Welcome to Allium Montessori, a Wildflower cooperative elementary school in Cambridge, MA. With parents as our partners, we empower students to tackle complex problems with creativity, courage, and humility through a rigorous Montessori curriculum.

Allium is a genus of flowering plants that include onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, and chives. While they have beautiful, spherical flowers with slender stalks, their bulbs beneath the ground are what they are most known for. Alliums represent our students’ work of seeking truth and origin, investigations that require digging beyond the surface. 

Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

Our Teacher Leaders

Judy Dwyre
Head of School, Teacher Leader

Judy is a kind, light-hearted, and deeply committed AMI guide and school leader of Allium Montessori School. The path that led her here began in  2007 while studying neuroscience as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University. Intrigued by the connections between neuroscience and learning, Judy delved into the education world, ultimately discovering her true passion for Montessori education. With a B.A. in neuroscience, she followed her growing desire to support young learners and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from the same university. 

Her commitment to high-quality education for all led her to teach in Baltimore City public schools at the early childhood level. A passion for best practices that would truly empower children to reach their full potential inspired Judy to complete a Master of Education in Elementary Montessori from Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University. After almost a decade of teaching in a diverse community,  Judy looks forward to being the lead AMI guide of Allium Montessori supporting whole child development through the Montessori pedagogy, while sharing her creative interests in woodworking, knitting and hiking with her students.

Jenny Tak
Teacher Leader

Jenny immigrated to the United States in 7th grade after attending elementary schools in Korea and China. She speaks fluent Korean, proficient Chinese, and received a B.A. in English from Wellesley College as well as a M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. A passion for finding meaning and understanding the human condition through literary analysis led her to teach high school English. She takes great joy in supporting the development of students’ authentic voice.

Jenny is attracted to Montessori and Wildflower Schools because students, teachers, and parents are invited to bring their whole selves to the continuing work of self-construction while deeply caring for their communities and each other. She looks forward to getting trained in both elementary and secondary Montessori education.

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Complete an Application

Please fill out our online application or contact us at admin@alliummontessori.org to request a printed application.

Meet our Teacher Leaders

After filling out an application, you’ll have the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with us to learn more about Allium Montessori. We look forward to getting to know your family!

Please Contact Us for More Information

We are happy to answer any questions. Email us at admin@alliummontessori.org.

Non-discrimination Policy

Allium Montessori School is a nonprofit organization that admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Allium Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

A Commitment to Equity

Allium Montessori is committed to building a diverse, inclusive learning community rooted in a shared pursuit of interconnectedness, justice, and equity.

“Healing others is healing oneself, and helping the children of others helps one’s own children.”

– Sep Kamvar, Wildflower Founder

Tuition

Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is $20,000. Extended Day until 5:30pm is $4,800/yr. The majority of our students receive scholarships. Applications for tuition assistance may be completed using TADS at no cost to families. 

Click here to apply at tads.com

News & Events

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”

-Maria Montessori Spontaneous Activity in Education

Open Houses

Sunday, October 27th from 3-4:30pm
Friday, November 1st 7-8pm
Sunday, November 24th 3-4:30pm
Friday, December 6th 7-8pm
@ Allium Montessori

RSVP: admin@alliummontessori.org

Resources

Montessori Madness

The Elementary Years

Wildflower Schools

Allium Montessori is a member of the Wildflower Schools Network.

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 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

We’re  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

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.

Our Calendar

Our school year runs from September 3, 2019 to June 16, 2020.

We have family teacher conferences in November, March and June to collaborate on your child’s development. Please see our calendar for further details.

Allium Montessori 2019-2020 Full Calendar

Connect

Contact Us

admin@alliummontessori.org

(508) 205-9530

1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Hours

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3:00pm

Before Care & After Care

Before Care: Monday – Friday, 7:45 – 8:30am

After Care: Monday – Friday, 3:00 – 6:00pm