Welcome-Bienvenido a Lotus Montessori Academy, a Wildflower School in Quincy, MA.

Lotus Montessori Academy is a small nonprofit independent school located in Quincy, MA.  Lotus Montessori Academy is an educational institution offering a school program for children ranging from 2.9 years  to 9 years of age in an atmosphere dedicated to fostering love, care and mutual respect for one another while stimulating excellence in academic, artistic and aesthetic pursuits. We work with our neighboring communities to practice Montessori principles in the classroom and in the world. Through collective accountability, mutual trust, and understanding, we hope to create an environment for our children, families, and teachers to continually develop and express our fullest potentials.

Lotus Montessori Academy is now enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year- In-Person School and Distance Learning!  Follow the link below to apply!

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What sets Lotus Montessori Academy apart?

Violin lessons

As part of the Lotus Montessori Academy community, your child will have access to violin lessons during the school day. 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.

Low teacher to child ratios

With a full-time teacher for every 7 students, Lotus Montessori Academy has a teacher-student ratio well below other schools and day cares. In many schools across the country, class sizes are growing. There are more and more students in every classroom, but the number of teachers remains the same. This makes it easier for some students to fall through the cracks and not get the individualized attention they need to succeed academically. When there is a lower student-to-teacher ratio, students will receive more attention from their teachers. Teachers themselves have more manageable workloads as they have fewer students to keep track of, which in turn translates into them having more time to spend one-on-one with students. More time can be spent on instruction rather than managing a classroom or discipline.

Affordability

Lotus Montessori Academy is affordable for families from all socioeconomic backgrounds. In New York City, staff at the handful of child care centers that have successfully brought together children of different economic backgrounds say difference among families is modest — and even when the overall socioeconomic status of the class might be low-income — parents of different backgrounds learn from each other and staff benefit from having a range of families, from those who might need support beyond child care to others with resources to offer.

An Anti-Biased, Antiracist School and Community

Lotus Montessori Academy recognizes that racism and privilege are present in our culture and our school. We recognize the need to 1) become aware of the manifestations of racism and privilege in our own lives, in the systems we create and support, and in our culture, 2) work as a team to dismantle and reorganize the systems that support racism and privilege, 3) actively support each other and our families to acknowledge, honor, and appreciate differences, and 4) incorporate anti-biased education at every level of our school.

Our Teachers-Las Maestras

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!

Fatema Vaiswala

Lotus Montessori Academy Teacher Leader

Ms. Fatema was born and raised in India, and attained her Bachelor of Arts and Master's in Commerce at the University of Mumbai. She spent the following five years pursuing her love of business in India and in California. After moving to the United States, Fatema discovered Montessori education. She began her career as a Montessori guide in 2014 and loves the philosophy. She enjoys spending her free time painting or drawing, and coddling her one year old son.

School Details

Full Day

Primary 8:00-3:00
Elementary 8:00-3:00

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.

Extended Day Program

Before-Care
Monday – Friday, 7:00am -8:00am

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

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.

Primary (3-6 year old children)

 

7:00 –8:30am 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 – 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
12:00 am 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 – 12:45 pm  Lunch and 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
4:20 -6:00 pm Snack, story time creative dramatics and individual work choice
6:00 pm Closing Time

Our school year runs from September 3, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Winter Break December 14, 2020-January 1, 2021
February Break February 15, 2021-February 19, 2021 ( childcare provided)
Spring Break April 19, 2021-April 23, 2021.     (childcare provided)

Additional days off include:

Indigenous Peoples’ Day October 12
Veterans Day November 11
Thanksgiving November 25-27
Martin Luther King Day January 18
Memorial Day May 31

Lotus Montessori Academy is a year round program. Our child care program remains open on all weekdays except legal holidays. Tuition remains the same for children already enrolled in our school  and there are no extra fees for our Summer Program. Please check the school calendar for details and specific dates here.

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.

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.

En cada aula, los padres proporcionan artículos para los refrigerios de la mañana de forma rotatoria. Un calendario que indica los días que usted es responsable de los refrigerios será enviado a casa mensualmente y también se incluirá en el boletín quincenal. Cuando los refrigerios no sean designados por la Guía de plomo, asegúrese de que los refrigerios sean nutricionales y, cuando sea posible, involucre a su hijo en la preparación de la merienda para compartirlo con sus compañeros de clase. Si su hijo permanece para el cuidado de niños después de la escuela, la escuela proporciona los refrigerios después de la escuela. Estos refrigerios incluyen frutas frescas o enlatadas, galletas y queso, chips de tortilla y salsa, verduras y salsa, yogur y otros artículos similares.

En Lotus Montessori Academy, los padres son responsables de los almuerzos de sus hijos. Todos los niños que se alojen para el almuerzo deben traer un almuerzo todos los días.

Our Programs

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Preschool & Kindergarten

Ages 2.9 – 6

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.

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, Music and Technology

Enrollment-Inscripción

Enrolling Now-Inscriba Ahora

Lotus Montessori Academy is now enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, as well as for our Distance Learning Programs.  Lotus at a Distance

Schedule a Virtual Tour and Admissions Meeting

Due to social distancing recommendations, We are not offering school tours at this time.  Schedule a virtual meeting with one of our teacher leaders. During this one-on-one meeting, you’ll be able to view our classrooms, converse about your child, and learn about Montessori education and enrollment possibilities. Knowing that family schedules can be tricky these days, we are happy to tailor the timing and content of your virtual tour to your needs.

Review our Tuition Information

The first thing we want is to teach your child. The last thing we want is to make a parent’s life more complicated. To this end, Lotus Montessori Academy will include all service for one simple, all-inclusive monthly tuition. Many activities that are “extras” at other schools are included in this fee. Whatever happens during the school day, whether art, dance, music, dual-language instruction or whatever, will be available to all students at no extra cost.

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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. You can apply year-round and receive a decision in a short time frame.

Meet our Teacher Leaders-Reune con la maestra

After your child’s application has been received, we will set up a virtual visit with your child and your family. We use this opportunity to engage with your child in their home environment, so that we can begin to understand their personality and what sparks curiosity. After the virtual visit, we will arrange a time to meet with you to talk more in depth about our programs and answer any lingering questions that you may have.

Póngase en contacto con nosotros para concertar una cita de inscripción con una de las maestras.

Secure your child's enrollment

If enrollment is offered for your child, return your signed enrollment contract and tuition deposit within two weeks of receipt of your acceptance letter. Upon receipt of your tuition deposit, we will hold a place for your child in our program.

Join the Community

Meet other new parents through a virtual meet & greet!

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.

Resources

Videos

Learn about starting a new Montessori classroom.

Infinity Children’s School – Hong Kong Montessori School

Collaborative learning in Montessori

Consider a charitable gift to Lotus Montessori Academy 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.

Adena Montessori Wishlist

Montessori Service Wishlist

Donate

Lotus Montessori Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit school so all donations are tax deductible.

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.