Welcome to Wild Rose Montessori, a Wildflower School in Cambridge, MA. We provide an authentic Montessori education for children ages 2.9-6 (primary) and ages 6-12 (elementary).

Wild Rose 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.

The Montessori Method

“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori

The Montessori Method is based on the research and anthropological observations of children by Dr. Montessori.  We believe, as she did, that  children are naturally good, naturally peaceful and naturally motivated to learn. We strive to prepare beautiful environments in which the children can follow their own inner path to development.

Our approach is child-centered, hands-on, and based on a collaboration between teacher and child, and community and family.

Child learning with number tiles
Child painting
Child with counting beads

Our School

Program Hours

Primary: 8:15 – 3:00
Elementary: 8:00 – 3:00
Extended day: 3:00 – 6:00

COVID-19

Due to Covid-19, we have adapted our schedule to accommodate smaller classes of students in stable groupings.

In order to do this we have adjusted our hours : 

Morning session – 8:30-11:30

Afternoon session – 1:00-4:00 

Primary

8:15-8:30 Arrival
8:30-11:00 Work Cycle
11:00-11:45 Outdoor Time
12:00-12:45 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Afternoon work cycle (nap: for children 3-years-old)
3:00 Dismissal

Elementary 

8:00-8:30 Arrival / Outdoor time
8:30-11:30 Work Cycle
11:30 Morning meeting
12:00-12:45 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Work cycle
2:00 – 2:45 Outdoor time
3:00 Dismissal

Our school year runs from September 7, 2020 through June 10, 2021.

Thanksgiving break November 23, 2021 – November 27, 2020
Winter break December 18, 2020 – January 1, 2021
February break February 15, 2021 – February 19, 2021
Spring break April 12, 2021 – April 23, 2021
Last day of school June 10, 2021

Because of COVID-19 we have made adjustments to our regular schedule and program. We are currently operating remotely. Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about our virtual program components. 

When we return in person, we will open with small cohorts of 10-13 children each attended in person for half-day session, 5 days a week.

Our Teacher Leaders

Katelyn Shore

Founding Wild Rose Teacher Leader

Katelyn is a long time Montessorian, having grown up with Montessori and then returned to the classroom as a teacher in a primary classroom. Katelyn received her B.A. from Wellesley College with a degree in Neuroscience. With her background in brain development, as well as Montessori experience, she was excited to return to Montessori as the educational philosophy aligns education with scientific observation and study. Katelyn holds a primary level Montessori certification from Northeast Montessori Training Institute. With experience in both the classroom and administration, Katelyn Joined the Wildflower project in 2013 to help open the doors for the first Wildflower School. She is excited about the possibilities and development of Wildflower within Cambridge and beyond.

Diane Sullivan

Founding Wild Rose Teacher Leader

Diane has been a Montessori teacher for over twenty years. She holds Association Montessori Internationale diplomas from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta for Primary (3-6 year olds) and the Montessori Institute of San Diego for Elementary (6-12 year olds) and a Masters of Education in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland. Diane is happy to join the Wildflower network of schools to support a shared vision of providing beautiful authentic Montessori environments for children. She leads the elementary 6-12 class at Wild Rose.

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Our application deadline for the 2021-22 school year has passed. You are welcome to submit an application and we will be in touch should there be spaces available. For children 6-years-old or older, please send progress reports from current school to [email protected].

We look forward to getting to know you and your family!

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Wild Rose 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, Wild Rose 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.

Wildflower Schools

Wild Rose 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.