Applying to Dandelion Montessori

We welcome applications for the coming year which can be filled out online and are found by clicking below.

Dandelion Enrollment Application

After completing your online application, we will contact you to schedule an observation and a conversation with our teacher-leaders.

School Hours & Tuition at Dandelion

Dandelion Montessori has a variety of school and auxiliary programs to support families with different needs for Montessori education and care. We operate on a 10 month school year (September through June) as well as provide programming for school year and summer breaks. If you are interested in a shorter day please contact us.

Full Day School Program

8:30am – 3:30pm
Tuition: $18,500/year

Extended Day Program

Extended Day A: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
$2,500/year for Monday through Friday.

Extended Day B: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
$5,000/year for Monday through Friday.

Families who are interested in Extended Day for fewer than five days per week will be accommodated as available.

Paying for Dandelion Montessori

We believe that all children have a right to high-quality Montessori education. We also believe that children and families learn best in a community that celebrates and supports economic, racial and cultural equity. At Dandelion we strive to keep our tuition and auxiliary fees at or below the current rate for our neighborhood. In addition, we offer several tuition assistance options to help families attend Dandelion.

  • Dandelion Tuition Assistance Program: This program is supported by Dandelion and provides tuition assistance based upon family need. Please email with questions regarding the tuition assistance program.
  • Somerville Partnership for Young Children Program:

SPYC_smallThis program is supported by Somerville Public Schools & The City of Somerville to provide substantial support for Somerville children to attend Dandelion based upon family need. For more information about the SPYC Program please click here:

  • Cambridge Birth to Third Grade Partnership Program:

B2Third_smallThis program is supported by Cambridge Public Schools to provide substantial support for Cambridge children to attend Dandelion based upon family need. For more information about the Birth to Third Program please click here:

  • Dandelion Parent Apprenticeship Program: This program provides an opportunity for families to support the Teacher/Leaders in the operations of the school while receiving tuition reduction for their shifts ($20 per hour). They may also decide to volunteer their time without tuition reduction. Parent shifts are available for families wishing to work in the school on a regular basis for the 10 month school year. The shifts will be in the afternoon from 1-3:30PM. Please email with questions regarding the apprenticeship program.

Summer & Breaks Program 2019-2020

Dandelion offers the following programs for children during school breaks for families needing additional care outside of the school year:

Hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm, with an option of 6:00pm

Winter Break Program: 12/16/19 to 12/20/19
Cost: $500

February Break Program: 2/17/20 to 2/21/20
Cost: $500

April Break Program: 4/20/20 to 4/24/20
Cost: $500

Summer Break Program: 7/6/20 to 8/14/20
Cost: $3,000