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.

Interested in becoming part of our community?

Admissions Process

Get to Know Allium

Want to learn more about our community? Participate in any or all of these optional events:

Submit an Application

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

Schedule a Classroom Visit

After filling out an application, your child will be invited to attend an Elementary Montessori Moment. There are two options for this student visit:

  • Independent Visit: Your child will explore our classroom, get to know current Allium students, and engage in lessons.
  • Joint Visit: You and your child will tour our school and engage with elementary Montessori materials.

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.

Admissions Timeline

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Applications Due: January 24th
Financial Aid Application Due: January 24th
Families Notified: February 7th
Contracts Due: March 1st

Priority will be given to applications submitted by January 24th. After this date we will welcome applications on a rolling basis.

Our 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

Questions?

Please email us at admin@alliummontessori.org.

School Year and Hours

School Year

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

Hours

School Day
8:30am – 3:00pm Monday-Friday

Extended Day
Before Care: 7:30 – 8:30am Monday-Friday
After Care: 3:00-6:00pm Monday-Friday

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

– Sep Kamvar, Wildflower Founder

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.

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

 We have completed our open houses for the 2020-2021 admission cycle. Our next cycle of open houses will resume in October of 2021. If you would like to learn more about our unique community of engaged learners, reach out to schedule a tour of our school.

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.

Connect

admin@alliummontessori.org

(508) 205-9530

1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

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