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Allium FAQ

What grades and ages of students does the school serve?

Our school serves students from 1st to 6th grade (ages 6-12), with a limited number of kindergarten spaces available for students on the cusp of first grade.

 

Are students admitted at every grade level?

While our primary entry point is first grade, students are admitted at every grade level when there is space available. 

Do you need prior Montessori experience?

No, we meet every child where they are and provide the necessary scaffolding.

How does Allium prepare students for secondary school success?

Montessori education supports the development of students’ executive function, a key to academic and life success. Students graduating from authentic Montessori schools show significant gains not only on executive function, but also in reading, math, vocabulary, and social problem-solving.  Self-direction, along with a strong emotional, social, and moral foundation ensures our students’ competence in secondary school and beyond.

 

What are the school hours?

Allium school hours are 8:30 am - 3:15 pm, with before-care starting from 7:45 am and after-care available until 6:00 pm. 

 

Where do Allium students live?

Current families come from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Belmont.

Is there transportation?

Allium does not offer transportation options at this time. We are a short walk from the Harvard Square T Stop and the 77, 83 and 96 buses stop right in front of our school. 

Do you have to have low income to receive financial aid? Does Allium have much financial aid to give out? 

Building a school accessible to all families is one of our school’s priorities. We use a thorough financial aid application process that takes into account a complete picture of families’ financial situations.

 

What kind of after school program do you provide?

Our after school program consists of time outside on the playground, snack, read alouds and enrichment activities: chess, inventing, origami, art, etc. We also take trips to the nearby Harvard Museums after school.