Welcome to Ginkgo Montessori, a Wildflower School in Waltham, MA. We provide an authentic Montessori education for children ages 1-6 years.

Ginkgo Montessori is 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.

Location & Hours

Location

We are currently seeking an affordable space to ensure tuition remains affordable.

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Hours

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 3:00pm

Before & After Care

Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 8:00am
Monday – Friday, 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Lunch

At Ginkgo Montessori, parents are responsible for their child’s lunches. All children staying for lunch need to bring a lunch each day.

Daily Routine

8:00-8:15 Drop off at neighborhood playground
9:00-9:15 Return to school
9:15-9:30 Circle Time (songs, stories, conversation)
9:30-11:30 Work Period/Morning Snack
11:30-12:15 Lunch and Clean Up
12:15-12:30 Wind Down Time
12:30-2:30 Nap/Afternoon Work Period
2:45-3:00 Dismissal
3:00-5:30 Extended Day Program

Our Calendar

Ginkgo will be opening late 2019 or early 2020.

February Vacation is February 17-21
April Vacation is April 20-24

School will also close for Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, and several other Staff Professional Development Days.

Our Teacher Leaders

Devanshi Desai
Founding Ginkgo Teacher Leader

Devanshi Desai has a BS in Molecular Biology and M.Ed. in Early Childhood with concentration in Montessori. The thirst for an opportunity of intense lab experience brought Devanshi to United States from India for her undergraduate studies. The journey for better education started for her when she was really young. School and books were always a priority expense by her family. She strongly believes that the principles taught by her parents have carved her path to where she is today – it is not just utilization but also decent access to knowledge that is key to progress of humanity.

Along with working in three Montessori schools in the Boston area, she has explored Montessori schools in her travels to India, Turkey, and Germany. She has volunteered for schools in Entebbe, Kampala, and Gulu in Uganda. She has also led the primary classroom at the Horizons program at Lexington Montessori school. These experiences have shaped her desire to open a school that will bring Montessori to all socio-economic groups, and help other parents make a choice of better education, slightly easier than it was for her own parents.

Devanshi is inspired and lives by the following tenets:

  • Get proximate to children,
  • Commit to protecting hope, and
  • Have the willingness to do things that are uncomfortable or inconvenient.

Rosie Allen
Founding Ginkgo Teacher Leader

Rosie Allen has been an educator for 10 years, working with students from toddler to high school age. She has worked in a Montessori environment for most of that time and completed her Montessori credential for PreK and Kindergarten in 2015. She also brings a background in publishing and nonprofit work to Ginkgo.

Waltham is now home for Rosie, though her background is farther flung. Rosie grew up in Nebraska and Wyoming, studied abroad in Spain, and volunteered at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She loves learning new languages and speaks Spanish as much as she can in and out of the classroom.

Outside of school, Rosie enjoys spending time with her toddler daughter and husband, hiking, reading, and sewing.

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Ask Questions!

Get to know Devanshi and Rosie over email at info@ginkgomontessori.org

Complete an Application

Please fill out our online application.

Meet our Teacher Leaders

After you submit your application, we will talk in person about Ginkgo Montessori and get to know you and your child!

Non-discrimination Policy

Ginkgo  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, Ginkgo 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

What's new in Montessori research?

Click here to read Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest’s article, “Evaluating Montessori Education.”

Search for affordable space continues

Ginkgo Montessori is committed to making high quality Montessori education an option for all families.  In order to realize that vision we need to find an affordable space for our program.

We continue to look for existing buildings and we are exploring the feasibility of a creative solution.

Resources

What is Montessori?

Building the Pink Tower

My Day

Why Wildflower?

Learn more about the Wildflower network from its founder, Sep Kamvar.

Wildflower Schools

Ginkgo 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.