Over 2500 students have become alumni of Family Star Montessori School.
Caitlin attended Family Star from 1 to 4 years old, and she is currently in 1st grade. She is mainstreamed into a typical class room 80% of the time and receives disabilities services the remainder of the time. She LOVES school! Caitlin has come a long way in her development and continues to grow. She is walking independently with a walker, using the bathroom independently, and even reading level C books! Caitlin knows all of her letters and sounds and is learning to write sentences (although the fine motor activity is difficult for her to do quickly). She is taking piano lessons, horseback riding, loves anything science-related, and she says she “wants to be an astronaut so she can explore outer space.” Caitlin has made incredible strides over the years. Her mother says that “Caitlin’s determination to strive for independence with such grace inspires me daily to work hard, integrate creative solutions and strive to make a difference for all.”
Maritza attended Family Star from the time she was two months through 6 years old. Today she is 10 years old and in the gifted and talented program at her elementary school. Maritza loves school. She is especially good at math and also enjoys reading and writing her own stories. In her free time, she likes playing soccer and hopes to play professionally someday. Maritza speaks both English and Spanish fluently and often helps her 5th grade teacher by translating for Spanish-speaking students and parents. Maritza’s favorite memory of Family Star is of setting the table for her classmates at lunchtime and learning to clean up after herself – both of which she still does at home today.
Tim was enrolled at Family Star from 1992 through 1997 – from 6 months through 5 years old. His mother remembers Tim responding to Spanish phrases during his first month at Family Star, cleaning up after meals (which he still does), walking around the Cole neighborhood, learning to multiply on the abacus, and taking field trips to the Zoo and the Pacheco farm. Tim graduated from East High School in 2010, and is currently attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He continues to exhibit lessons learned at Family Star including sharing, putting away his work, and listening to others.
Lili just finished the 1st grade at Brown International Baccalaureate Academy in North West Denver. She is doing great! and is currently proficient in Math, Writing and scored at the 3rd Grade level in Reading. She is looking forward to 2nd grade, but will be enjoying the summer first- horseback riding, camps, swimming and traveling with family. She also enjoys spending time hanging out with her mom, who is proud of her for receiving awards for both reading an attendance!
Are you an alum of Family Star, or the parent of an alum? We’re starting the Family Star Alumni Association. To get involved, please send your current contact information to Shanna Kattari at SKattari@FamilyStar.net or call (303) 477-7827 x 123.
Famous Montessori graduates include…
Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II
Julia Child, famous chef and author
Katharine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, editor, former first lady
Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs, musician, producer and businessman
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, AMAZON.COM
Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
Chelsea Clinton, Daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton
Joshua Bell, American violinist
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, co-founders of Google credit much of their success to their Montessori education: