Welcome to Allium Montessori, a Wildflower cooperative school in Cambridge, MA. With parents as our partners, we empower elementary students (ages 6-12) 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. It has a beautiful spherical flower with a slender stalk, but the bulb beneath the ground is what it is most known for. Alliums represent our students’ work of seeking truth and origin. Investigation that requires digging beyond the surface. 

At Allium, joyful self-construction will occur alongside a profound commitment to our community and to each other. Students will direct their own interdisciplinary inquiry within a collaborative and reflective environment. As a community, we will aspire to know and be known.

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 your application is submitted, we look forward to meeting you in person to learn more about your child and your interest in Allium Montessori. We look forward to getting to you 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 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. Allium Montessori School 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

“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

Information Session

Sunday, August 18 from 2-4pm
Alexander W. Kemp Playground
@ Cambridge Common
8 Waterhouse St. Cambridge, MA

Can’t make it?
Contact us to schedule a meeting that works for your schedule!

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 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.

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 – 3:30pm

Before Care & After Care

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

After Care: Monday – Friday, 3:30 – 6:00pm