Our School

At Alyssum, parents and teachers strive to create a supportive, peaceful and inclusive atmosphere for children’s inquisitive minds. Teacher-leaders and families become partners as lines between home and school blur. We explore ways to make learning student-driven and supported by trusted adults.

How do we envision Montessori at Alyssum?

Because children are intrinsically motivated to blossom in a beautiful, uncluttered, multi-age learning environment, we surround ourselves with a nature-inspired interior which nurtures the mind and spirit and provides children a sense of calm conducive to learning.   

Help Me Help Myself:
The 3-6 Classroom

– Home-like environments are light, bright, uncluttered and child-sized.
– All children work and move at their own pace.
– Each child’s work is respected and uninterrupted.
– Our materials are hands-on and language-rich.
– We emphasize grace and courtesy.

Help Me Know Why and How:
The 6-12 Classroom

– Our classrooms promote experiential learning in all subject areas including ecology, social justice and conflict resolution.
– Inspiring stories and demonstrations fuel the child’s imagination.
– Movement within and out of the classroom builds confidence.
– Group work and independence are encouraged.


“The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult.” -Maria Montessori