Welcome to Hyacinth Montessori

Hyacinth Montessori is a child-centered and equity-focused Montessori elementary school serving children ages 6-12.

The Montessori method is a time-tested educational approach predicated on respect for children and hands-on learning. It is interdisciplinary and personalized, creating an individualized pathway for each child.

A Montessori classroom environment invites curiosity and discovery. It is filled with light, natural materials, carefully designed and beautiful learning tools, and the busy work of children.

At Hyacinth, we build upon the long legacy of educators who envision Montessori as a liberatory pedagogy. We live into this philosophy by creating a school accessible to families from all socioeconomic backgrounds, in which children are supported, challenged, and affirmed.

We are located in West Philadelphia.

We are accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.

Please contact us for more information about our school.

Our Teacher Leaders

Madeleine Nutting

Founding Hyacinth Montessori Teacher Leader

Madeleine Nutting has been teaching in Montessori schools since 2014. Madeleine has an AMI Elementary certification from Montessori Northwest and has also received training in Montessori for Ageing and Dementia from AMI, as a childbirth doula with DONA, and early childhood development. Madeleine is from Washington DC, but she went to high school in Amman, Jordan. Madeleine is passionate about Montessori, and she likes to garden, practice Arabic calligraphy, and hang out with her two cats, Raisinette and Zaya.

Carmen Montopoli

Founding Hyacinth Montessori Teacher Leader

Carmen started her teaching career in traditional public schools, teaching fourth and eighth grades. After years of working to create a more flexible and responsive space to support her students, she discovered Montessori. She received her AMI Elementary diploma from Montessori Northwest, and currently works as a lower elementary guide. When she is not with students, she is spending time with her own young child, writing, or diving into learning something new.

School Details

Full Day


Extended Day Program

Extended Day: 3:00-5:30 pm


8:00-8:30 Arrival
8:30-11:30 Morning work period
11:30-12:15 Outdoor Time
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Afternoon work period
3:00 – 3:30 Dismissal & pickup
3:00 – 5:30 Extended day

The 2022-2023 calendar is under development and will largely align with the School District of Philadelphia annual calendar.

Hyacinth Montessori is located at 5050 Baltimore Avenue. We are accessible via the 34 trolley and the 64 bus.

Apply Now

Complete an Application

Please fill out our online application.

Meet Madeleine & Carmen

When you’ve completed your application, you’ll receive an invitation to sign up for a virtual one-on-one. You’ll have the chance to ask questions, tell us your vision for your child’s education, and learn more about how Montessori is a fit for your family.

Family Individualized Tuition

We are committed to ensuring that Hyacinth is accessible to families at all income levels. To this end, we offer tuition at a customized rate that makes each family’s contributions equitable. During the enrollment process, you will receive more information tailored to your family’s situation. You are welcome to look at the Tuition Contribution Worksheet we use with families in order to get a sense of your contribution here.

Non-discrimination Policy

Hyacinth 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, Hyacinth 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

Information Sessions

We do not currently have any upcoming information sessions. Please reach out to schedule an individual time to talk!

Open Houses

You’re welcome to visit Hyacinth each Wednesday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm without an appointment. If you’d like to schedule another time to see the space, please contact us and we’ll find a time!

Parent/Family Nights

Watch this space!

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Tending the Light, by John Snyder
This short book of essays by a long-term Montessori principal delves into Montessori elementary theory and practice. We often return to his “The Bridge of Trust” as we reflect on who we are as guides and what kind of space we are preparing for children.

Beyond Behaviors by Mona Delahook
This practical, thoughtful, and thorough book provides a framework for observing children’s behavior, looking past immediate behaviors and toward developing strong, secure, and resilient relationships.

The Sea-Ringed World by María García Esperón (trans. David Bowles)
A collection of stories from nations and cultures across North and South America—the Sea-Ringed World, as the Aztecs called it—this beautifully written and translated anthology opens a window into a variety of cultural worldviews.

Wildflower Schools

Hyacinth 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.