Mary, Star Of The Sea Early Learning Center

Mary, Star Of The Sea Early Learning Center Photo #1 - Distinctively Christian, Academically Excellent and Uniquely Innovative. Developing global learners for 21st century learning in an inclusive, caring Catholic, Montessori environment.
  • Star of the Sea Early Learinng Center opened its door in 1980 in East Honolulu.
  • In 2016, it's name was changed to Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center in honor of Mary, Star of the Sea.
  • In 1989, the school became the first Catholic Montessori preschool accredited by NAEYC and is also accredited by the American Montessori Association, National Council for Private School Accreditation, and National Catholic Educational Association.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Council for Private School Accreditation
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1980
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students210 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 72%
Students by Grade Mary, Star Of The Sea Early Learning Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio30:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(School Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,000
Tuition NotesTuition cost is for regular school program from August to May, 7:00 AM-2:45 PM. Day Care, Summer School and Holiday Break Care are offered as additional cost to the regular school tuition.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLisa Foster


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsDance, GymnasticsDanceGymnastics,

School Notes

  • Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center offers a year-round program. Parents may choose between a regular school day (7 AM-2:45 PM) and an extended day program (2:45 PM to 5:45 PM. Enrichment and extra-curricular programs at an additional cost are also available to students. The school provides, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack and participates in the USDA food program. There are no additional meal costs since meals are included in the tuition. The program provides hands-on, interactive learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate for the age and experience of the learner. The teaching and learning activities include learning centers, indivdiual and small group instructions that provide the student with an individually, personalized learning plan.
  • The purpose of Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center is to educate the whole child, spiritually, intellectually, personally, socially and physically. The curriculum is designed to be sufficiently flexible and varied so as to provide the necessary experiences to support the development of the whole child as a global learner in the 21st century. The school exists to supplement the work of the parent in Catholic Christian education, to foster in children a love of God and neighbor. To attain these goals, the school has the following objectives:
  • To  reach the greatest possible spiritual development, the environment for the young child will be prepared so that it provides an unfolding integrated approach to discovering God's love.  Through these experiences the child may understand more fully the beliefs of the Catholic Church, develop a personal prayer life and participate in liturgy. 
  • Through these early experiences, the Center seeks to help the child form a healthy spiritual base on which to form values consistent with our Catholic beliefs.
  • The physical growth of the child is fostered through activity programs that are developmentally appropriate for the young child and allow for the development of fitness and understanding of health as a sense of "well being." 
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