About North Star Montessori Academy

Located In Beautiful Marquette, Michigan
  • Successfully preparing our graduates to be contributing members of society.

    North Star Montessori Academy is a public school chartered by Northern Michigan University, serving grades Pre-K - 12.

    North Star offers parents and students a small, personalized and project based learning environment and is also tuition free. Our Mission – A competitive Pre-K – 12 small learning community focusing on hands-on academics, integrating our global environment and the arts and technology to successfully prepare our graduates to be contributing members of society. Our school day runs from 8:30 AM – 3:40 PM

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  • North Star Montessori Academy Focus

    • Environmental Focused Instruction

      One of the most important things we can teach our children, is to learn from and protect the world we live in.

    • Child Centered

      With small class sizes, each child gets the individualized attention he or she needs.

    • Service Learning

      North Star believes in empowering students to make a positive impact in their community.

    • Project Based Learning

      North Star incorporates learning through the process and enjoyment of project building.

  • History of North Star Montessori Academy (NSMA) was established as an alternative high school in 1994 and became a Public School Academy, chartered by Northern Michigan University in 1997. Today NSA serves students of all academic abilities in grades Pre-K – 12. Despite operating in a region of declining enrollment, school enrollment continues to grow and the school is seen as a viable ‘school of choice’.

    The school is built on the Principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) and became an accredited member of CES in 2002. “Essential schools” share a set of ideas known as principles and seek to lower teacher’s student loads, personalize teaching and curriculum, and make students’ work the center of classroom activity. They award diplomas based on curriculum mastery not seat time. They aim to create an atmosphere of trust and respect for the school, faculty, students, and parents, and to model democratic practices and honor diversity.

    In 2006, North Star Montessori Academy moved into a brand new facility located in Marquette. The building was designed and decorated by students-for students. It features classrooms whose size can be manipulated, wireless internet, and a colorful scheme. The building compliments the school’s goals to promote project based learning, teamwork and technology skills.

    • Joseph Kukulski
      CEO/Superintendent
    • Andrea Ballard
      Preschool-12th Grade Principal

    North Star Montessori Academy is a public school chartered by Northern Michigan University, serving grades Pre-K – 12. North Star Academy offers parents and students a small, personalized and project based learning environment and is also tuition free.

    Parents and guardians interested in enrolling their children at North Star Montessori Academy need to complete an application, which can be obtained below or by calling the school’s main office. The application may be returned to the school via email, fax or mail. Upon receipt, a North Star Academy administrator will call to arrange an informational meeting.

    For the 2017-2018 school year, we only have a limited number of enrollment spots. In accordance with charter school law, students completing the school year are guaranteed a spot for the next year if their re-enrollment form is completed and turned into the office. If there are any openings, siblings of enrolled students have the next opportunity to fill slots. If slots still exist new students are accepted. For grade levels with more applicants than spots, a waiting list will be created.

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