Welcome to Orchid Montessori School, a unique new Montessori Inclusion program for ages 3-6 in East Providence, RI! Our goal is to empower all children, regardless of neurotype, to learn, thrive, and explore their passions. 

We are still accepting applications from founding families! Our program will open its doors in November of 2022.

Once we receive your application form, we will reach out to schedule an informational meeting and/or visit. There is no application fee.

Our school will serve children ages 3-6 in a preschool/ kindergarten classroom. It will provide a home-away-from-home atmosphere with an intimate design, warm decor, and an inviting outdoor space for gardening, crafts, and free play.

Our unique program is a lab classroom designed in partnership with Access Holistic Therapy Group and Autism Included. We are working to develop a neurodiversity-positive model of classroom inclusion that can be replicated in other early childhood classrooms.

Orchid Montessori 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.

Location, Schedule, and Tuition

Our Location

Orchid Montessori Center for Inclusive Education

877 Broadway

East Providence, RI 02914

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Daily Schedule

  • 8:15-8:30 arrival window
  • 8:15-11:15 morning work period
  • 11:15-11:45 outdoor time, half-day student dismissal window
  • 11:45-1:15 lunch, rest/nap time (as needed), free play
  • 1:15-3:15 afternoon enrichment programming/work period, continued nap/rest time (as needed)
  • 3:15-4:30 outdoor time, afternoon dismissal window for full-day students

Calendar

Due to ongoing renovations in our new location, our planned start date for this year is November 14, 2022. Our last day of school will be June 30, 2023.

Beginning in 2023, our school year will normally run be from September through June. Optional summer programming will also be available beginning in the summer of 2023.

 

Tuition

Orchid Montessori School uses a flexible tuition model. As a part of our application process, families are invited to apply for a reduced tuition rate based on their family income. Here is our basic tuition model for the 2022-2023 school year. We will work with families who have extenuating circumstances to find the right tuition rate.

 

 

Families will be charged a monthly tuition rate based on the number of remaining months in the school year when a child enrolls. Please feel free contact us at  [email protected] with additional questions about our tuition model!

Our Team

Katie Rodrigues, M.Ed.

Founding Teacher Leader

Katie (she/her) has been working in Montessori primary and elementary classrooms since 2007. She received her AMI Montessori Diploma for ages 6-12 in 2010 and her M. Ed. in Montessori Education in 2013. She is also a certified preschool teacher. She is thrilled to be serving on Orchid’s teaching team because she feels that every child, regardless of their unique gifts and challenges, deserves to learn in a classroom that embraces their individuality. She is so excited to be involved in this innovative partnership with Autism Included and with Access Holistic Therapy Group!

Sarah Hamel, M.S., CCC-SLP

Founding Teacher Leader

Sarah (she/her) is an experienced Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in language acquisition during early childhood. She is co-founder and Director of Special Initiatives at Autism Included, where she spends her time building a coalition of individuals and organizations passionate about inclusion for autistic students, particularly our youngest learners. She is always on the lookout for partnerships to expand the collective capacity for change. She earned her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2013. Sarah is excited to complete her Montessori training while serving as one of Orchid Montessori’s founding teacher leaders!

Stephanie Izzi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Inclusion Coordinator

Stephanie (she/they) will serve as our inclusion coordinator this year. An autistic adult herself, Stephanie uses their unique insight into neurodivergent communication and learning to support inclusion for autistic students and for other students with communication support needs. Stephanie completed their Ph.D. in Genetics at Stony Brook University, and M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions. She is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Autism Included and Access Holistic Therapy Group, a nonprofit supporting those with communication disorders/differences.

Orchid Montessori Center for Inclusive Education

Community Partners

Access Speech and Holistic Therapy Group

Access Speech and Holistic Therapy Group is a Rhode Island 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our mission is to empower individuals with communication disabilities to meet their greatest potential in school, home, and the community. We offer a unique therapeutic experience for families which teaches caregivers to be their child’s best teacher and advocate.

Click here to learn more about our clinical services.

https://accessspeechtherapy.org

Autism Included

Autism Included is a Rhode Island 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We envisions a world that upholds the humanity of autistic children—where their differences are understood equitably, and they are safe to develop authentically.

Our mission is to facilitate culture change to foster authentic development for autistic children. We re-envision early childhood education by designing strategic frameworks for families, schools, and communities.

 

Click here to learn more about our research and advocacy work.

https://www.autismincluded.org/

Wildflower Schools

Orchid 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.

Orchid Montessori 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.