Welcome to Hawthorn Montessori, a Wildflower School in Asheville, NC. We provide an authentic Montessori education for children ages 3-6.

Hawthorn Montessori School is a member of the Wildflower Schools Network. Wildflower Schools offer an experience for children and a community for families that can be hard to find these days. They follow the principles that Maria Montessori developed 100 years ago, updated for today’s times. Our schools are designed in detail for children, as if school were their home. Peaceful classrooms feature a brightness that inspires. Natural materials foster children’s innate desire to learn. Wildflower schools are intentionally small—just 20-30 children—and diverse. They’re led by nurturing teachers who have committed years to their craft and to Maria Montessori’s beliefs and time-tested methods. Children get to follow their interests along paths that the teachers design to ensure students are mastering core subjects and developing socially and emotionally.

Location & Hours

Location

871 Riverside Drive

Asheville, NC 28804

We are located in a brick building behind Riverside Baptist Church.

Hours

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 3:30pm.

We do not offer half day or part time enrollment.

Before & After Care

Before care:

7:30 – 8:00am, Monday – Friday

After care:

3:00-5:30pm, Monday – Friday

Lunch & Snacks

We ask that parents pack a lunch for their child, and we will provide healthy snacks daily.

*We are a nut free environment*

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Our Calendar

We are a year round school!

First Day: August 7

Teacher Professional Development: November 8

Fall Break: November 25-29

Holiday Break: December 23-Jan 3

Winter Break: February 24-28

Teacher Professional Development: March 12-16

Spring Break: April 6-17

Last Day: June 30

Additional holidays our school observes throughout the year are Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, & Memorial Day.

Our Teacher Leaders

Katie Anderson

Head of School, Lead Teacher

I first started my journey towards becoming a Montessori teacher 6 years ago.   I was offered a job as an assistant in an AMS accredited classroom and was fortunate enough to work with a seasoned lead teacher.  Observing her calm presence helped me to understand the spirit of what makes a Montessori teacher; to be a beacon of peace in a sea of activity.
After 2 years of assisting I knew I had landed in just the right place at just the right time.  Along with Tori, I began my Montessori teacher training in early childhood education in the summer of 2014 at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education, North Carolina.  After completing my training I worked as a lead teacher for 4 years in the same classroom cultivating community among both the children and their families and honing my craft as an educator of young children.
I believe Montessori is a way in which we can “clean the groundwater” so to speak.  Lasting change and peace start with our children.  Montessori has the ability to heal both the child and the world around them.  It is the way in which I hope to build a community that expresses the importance of human liberation.

Tori Litz

Head of School, Lead Teacher

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a very young child. What began as playing school with my younger brother, transformed into studying child development in high school and working at a local preschool. I began college as an education major but choose to switch paths because I did not feel a connection with the public school model. After a heart to heart with my mother ( who has been a Montessori teacher since I was 12), I decided I wanted to become a Montessori teacher. In 2010 I graduated from Salisbury University, with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Art and Psychology.

Since then I have worked at two inspiring Montessori schools, for a total of 8 years. In 2015 I completed my AMS Montessori training through the Center for Montessori Teacher Education- North Carolina and took over as the lead teacher of a 3-6 year old classroom. I have found fulfillment in every day that I have worked as a teacher. There is no other job I would rather have and now, this opportunity to co-found and co-lead a school with my close friend and colleague, is a dream come true.

When I am not at school, I am making things or thrift shopping for school, doing yoga or hiking with my husband and our dog. I have passion for travel, nature and peace-education, all of which I aim to incorporate into the classroom.

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Complete an Application

Please fill out our online application.

Meet our Teacher Leaders

After filling out an application, you will have an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with our Teacher-Leaders to learn more about our school. We look forward to getting to know you!

Non-discrimination Policy

Hawthorn 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, Hawthorn 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.

Tuition

Our 2019-2020 full day tuition rate is $10,000, this is for both preschool and kindergarten. This rate includes material fees, daily snacks and the ability to bring in extra curricular teachers.

At Hawthorn Montessori, we believe that Montessori education should be accessible for any family that is interested, regardless of their financial means. Our mission is to enroll 1/3-1/2 of our learners using child care subsidies, opportunity scholarships or school based scholarships.

For more information regarding Buncome County’s Child Care Subsidy Program, Click Here.

For Kindergarten families, interested in learning more about the NCSEAA Opportunity Scholarship Program, Click Here.

For more information regarding our School Based Scholarships, please contact us at info@HawthornMontessori.org

Resources

Why Montessori?

Are you unfamiliar with the Montessori philosophy? This video, created by a Montessori parent, is a wonderful answer to the question, “Why Montessori?”

Why Wildflower?

What does it mean to be a Wildflower Montessori school? Let Wildflower’s founder, Sep Kamvar explain it to you in this short video.

Wildflower Schools

Hawthorn Montessori 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.