Join us for the 2019-2020 school year!

Acorn  is now enrolling for our preschool class of 2019-2020!

Fill out a preschool application here. La aplicación preescolar esta aquí.

Call to schedule an observation to see our community in action.

Open enrollment period for our Kindergarten class of 2019-2020 is now closed.

Thank you for your interest!

Welcome to Acorn Montessori, a Spanish and English Immersion Environment in the Twin Cities.

Acorn Montessori collaborates with families to offer an authentic Montessori environment serving children from three to six years. We support language acquisition and cultural competency development for children in our school within a nurturing and multicultural environment.

Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

Our Location & Hours


Sabathani Community Center
Acorn Montessori 
310 East 38th Street, Suites 133-135
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Contact Us


Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3:30pm.
We do not offer a half-day or part-time enrollment.

Before & After Care

Acorn Montessori provides a fee-based aftercare program from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. For more information, please contact the school.


Transportation is not available for preschool students.

Acorn is located near bus lines 11 and 23

Lunch & Snacks

Healthy snacks are provided for all children. We can accommodate most dietary needs. Lunch can be purchased or brought from home. Students that qualify for free and reduced lunch have the fee waived.

Daily Routine

Our day begins with a morning welcome.
We transition to work time and presentations where a teacher leader introduces Montessori materials to individual children or in small groups.
Students take part in Chinese enrichment on Mondays and we speak both Spanish and English with all children throughout the day.

Lunch, outside time, and an optional nap time follow. Kindergarten students and any preschoolers who do not nap have more time for stories, activities, and Montessori work choices in the afternoon.

Examples of group activities include:
Music, Drawing, Coloring, Dance, Gardening, Games, Yoga, Coordination & Agility, Mask Making, Watercolors, Finger Knitting, Textile Work, Science Projects,

Our day always ends with reflection and warm goodbyes.

Our School's Calendar

Our school year goes from September 4th, 2018 until June 7, 2019.

Winter break is December 24, 2018 – January 4, 2019 and Spring Break is March 11-15, 2019.

Additional holidays our school observes throughout the year are Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, & Memorial Day

We have parent teacher conferences in October and April to collaborate with you on your child’s development.

Find our full calendar here.

Our Teacher Leaders

Veronica Vital


Teacher Leader

Born in Mexico, Veronica graduated from the University of Puebla with a major in World Languages: English and French. She then taught English to middle school students and through adult education. Veronica moved to Minnesota. In 1996, she worked as an assistant in a Montessori classroom. Veronica earned her AMI Montessori credential in 1999. Since then she has worked as a lead guide in a single teacher and  a co-teacher model, in both private and public schools. She also worked in St. Paul public schools as a Spanish teacher for community education.

Bonnie Frieden

Emerging Teacher Leader

After working as an outdoor educator in California, Bonnie moved to the twin cities in order to train as an elementary teacher at the Montessori Center of Minnesota. She competed her certification in May of 2013 and is now pursuing a Masters in Education. She loves living in Minneapolis and could not have been happier to have found a place at Acorn Montessori.

Gloria Mejia

Classroom Support

Aftercare Program Leader

Gloria has been working in Montessori classrooms for over seven years. She grew up in El Salvador and has lived in in the United States for 25 years. She married in California and moved to Minnesota in 1999. She has three children and lives in St. Paul. She runs our aftercare program and plans crafts and activities for students. She is so excited to work with our wonderful children.

Enroll Now - Inscriba Ahora

Acorn Montessori is the first Spanish, English, Chinese immersion school in the Twin Cities for three to six year old children. We are located in South Minneapolis at the Sabathani Community Center. We are currently full for the 2018-2019 school year. You may apply to the preschool class of 2019-2020 here.

Our enrollment period for the kindergarten class of 2019-2020 begins February 7th and ends March 7th. An enrollment application will be available on this page at that time.

Acorn Montessori es la primera escuela de enriquecimiento en español, inglés y chino en Minneapolis para niños de tres a seis años. Estamos ubicados en el sur de Minneapolis, dentro de Sabathani Community Center. Ahora estamos llena para el año de 2018-2019. Puedes aplicar para la clase preescolar de 2019-2020 aquí.

El tiempo de inscribir para el programa de kinder empieza en el 7 de febrero y cierra en el 7 de marzo. La petición estará aquí en este tiempo.


Preschool tuition is $300 a week​. We are dedicated to making preschool affordable for every family who applies and have many scholarships opportunities available. Please reach out ​to us for more information.

Kindergarten tuition is free. ​We are a public charter school authorized by Audubon Center of the North Woods to provide tuition-free kindergarten.

News & Events

Longfellow Nokomis Messenger

Thank you Longfellow Nokomis Messenger for sharing our story. Enroll now!
Read about us here!

Parent Workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity three times a year for parents to learn more about Acorn Montessori.

Workshops are held at Acorn Montessori from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Tuesday, September 25th – Why Montessori?
Thursday, February 28th – “Help me to do it myself.” How to foster your child’s independence at home.
Monday, May 13th – To Be Announced

Southwest Journal

“It’s amazing and beautiful how the whole dynamic works.”
Thank you Southwest Journal for sharing Wildflower Schools’ story. Open enrollment is happening now!

Read the article

Wildflower Schools

Acorn 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.