Welcome to Wisteria Montessori School, a Wildflower School in Haverhill, MA.

Wisteria Montessori is a multi-lingual Montessori preschool that is part of the Wildflower Network of micro-schools promoting child, family, and community-centered learning.

Wisteria Montessori partners with families to provide children from all backgrounds access to high-quality Montessori education fostering independence, love of learning, care of the environment, respect for nature and pride in community.

A tenet of our Wildflower Montessori values is Peace Education. Peace Education is the process of developing the attitudes, skills, and behaviors to live in harmony with oneself, with others, and with the natural environment.

Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

Location & Hours

Location

Wisteria Montessori School
76 Merrimack St., Suite 4
Haverhill, MA 01830

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Program Hours

Half Day Program (3.5hrs):
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 12:00pm

Full Day Program (6hrs):
          Monday -Friday, 8:30am – 2:30pm

Extended Day Program

Extended Day Plan A (8hrs):
        Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 3:30pm

Extended Day Plan B (8hrs):
        Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Extended Day Plan C (10hrs):
        Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm

Extended Day Plan D (10hrs):[n/a currently]
        Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Transportation

Children are dropped off and picked up by parents and caregivers.

*There is ample parking at the municipal parking lot across from our building.

Lunch & Snacks

Parents should provide their children with a packed lunch every day (unless the child is in the Half-Day Program.) The school will serve healthy snack twice a day. Parents will share the duty of purchasing snacks once every few months.

Daily Routine

7:30-8:30 am Before Care (available in Sep 2022)
8:30-8:35 am Arrival
8:30-11:30 am Work Period
9:00-11:00 am Independent Snack
11:30-11:45 am Circle/gathering time
11:45-12:00 pm Preparation for lunch/Half Day pickup
11:55-12:05 pm Half Day pickup
12:00-12:30 pm Group Lunch
12:30 -12:45 pm Cleanup & preparation to go outside
12:45-1:30 pm Outdoor time
1:30-2:30 pm Nap time
2:30 pm: Full Day Pickup
4:00pm: Afternoon snack
2:30 – 5:30 pm: Extended Day (available in Sep 2022)

Our School's Calendar

Wisteria Montessori is a full year program.
Please add our Google Calendar to your phone or download our 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 Calendars.

School Breaks

Spring Break One week in April
Summer Break One week in June/July
One week in August
Winter Break Late December through New Year’s Day

Bi-monthly Professional Development and Planning Days for Teachers (No school for children) 

Additional holidays

Our school observes these holidays throughout the year:  New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day & Thanksgiving Recess.

Find our full calendar with school related dates and additional information via the link below.

Wisteria Montessori School 2022-23 PDF Calendar
Wisteria Montessori School 2021-22 PDF Calendar

Our Teacher Leaders

Lixue Tu
Founding Wisteria Teacher Leader
Chinese Language

Lixue Tu (Tutu), is a native Mandarin speaker and an enthusiastic bilingual educator. She holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from China and an MA degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the United States. Tutu taught Academic English to pre-college and college level students for years in the United States and was an academic advisor for international students. Experience with adult learners made her believe that true love of learning is shaped at a much younger age. She discovered that Montessori schools help children discover their own intrinsic interest in learning and develop lifelong learning skills. Tutu is also a mother of two girls, who are the motivation for her to become a Montessori guide and to open her own Montessori preschool. Her goal is to help raise independent, self-disciplined, respectful and socially conscious learners. Tutu enjoys learning about different cultures and languages, and she is a big fan of foods from around the world. She loves living in New England and doing winter sports, as well as camping with her family in the summer. Tutu’s dream is to travel around the world and visit her students in different countries.

Hailey Moschella
Wisteria Teacher Leader
English Language

Hailey Moschella was first introduced to Montessori education when her son began preschool. She fell in love with the philosophy; the way in which the child is respected, their independence and individuality encouraged, the environment truly belonging to the child, and the integration of peace education in the classroom. Hailey went on to complete her Montessori training from the Montessori Institute of New England and is passionate about the Wildflower Schools. In addition to serving as a guide for the children in the classroom, Hailey works in the community coordinating events such as Haverhill Art Walk and writes a food column for the local paper. She lives in Haverhill with her husband, two children and dog River. In her free time, Hailey enjoys walking in the woods and going to the beach.

Enroll Now

Attend an information session

We are enrolling now for the summer and the fall. Please either attend one of our information sessions or schedule a school tour before applying to the school.

The application process begins with attending an Information Session where you will learn about Wisteria Montessori and the Wildflower Network.

To visit the school, meet the teachers or to observe a class, please make an appointment here.

Tuition for School Year 2022-2023

Half Day (3.5 hrs)
Full Day (6 hrs)
Extended Day (8 hrs)
Extended Day (10 hrs)

Regular Tuition

$11,085/Year ($924/Month)
$14,381/Year ($1198/Month)
$15,940/Year ($1328/Month)
$17,055/Year ($1421/Month)

Reduced Tuition with Scholarship

$9,754/Year ($813/Month)
$12,655/Year ($1055/Month)
$14,027/Year ($1169/Month)
$15,008/Year ($1251/Month)

State Voucher and Sibling Discount

Due to COVID 19 pandemic, we will add a partial week schedule to help families transition to their normal life. This schedule allows attending school 3 extended days a week from 8:30am to 4:30pm (8 hrs). The cost is $1087/month ($956/month at a reduced rate). Please contact us for more information.

Meet our Teacher Leaders

Please contact us if you have any questions, or schedule a school tour to meet the teachers.

Complete an Application Online

once you had your school tour, please fill out the Online Application if you are interested in joining our school.

Non-discrimination Policy

Wisteria 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, Wisteria Montessori 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.

News & Events

New Partial Week Schedule

A new partial week schedule has been implemented since we reopened our door on August 3, 2020 to help families transition back into their normal life. This schedule offers 3 Extended Days weekly. Please check our tuition rates for more details.

We are planning to evaluate this schedule in December to determine if we will continue offering it next year.

To reserve a spot, please directly email us at [email protected]

Kid-Tracking Sensors May Not Be the Wildest Thing About This Montessori Model

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On a tree-lined avenue, between shops, cafes and row houses about a half mile from Harvard University, sits a uniquely high-tech school in a narrow storefront. Kids don’t spend time in front of screens, though. In fact, they never even see them. Instead, the tech is embedded into the environment almost invisibly. Cameras record students, who range in age from two to six, as they move around the room, and sensors in their matching green slippers track their exact location and the objects they touch.

This is the flagship location of Wildflower, a 21-school Montessori network that spans multiple states, including a handful in Puerto Rico. But as compelling as the technology is, it might not be the strangest thing about Wildflower. A close contender might be its flexible operations model, which fully embraces what education reform advocates call “school choice,” and blurs the lines between public, private and charter schools.

Founded in 2014, Wildflower was borne out of an idea from Sep Kamvar, a professor at MIT’s Media Lab, who was looking for a school for his son as a new resident of Cambridge. Not finding anything he liked, he enlisted a handful of veteran Montessorians who, together, created the outline for the micro-school, which has locations serving kids as young as three-months old through to grade 12. Along the way they picked up a clutch of supporters, including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the Walton Family Foundation and various venture capital firms, which have given more than $10 million in grants (CZI also provides grant support to EdSurge).

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Resources

Raising Multilingual Montessori Kids

For many countries where majority speaks English, teaching children to speak other languages from very early age is a foreign concept, where in many other parts of the world, for millions of people speaking their native languages at home and learning at school in English or French, for example, is a norm. Now this world is becoming one big village with nationalities, races, cultures interwined.

Read more here.

Living Montessori: The Parent Perspective

The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.

It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.

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Wildflower Schools

Wisteria 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.