Welcome to Lotus Montessori Academy, a Wildflower School in Quincy, MA. We provide an affordable, trilingual and authentic Montessori education for children ages 2.9-9.

We strive to create an ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically classroom community that represents the demographics of Quincy and its surrounding towns. Our mission is to bring Montessori to families that would not otherwise have the ability to afford it. Along with quality Montessori curriculum, we will offer music, art, and yoga.

Lotus Montessori Academy 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

Hours

8:30-3:00 Primary Classes
8:15-3:00 Elementary Classes

Lotus Montessori Academy offers a full-day program for the children of working parents. Your child may arrive at school anytime between 7:00 a.m. and the start of school. Child care is available after class until we close at 6:00 pm.
Lotus Montessori Academy is a year round program. Our child care program remains open on all weekdays except legal holidays. Please check the school calendar for details and specific dates

Before & After Care

Monday – Friday,  7:00am -8:30am
Monday – Friday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Lotus Montessori Academy has a drop-in rate of $15 an hour.

Lotus Montessori Academy Aftercare Students  have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of classes such as Spanish, gymnastics, sewing, robotics, karate, piano, art, yoga and more.  Classes are taught by Lotus Montessori Academy faculty and instructors from educational vendors. Terms last between 15-18 weeks.  The programs are open to all of our students as well as students from the surrounding community.

Transportation

Routine transportation services are not provided by Lotus Montessori Academy to and from school; however, the school does utilize a full size school bus and an additional mini-bus for off campus excursions. Parents must submit a Transportation/Field Trip Authorization Form for all off campus activities to include: field trips, sports, and clubs.

Lunch & Snacks

In each classroom, parents provide items for morning snacks on a rotating basis. A calendar indicating the days you are responsible for snacks will be sent home monthly and also be included in the bi-weekly newsletter. When the snack items are not designated by the Lead Guide, please be sure that snack items are nutritional and, when possible, involve your child in preparing the snack to be shared with classmates. If your child remains for after school childcare, the school provides the after school snacks. These snacks include fresh or canned fruit, crackers and cheese, tortilla chips and salsa, vegetables and dip, yogurt, and other similar items.
At Lotus Montessori Academy, parents are responsible for their child’s lunches. All children staying for lunch need to bring a lunch each day.

Daily Routine

7:00am –8:30 am: Childcare and arrival. Children engaged in wide variety of activities that include individual play, small group activities, classroom preparation, care and feeding of plants and animals.

8:30 am- 11:15am: Independent work choice time. The children are engaged in a wide variety of activities working individually, in small groups, or the whole group together. The teacher meets with individual or small groups of children throughout the morning. Children also participate in music, language, and snack.

11:15 am: The children put away materials, clean up, and prepare to go outside.

11:30 am: Outdoor play

12:00pm: Primary children are dismissed to their parents from the playground. Extended day children and younger children who remain all day return indoors and prepare for lunch.

12:15 pm: Children begin lunch

12:45 pm: Children begin lunch clean up

1:00 pm: Younger children nap, or engage in quiet Montessori activities in the childcare room. Extended Day children who no longer nap engage in the afternoon work period.

2:45 pm: Extended Day children put away materials and clean up. Napping children wake up from nap.

3:00 pm: Outdoor play and dismissal

4:20 pm: Children in after school childcare program return indoors

4:20pm -6:00pm: Snack, story time creative dramatics and individual work choice

6:00pm: Closing Time

School Events

Please join our Admissions Open House

November 20, 10:30-11:30am

December 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m

info@lotusmontessoriacademy.org

Please visit our school

Home away from home.

Head of School

Connie Pabon-Green
Founding Lotus Montessori Academy Teacher Leader

Ms. Connie has 20+ years of teaching in Massachusetts. She is the mother or four adult children and the grandmother of eight. She has a degree from Simmons College and two Montessori Certifications. Ms. Connie is overjoyed to be able to bring affordable Montessori to the Quincy community and surrounding towns!

Jimmy Quilan aka Mr. J.

Art Teacher/ Classroom Assistant

Diane Baron- Primary Montessori Lead Guide

Rebecca Mele- Primary Montessori Lead Guide

 

Ms. Taelese Semedo

Classroom Assistant Teacher-Spanish Teacher

The dedicated team of faculty is working  together to create the optimal school experience for children, parents and families at Lotus Montessori Academy.

Enroll Now

Attend an Information Session

The application process begins by attending an Information Session where you will learn more about Lotus Montessori Academy and the Wildflower Network.

Complete an Application

Please fill out our online application

A non-refundable application fee payment of $50 must be included. If you qualify for the DHS child care subsidy the fee is $10. This fee will put the child on the list of candidates, but does not obligate the school or candidate in any way. Admissions decisions for  Primary  and Elementary classrooms will be determined in March  and on a rolling basis for all programs after March.

Tuition Information:

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Meet our Teacher Leaders

After filling out an application, you will have an opportunity to sit down one-one-one with our Teacher-Leaders to learn more about our school. We look forward to getting to know you!

Non-discrimination Policy

Lotus Montessori Academy 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, Lotus Montessori Academy 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.

Programs

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN  Primary Program – 2.9  years through 6 years old

Primary community – also known as Children’s House- is the stage where children are fairly independent. The classroom environment includes a large spectrum of manipulative materials for learning practical life skills, refining sensory discrimination, enhancing language skills, learning mathematics, and learning cultural subjects. Children have a different experience every year as the role based on age and knowledge changes. The teacher is a catalyst stimulating new interests in new carefully chosen concepts and materials and allowing children to explore.

Child with counting beads

Kindergarten Community Ages 5-6

The third year, or Montessori kindergarten year, is when all the learning that has taken place in the previous two years reaches fruition and a child’s knowledge begins to fall into place. Your child will be challenged to reach his/her potential by his/her Montessori teacher who knows your child incredibly well and so can provide precisely what is needed next. Children build upon what they have learned, experience rapid academic and social growth and their skill level dramatically increases when they are given the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge within the Montessori classroom. Third year students are ready to explode into more complex learning and discovery and they delve into a wealth of new and interesting materials. They are guided to take on more and more complex work, begin to learn time management skills and have an increased set of expectations and privileges in the classroom. These older children also reinforce their academic skills by helping another child, a well-documented way to consolidate knowledge.  Our kindergarten curriculum is followed in accordance with the guidelines and standards that are set forth by the state and is followed in compliance with the concepts covered through the township. You may choose to enroll your child in the Lotus Montessori Elementary program or in a public first grade. Children who receive a Montessori primary education are more than ready to move on to either learning environment.

Lower Elementary Community Ages 6-9

The Lower Elementary classroom provides an environment in which the child is given the opportunity to explore the rigorous academic curriculum within a framework of respect and support. Individual learning styles are supported through the use of concrete materials, as well as varied teaching methods that most appropriately address the individual’s needs for success. Students are given the opportunity to work individually, in small groups, or with a partner on various assignments. They learn time management through use of individualized weekly work plans. This is accompanied by a growing expectation of responsibility for completion of homework assignments in a timely and thorough manner. Each child is considered a contributing member of the community by fulfilling classroom responsibilities and participating in larger volunteer community projects.

Arts and Enrichment

Art Program

The art program is designed to stretch the imagination and develop the creativity that is within every person. Children in the Primary Programs engage in a wide scope of activities within their classroom setting and with our Art instructor. The activities and materials selected draw from the young child’s interests in color, texture, shapes and the natural drive to express these freely using a rich variety of developmentally inviting materials. Students in the Kindergarten through Lower Elementary levels attend weekly scheduled art classes. Projects in the Art Room are open-ended starting points for students to express their ideas. Projects sometimes relate to studies in other subject areas, including culture, math and science. We provide many opportunities throughout the year for them to share their art pieces with their peers and with the larger community.

Music Program

The idea that every child has musical potential and all children are able to learn and express themselves musically permeates the Montessori method. Music activities are respected at the same level as any other form of learning. Teachers are supportive and encouraging of the child’s musical endeavors. Children learn with music, learn about music, and learn by music. Music is incorporated into the Montessori curriculum in the daily classroom environment as well as through music classes and private lessons. Music classes, taught by a music specialist, take place in multi-aged, group settings while private lessons in piano and other instruments are offered to the children starting in Primary. Time to practice for these lessons is a part of the children’s daily schedule. Ear training is developed beginning in early childhood through sound exploration with Montessori bells.

Technology Program

Instructional technology begins in Primary through the Elementary Level programs. As members of the 21st Century, our children are well aware of the advanced technology that exists all around them. Students use technology as a daily tool for communicating with others. They are active participants in the information gathering process. Our goal at Lotus Montessori Academy is to help our students learn to make wise and responsible choices when obtaining, generating, manipulating and presenting information. All students participate in our STEAM program. Understanding the process of STEAM has been known to improve student success in other curriculum areas of the classroom. Kindergarten level students are introduced to the keyboard, the different parts of the computer and proper use of the mouse. Lower Elementary technology classes build upon these previously acquired basic skills to learn use of different software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Kidpix, Kidspiration, and Inspiration.

Resources

Why Montessori?

Wildflower Schools

Lotus Montessori Academy 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.

                                

                         You can support our school by helping to fulfill our wishlist!

We are often asked by friends, family, supporters and community members what they can do to help our school thrive. We put together these wish lists of items that will enhance our students’ learning experiences. Please take a look at the lists below and help out in any way you can.

 Dr. Maria Montessori

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”