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​​North Star Montessori prides itself on providing the most authentic & effective Montessori Early Childhood Program in Jackson, MI for over 16 years.

North Star Montessori is currently on Step 6 of the AMS Continuous Pathway framework, which is an indication of North Star Montessori's commitment to meeting the highest standards of quality in Montessori education. ​​

North Star Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten is a Full Member School of the American Montessori Society.  

​​​It is important for parents to be aware that all Montessori schools are not created equal. Montessori is not a trademarked name, which means schools can use the label regardless of if they follow the Montessori method in the classroom. 


​​​​​​Out of more than 4,000 so-called Montessori schools across the country, less than 35% are affiliated with the American Montessori Society. ​​

​​​North Star Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten Credentials

North Star Montessori Director & Founder Barbara Barnes knows that Montessori authenticity matters.

​​​In this Journal of School Psychology study, Angeline Lillard found that children in Classic Montessori programs, as compared with children in Supplemented (with conventional school activities) Montessori and Conventional programs, showed significantly greater school year gains on outcome measures of executive function, reading, math, vocabulary, and social problem-solving, suggesting that high fidelity Montessori implementation is associated with better outcomes.​

​​​North Star Montessori teachers are members of the American Montessori Society as well as the Michigan Montessori Society.


They attend yearly conferences earning over  24 professional training hours in current research and teaching practices in Early Childhood Education.


These new ideas and learning tools are implemented immediately at North Star Montessori to continually offer the best educational experiences across the curriculum to your child.

North Star Montessori lead teachers have degrees in: 

  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Elementary Education 
  • Montessori Early Childhood Credential


They have completed an accredited AMS program which includes a nine-month Internship experience in an approved school in an Early Childhood classroom under a credentialed AMS Montessori Teacher through the Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute located in Adrian, Michigan.​ 

​North Star Montessori

Preschool & Kindergarten