Welcome to Jun Zi Lan (君子兰)Montessori School. We provide a year-round, authentic Montessori education using a Chinese/ English immersion model for children between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 6 years. There are two lead teachers in the classroom. One teacher is a native Chinese speaker, and the other teacher is a native English speaker. Montessori tells us that children readily absorb the world in which they live.  In our environment, children will have the opportunity to grow and learn in both languages.

Jun Zi Lan is a plant that flowers every three years, paralleling the three-year cycle of an authentic Montessori education. It takes time and patience to wait for a Jun Zi Lan to bloom, but the blossom is dramatic and sturdy. Those described as being a Jun Zi are people who are courageous, courteous, honorable and noble yet humble. We are inspired to develop these cherished characteristics of Jun Zi in our students.

Jun Zi Lan Montessori School is a community dedicated to developing respectful, self-motivated, life-long learners. Through a challenging, individualized curriculum, children are guided and encouraged to achieve their full, unique potential and to become active, successful participants in the global community.

Jun Zi Lan implements a fully integrated dual- language education.  For all students, during their most formative years, Jun Zi Lan introduces a deep understanding and appreciation of Chinese philosophy and culture as a complement to American philosophy and culture.  For American born Chinese children, Jun Zi Lan is a tool kit to help strengthen their cultural roots. For non-Chinese children, Jun Zi Lan affords a unique and powerful international exposure.  All students acquire a foundation for seamless bilingualism and genuine biculturalism.

We aim to form a strong partnership with parents to create a trusting and loving learning environment that blurs the boundary between home and school. Parents are welcomed into the classroom on several formal occasions during the year and always at other times when requested.

Schedule

Full Day

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3:00pm.

Before & After Care

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

Daily Routine

7:30 am: School opens.

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Before School Program (optional). During this time the children will be able to use a variety of materials independently.  Sometimes children bring their breakfast to school and begin their day with us by enjoying their meal with friends.

8:30 am – 8:45 am: Arrival. Due to traffic patterns in our area, drop off is done using a car line.  Details are part of your enrollment packet.

9:00 am – 11:30am: Independent work cycle. Teachers give individualized lessons throughout these work sessions. Children are free to choose any activity they wish, use as long as they want, return it to the shelf, and make another choice.

11:30 am – 12:00 noon: Group lesson.  The Lesson will be given in Chinese and then repeated in English.

12:00 noon – 12: 45pm:  Lunch. The children will wash their hands and sit down to enjoy their lunch with their friends and teachers. We encourage you to prepare a well-balanced lunch box, including protein, grain, fruit and vegetables, dairy, and a healthful drink.

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm: Playground.

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Rest and children’s literature time.

2:45 pm – 3:00: Clean up and dismissal.

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Free choice and enrichment program.

5:30 pm: School closes.

Our Teacher Leaders

Dr. Sandra Lee

Founding Jun Zi Lan Teacher Leader

A mother, an educator, a mentor, and a good friend.

Dr. Sandra Lee holds a diploma in Spanish, a BA in Chinese from Shuchow University in Taiwan, and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University, and an AMS certified primary Montessorian.

She has eighteen years’ experience as a lead teacher at Harborlight Montessori School in Massachusetts, USA. In addition to teaching in the classroom, she also served as Director of the World Language Department, where she coordinated the Spanish and Chinese programs for all students ranging from toddlers through middle schoolers (from 2000 to 2018).
Sandra is a teacher trainer at the Montessori Institute-New England (MI-NE) and the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center (NEMTEC) in Massachusetts, USA. She is also an international teacher/parenting educator in Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Singapore and Mainland China.

She is a devoted mother of two children, both of whom received a Montessori education, and are now attending college as of 2019.

Jing Su

Founding Jun Zi Lan Teacher Leader

A mother, an educator, a community builder, and a good friend.

Jing Su has over a decade of experience as an energy strategy consultant and a company executive. Deeply rooted in both US and Chinese culture, Jing has been a strong advocate and practitioner for US-China collaboration.

She received her master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. She is an American Montessori Society (AMS) certified Montessorian, trained at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center.

She has a 5-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son as of 2019. Her husband is a practicing physician in the Boston area who is also a firm believer in Montessori pedagogy. Our family’s motto is “Think positively and positive things will happen.”.

Enroll Now

After you fill out your application we will meet in person to learn more about your child and your interest in Jun Zi Lan Montessori School. A second meeting with your child might also be desired. After this meeting, you are invited to continue with the enrollment process online.

Non-discrimination Policy

Jun Zi Lan 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, Jun Zi Lan 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.

Giving

We believe educational opportunities should be available to families in our community regardless of financial means. We are asking for your help to create a Jun Zi Lan for All fund specifically for the purpose of tuition assistance.

Thank you in advance for supporting our Jun Zi Lan For All tuition assistance fund!

Donate

Jun Zi Lan Montessori is a 501(c)3 nonprofit school so all donations are tax deductible.

Resources

Learn about the Wildflower network from its founder, Sep Kamvar

Montessori from a father’s point of view

Wildflower Schools

Jun Zi Lan 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.