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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 transition 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. 

Why should I seek an elementary Montessori education for my child?

Elementary aged students are capable of tackling problems, reasoning, socializing, and harnessing their imaginations in order to make sense of the world. Montessori elementary classrooms are designed to meet these tendencies. Mixed age groupings encourage an organic sense of family and community, providing mentoring opportunities in which students help one another. A Montessori elementary community authentically works together to address the practical and spiritual elements of cooperation, including fairness, rules and procedures.


Montessori elementary studies are based on a cultural curriculum that integrates history, geography, math, the sciences, language, literature, art, and music. An interdisciplinary approach to learning satisfies the elementary child’s curiosity about the Universe and their place within it. As they make connections across time, place, and ideas, they develop essential creative and critical thinking skills. Through student-led projects, trips and outreach experiences, students learn stewardship of the school, the local community, the natural world, and the global community.

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?

Students graduating from Montessori elementary schools show academic readiness for Middle School across the curriculum. In addition, these autonomous learners have well-developed strategies for organization, collaboration, and problem-solving. A strong emotional, social, and moral foundation ensures our students’ competence in secondary school and beyond.

Does Allium offer financial aid?

Yes! Building a school that is accessible to all families is one of our top priorities. We offer a simple financial aid application that allows us to understand each family's needs and offer aid equitably. All are welcome and encouraged to apply.


What are the school hours?

Regular Allium school hours are from 8:30 am - 3:15 pm. Extended day hours include before care beginning at 8:00 am and after care, which is available until 5:30 pm.


Where do Allium students live?

Allium families have traveled to us from come from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Jamaica Plain, Belmont, and Lexington.

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. 

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