Welcome to The Riverseed School, a Wildflower School in Washington D.C.

The Riverseed School is the vision of two teachers, designing the school [we] want to teach in. We are experienced DC educators who prioritize the wellbeing of the whole child: mind, body, senses, and spirit.

As teachers, we are committed to education that empowers children to be active participants in their own learning. This is achieved through respect and trust of children. We believe this a revolutionary path to personal liberation for Black children, the children most represented in the neighborhood we seek to embed in.

What does school look like as a place you go to heal, rather than a place you must heal from? Our students are connected to a larger community. Our regard for the entire community; children, educators, families, and neighbors, as whole is how we will heal, grow, and learn, while experiencing joy and harmony

What does this look like in practice? Our educators employ a framework that prompts them to follow the child. A common misconception of this approach is the doubt of children to lead. As Montessori adults it is our duty to provide children with a safe space to learn and construct themselves. This safety relates to the accessible learning environment we curate for children as well as the boundaries we enforce as they grow. In our model, we believe discipline to be most powerful when fostered as an eternal force of regulation rather than something to be implemented upon a child for the sake of maintaining control.

 

What does it look like to control free people? Why would we endeavour to find out? 

 

 

The mission of DC Wildflower Public Charter School (DCWPCS) is to create intentionally small, teacher-led schools. Our focus on deep family and community engagement will ensure students define their purpose and fulfill their potential.

We are a member of the Wildflower Network of schools. Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Wildflower aspires to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

Our Teacher Leaders

Zani Dalili-Ortique

Founding Teacher Leader

Zani is a Ward 7 D.C Montessorian with over 15 years of teaching experience in the pre-school and elementary levels. She holds an M.ED and Montessori Elementary certificate from Loyola University, Maryland. Zani is committed to sharing educational excellence in the communities she serves.

Ebony Marshman

Founding Teacher Leader

Ebony is a D.C. educator, and artist who believes imaginations must be nourished. Her career as an early childhood educator spans 8 years, and her teaching practice is rooted in anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) principles. She is an AMI certified Primary Guide, who also holds an M.ED. in Montessori Education from Loyola University, Maryland.

Our Community Support

Zani Dalili-Ortique

Founding Teacher Leader

Zani is a Ward 7 D.C Montessorian with over 15 years of teaching experience in the pre-school and elementary levels. She holds an M.ED and Montessori Elementary certificate from Loyola University, Maryland. Zani is committed to sharing educational excellence in the communities she serves.

Ebony Marshman

Founding Teacher Leader

Ebony is a D.C. educator, and artist who believes imaginations must be nourished. Her career as an early childhood educator spans 8 years, and her teaching practice is rooted in anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) principles. She is an AMI certified Primary Guide, who also holds an M.ED. in Montessori Education from Loyola University, Maryland.

School Details

Full Day

Monday – Friday 8:30 am-3:30 pm

Primary [Hours]Elementary [Hours]Primary siblings of elementary students may start at 8:00

Extended Day Program

Monday – Friday

Before-Care will run from 7:30 am-8:30 am

After-Care will run from 3:30 pm-6:00 pm

On teacher professional development days
[Hours]

Primary (3-6 year old children) 

8:15 am – 8:30 am Arrival
8:30 am – 8:45 am Drop off/Beginning of Work Cycle
8:30 am  – 11:30 am Work Cycle
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Recess
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Nap
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Community Time/Preparation for Dismissal
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Dismissal
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Aftercare

Our school year runs from September 3, 2019 to June 11, 2020.

Winter Break December 20, 2019-January 3, 2020
February Break February 17, 2020-February 21, 2020
Spring Break April 13, 2020-April 24, 2020

Additional days off include:

Indigenous Peoples’ Day October 14
Veterans Day November 11
Thanksgiving November 27-29
Martin Luther King Day January 20
Memorial Day May 25

We have parent teacher conference in November and May to collaborate on your child’s development

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Enroll Now

Attend an Information Session

The application process begins with attending an Information Session where you will learn about The Riverseed School Montessori and the Wildflower Network.

Complete an Application

We are enrolling Pre-k 3 and Pre-K 4 students for the 2022-2023 school year. The Riverseed School will grow with our students through 5th grade.

The Riverseed School will participate in My School D.C, the common application and lottery used by DC public and charter schools.

My School D.C Application Dates:

December 11, 2021 EdFest public school fair
December 13, 2021 My School DC lottery application opens
March 1, 2022 Application deadline for Pre-k 3-8th grade
May 2, 2022 Enrollment deadline for matched students

Meet our Teacher Leaders

Meet our Teacher-Leaders to learn more about our school. We look forward to getting to know you!

Non-discrimination Policy

The Riverseed School Montessori School is a nonprofit organization and does not discriminate by race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance. Furthermore, The Riverseed School Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

News & Events

Community Events

Please join us at EdFest, D.C’s public school fair on December 11th, 2021.

Information Sessions

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Resources

Learn about the Wildflower network from its founder, Sep Kamvar

Montessori from a father’s point of view

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Wildflower Schools

The Riverseed School is a member of the Wildflower Schools Network

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

About Wildflower Schools

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Our aim is to be an experiment in a new learning environment, blurring the boundaries between home and school, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them.Our schools are small and teacher-led, with deep parent engagement. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Our network is supported by a foundation that works to build capacity, systems, tools and research to grow and strengthen the network.

Learn more about our story.

Our Principles

Blurring the boundaries between home-schooling and institutional schooling, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Read about them here.

Our Network

After the first Wildflower school was created in January of 2014, there was intense interest in the school and the approach. This interest led us to open-source the model and help other family groups and teacher-leaders to create new Wildflower schools. Each teacher-leader at each Wildflower school serves on the board of at least one other Wildflower school, creating a community of schools that are linked by both a shared philosophy and a network of shared relationships.

View our network.