A Welcoming and diverse community created to educate children and support families in an atmosphere of discovery, empathy, respect and academic excellence

Our People

Ed Stanford

Guide Leader

Association Montessori Internationale Primary Diploma (3-6)
B.A. Studio Art and Secondary Education, Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA)
M.Ed Montessori Education, Loyola University (Baltimore, MD)

Ed has been an early education professional for more than 20 years. After 13 years living overseas and working with children in Montessori environments, he returned to the States to found Sage Montessori and further his goal of providing Montessori education for all families in an intentionally diverse school community.

Mickey Maki

Clerk

Britni Haynie Broussard

Board Member & Wildflower Affiliate Representative

Greg Sammis

Board Member

Ed Stanford

Ex Officio Board Member

School Details

Core Program 9am – 3pm

Extended Program 7:30am – 5:30pm  Children may attend up to 10 hours each day

We understand the importance of routine and consistency for young children and therefore we expect all children will attend 5 days a week.  The community of children is strengthened and truly blossoms when children are able to interact with the same friends everyday. 

Daily Routine

start and end times may be modified to accommodate parent needs and staffing constraints

7:30-9:00 Arrival – Activities

Children enrolled in the Extended Program may arrive anytime and begin choosing activities.

9:00-12:00 Activities – Breakfast

Children enrolled in the Core program arrive and breakfast is available.  Children choose activities throughout this time and the adults work with children individually or in small groups.

12:00 -1:00 Lunch

Children enjoy nutritious meals served family style.

1:00-3:00 Activities – Rest time

Children are encouraged to rest quietly or nap in a quiet area after lunch.  Children who do not rest or are finished resting choose activities throughout this time and adults may work with children individually or in small groups. Children enrolled in the Core program depart at 3:00.

3:00-5:30 Activities — Snack — Departure

An afternoon snack is available.  Children continue to choose activities throughout this time and the adults work with children individually or in small groups. Children enrolled in the Extended program may be picked up at any point during this block of time.

The Sage Montessori calendar is currently being revised.  Thank you for your patience.

We know the importance of routine and consistency for young children and we will expect all children to be present between 9 am and 3 pm so that we can properly form a strong, compassionate community of children.

Children enrolled in the Core Program will arrive 8:45 – 9:00 am; and will depart 3:00 – 3:15 pm.

However, we also understand that each family has unique needs and that flexibility is important. 

Children enrolled in the Extended Program may arrive any time 7:30 – 9:00 am; and may depart any time 3:00 – 5:30 pm.  

We believe that meals and snacks are valuable learning opportunities for children to practice skills (using different utensils), develop grace and courtesy (asking for food to be passed, passing food), to discuss the nutritional components of foods, and to learn about the cultural origin of meals.

So that we may better orchestrate these learning experiences, Sage Montessori is committed to providing  a healthy breakfast, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack for all children. 

We will involve the children as much as possible in the preparation of meals and snacks; this involvement will vary based on recommendations from the medical community during the pandemic.  This may initially be as simple as children peeling their own individual oranges and bananas at snack and over time may become as involved as cooking lunch with the support of an adult.

Please contact us to ask questions and learn more.

Our goal at Sage Montessori is a learning environment that reflects the broad and richly diverse community in which our children live. 

We recognize that each family is doing everything possible to make a meaningful contribution towards their children’s education and we have developed an innovative tuition policy that provides opportunities for all families to enroll in our program.

How Most Schools Manage Tuition

Schools typically divide the operating costs of the program by the number of enrolled children to determine the base tuition. Families with greater financial means may easily pay the base tuition and consider it a bargain, while families with fewer financial resources struggle to afford the base tuition.  Many schools offer “financial aid” or “tuition assistance” to help families pay a base tuition that is calculated on the needs of the program and not the circumstances of the families.

Example enrollment and tuition

Conventional Tuition Model Pie Chart

How Sage Montessori Manages Tuition

Our goal is to serve families who want the best for their children and recognize the quality of a Montessori education, regardless of the family’s financial means.  We ask all families to make contributions that align with their financial means.

Sage Montessori does not have one base tuition rate –  instead we have five different tuition rates.  The tuition rate for each family is calculated from that family’s annual income with the intended result that families pay a similar percentage of their annual income to share the collective cost of the program as a whole.  

Example enrollment and tuition assessments

Flexible Tuition Model Pie Chart

Our five tuition rates are approximated below.

A B C D E *
Core Program

(9am-3pm)

Daily Rate $70 $60 $50 $40 $38.83
Monthly Rate $1540 $1320 $1100 $880 $855
Extended Program

(7:30am-5:30pm)

Daily Rate +$8 +$7 +$6 +$5 +$0
Monthly Rate +$176 +$154 +$132 +$110 +$0
Total Monthly Rate $1716 $1474 $1232 $990 $855

*Sage Montessori accepts childcare vouchers from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  A requirement of accepting vouchers is that our lowest tuition rate may not be less than the current voucher rate.  Please confirm the current rate for region 5 on the EEC website – the tuition rate will be the same as the EEC rate regardless of the tuition listed here.

How does the Sage Montessori Tuition program work?

Step 1: As part of the application process, each family estimates income using the Family Financial Statement.  The estimate identifies a tuition starting point that may be adjusted later in the process to suit each family’s circumstances.  Families who elect not to provide financial information will pay the maximum tuition on our sliding scale.

Step 2: After an application has been processed and a child is offered enrollment at Sage Montessori school, families submit copies of their most recent tax returns or pay stubs to confirm the estimates provided in the Family Financial Statement.  Families are invited to provide any additional information about their specific circumstances that may help determine an appropriate tuition.

Sage Montessori may request specific documentation or evidence related to these specific circumstances.

Step 3: On a case-by-case basis, the Sage Board of Trustees further refines the tuition expectation for the family based on all available data.

Step 4: The school informs the family of the final tuition rate and the family accepts or declines the offer of enrollment.

How is tuition handled in situations where parents are separated, divorced, remarried or cohabitants?

We ask that all parents who will be contributing to a child’s education please submit a Family Financial Statement as part of the application process.  Special circumstances and/or legal agreements may be submitted for special consideration.

Who has access to my financial information?

The school is committed to protecting the privacy of families. All financial information received by the school is held in the strictest confidence and only the Sage Montessori Board of Trustees has access to a family’s application materials.

Is the tuition set for my child’s entire time at Sage Montessori?

We ask families to resubmit financial information each year so that tuition levels can be adjusted as needed based on changing circumstances.  Families who elect not to provide financial information will be expected to pay the maximum tuition on our sliding scale.

Who handles questions regarding Flexible Tuition?

Questions about Flexible Tuition should be addressed to Ed Stanford, Guide Leader and President of the Board of Trustees

Learn more about Montessori Education

Listening to names of different educational methods (Inquiry-based Learning, Play based learning, Nature School, Project-based learning, Charter School, Classical Education, Parochial School, etc…) can sound like different types of automobiles (Sedan, SVU, V6 vs V12, automatic or manual, diesel or gas, etc…).

I may not really understand the specific differences between a V6 and v12 engine, and I haven’t driven a manual in years, but I have a basic idea of what to expect.  I fill the tank with gas, some cars are faster and some are more fuel efficient, older cars burn oil, it will get me from point A to B.

I may not really understand the exact differences between a Classical education and Play based learning but I have a basic idea of what to expect.  There will be a teacher who manages a group of children who are close to the same age through thematic units or other teacher managed curriculum schedule.

Montessori education is like a pure Electric Vehicle.  It still gets us from Point A to B (children learn) but it is built on very different principles and works in unexpected and exciting ways.  If you approach an electric car expecting the same things you find in an internal combustion car it may be confusing; where are the spark plugs?  why is there no transmission?  what happened to the exhaust system?  where do I put the fuel?  When you approach a Montessori learning environment expect that things will be different and unexpected.

We can’t possibly explain all the unique characteristics of Montessori education on a web page, but we can tell you that we get to know individual children so that we can help them connect to a rich and varied curriculum of independent activities.  We can tell you that the Montessori method is a breath of fresh air and we invite you to watch the videos and read the articles provided here learn more.  Please contact us to ask questions and schedule a tour of the school.

Dr. Silvia Dubovoy, Ph.D., on the personality of the child.

Observe three primary children as they journey through their morning.

Dr Steve Hughes: Montessori and the Future of Education (3:30)

Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler

The best-selling parent education book on the Montessori method, Montessori Madness! is widely used by schools, teacher training centers, and parents as an accessible introduction to Montessori. This book traces the journey of our family as we wrestle with questions of how best to educate our children. It explores why we eventually chose Montessori school and what we have since discovered.

Also available now in e-book format: iBook, Nook, and Kindle!

The Secret of Childhood by Dr. Maria Montessori

The book The Secret of Childhood is divided in three sections, dealing in turn with early childhood development, the author’s educational method, and the relation of the child to society. Also available online free from Archive.org

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius by Angeline Lillard Ph.D

Current scientific research provides astounding support for her major insights. Lillard presents the research concerning eight insights that are foundational to Montessori education and describes how each of these insights is applied in the Montessori classroom. In reading this book, parents and teachers alike will develop a clear understanding of what happens in a Montessori classroom and, more important, why it happens and why it works.  Chapter One: Free Download (PDF)

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STEP 1: A Conversation

After reading our website and learning about Sage Montessori and the Wildflower Network, schedule a conversation with the Montessori Guides so you can meet the educators, ask questions, and tell us about your child and family.

Please use this Online Form to schedule a conversation.

STEP 2: Online Application

Following your conversation with the Montessori Guides we invite you to complete an online application.

STEP 3: Interview

After receiving your application the staff will contact you to schedule a discussion around upcoming openings at the school,  tuition, and possible start dates.  We will invite you to complete the Family Financial Statement.

Non-discrimination Policy

Sage 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, gender identification, or status with regard to public assistance. Furthermore, Sage 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.

Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Statement

Sage Montessori School acknowledges that every person at any moment can experience privilege and oppression.  As educators, it is our responsibility to tackle these issues through reflections of ourselves and the treatment of children, families, and staff in our environment.  We take an informed, dynamic approach to education that works to identify and respond to discriminatory policies and practices in education.

Our school community is founded upon Dr. Montessori’s philosophy that education is the catalyst to peace.  It is our role as members of this community to mindfully model and guide children to their roles in creating social justice and equity, providing educational experiences in which all students reach their full potential as learners.   By providing guidance on equity, we hope to encourage socially aware and responsible beings in their communities: locally, nationally, and globally.

In affecting social change, Sage Montessori will work with children in a safe and supportive environment where they can communicate and investigate their individual interests and passions together in their community.  Our staff will also engage in investigations of our own identity through anti-bias, anti-racist training each year and continuous reflection.    Recognizing that our experiences affect others, we will provide opportunities for children and families to explore and celebrate each other’s differences and similarities, to build honor and respect for Humanity’s differences, recognize bias, and to begin to learn how and why to speak up for what is right.

Montessori education, while providing many academic opportunities also specifically teaches how to exist in a rich and varied social group that addresses race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical & learning abilities, and economic class; purposefully encouraging and empowering children to take an active, problem-solving approach to explore and create strategies for improving social conditions of their communities.  We know that this work is never done and it will continue with each passing school year, but it needs to be done as a community of people lifting one another up in hopes of new intellectual, emotional, and social development.   At Sage Montessori we are lifelong learners.

Contact Us

Address: 26 Chestnut St, Hyannis, MA 02601

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Wildflower Schools

Sage 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.