WHO WE ARE


“We are honored to be the first Stepping Stone your child will take

beyond your lap and into the beautiful, but competitive world.”

Aparna Banka, co-founder

The Founders of Stepping Stone Montessori:

Stepping Stone Montessori School (SSMS) is owned and operated by Nikhil and Aparna Banka, a husband and wife team.  Nikhil and Aparna have both obtained Masters Degrees and have varied management and operations experience. They have an elementary age son, Shaan, who was fortunate enough to have grown up in a Montessori environment. Having been at a renowned Montessori school all the way thru Primary, his foundation is strong! Both Nikhil and Aparna were so impressed with the Montessori philosophy once they personally saw the advantages of Shaan’s early education that they felt a desire to have their own school.

Stepping Stone Montessori School is a year-round authentic Montessori school. We offer care for children from 6 weeks through elementary ages. We follow AMI and AMS standards in all our child environments and provide low adult to children rations in each classroom. Our Sugar Hill campus is AMI Accredited. The Montessori philosophy is widely present at both of our campuses. Parents and children alike take comfort in the calm atmosphere which promotes serenity and concentration to permeate in the classroom environments. We provide hot, catered lunches daily. Large classrooms and outdoor play areas complement one another as learning is integrated across all environments. Stepping Stone Montessori School will also provide various quality enrichment programs. We also provide amazing outdoor environments where children play, explore, plant gardens – discovering the beauty and wonders of nature.

Stepping Stone Montessori School understands that children learn through exploration, curiosity, and experiences. The art form of children choosing work freely and working independently lays the foundation for all future academic and life possibilities. Montessori outcomes that can be expected include independence, creativity, adaptability, responsibility, and advanced communication skills.

Our campuses:

Our Cumming campus is located at 820 Sanders Road in Forsyth County, which is at the intersection of Buford Dam Road and Sanders Road. The school is easily accessible from GA-400 and is also located only 1.5 miles from the Northside Hospital Forsyth.

Our Sugar Hill campus is located at 65 Peachtree Industrial Blvd in Gwinnett County, which is just north of Suwanee Dam Road. The school is easily accessible from I-85 and is just five minutes from the Suwanee Town Center.

To accommodate the long and late working hours of our varied and diverse parents, we operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.