Welcome to Acorn Montessori, a Spanish and English Bilingual 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

Hours

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

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.
Children are immersed in bilingual environment as 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 is from September 3rd, 2019 until June 5th, 2020.

Winter break is December 23rd, 2019 – January 3, 2020 and Spring Break is March 30th-April 3rd, 2020.

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

Founder

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.

Laura Cefalu

Emerging Teacher Leader

Fresh out of training from the Montessori Center of Minnesota this past May, Laura is excited to be at Acorn in her first year of teaching! Prior to her Montessori training, Laura studied elementary education at Gustavus Adolphus earning her B.A. and Minnesota state teaching license in 2016. She then took an assistant teaching position at a Montessori school in Minneapolis where she fell in love with the Montessori method. Laura is currently continuing her education at St. Catherine’s University where she is pursuing a Masters in Education.

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 currently full for the 2019-2020 school year. If you would like to be on the wait list for the class of 2019-2020, please fill out an application here.

We are now enrolling for kindergarten! Kindergarten enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is from November 1st – November 15th 2019. To enroll please fill out this form by 5:00pm November 15th.

Information regarding enrollment can be found here.

Ahora estamos inscribiendo para el año de 2019-2020. Puedes aplicar para la lista de espara del clase preescolar de 2019-2020 aquí.

Las inscripciones para kindergarten para el año escolar 2020-2021 es el primero de Noviembre hasta el 15 de Noviembre. Para inscribir a su hijo por favor llene esta forma antes de las 5:00 de la tarde del 15 de Noviembre.

Puede buscar información sobre las inscripciones aquí.

Tuition

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, November 26th
Thursday, February 13th
Thursday, March 12th

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!

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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.