daughter off. It's worth every penny! She enjoys and speak of her peers fondly and her independance is amazing. She is in pr-primary but I can still see the difference from peers her age not in this program. I think it is the best head start I could have possibly giver her. I can only hope my son will see the same succes.
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Posted September 5, 2006

We have had 4 children go through this school and I have to say the only 'draw back' if you can call it that, is that when they get to the best private schools after finishing here, they are always 1-2 grades ahead of their peers. This school is the most nurturing, loving and academically amazing school in New Orleans. In fact, you wouldn't expect it from New Orleans. It's truly elite.
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Posted January 21, 2005

We've been pleased with our childrens' overall performance at this school. We feel that our children have benefitted immensely from being in this environment. All of ours are doing well academically. Place your child at this school and stay involved as a parent, you will be pleased with the outcome.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 30% 45%
White 30% 47%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 1%
Hispanic 20% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Terrytown, LA 70056
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