Our teaching is rooted in the Montessori philosophy, which holds that every child carries unseen within herself the person she will become. In order to develop her physical, intellectual, creative and emotional powers to the fullest, she must have freedom—a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. At first glance, these objectives may seem at odds with one another. The beauty of the Montessori philosophy is that it creates a delicate balance between the two, enabling the child to develop at his own speed, according to his own capabilities, and in a nurturing and non-competitive environment during the first school years.


Dr. Montessori’s philosophy includes the belief that social adjustment, though necessary for learning in a classroom, is not the purpose of education. Patterns of concentration, stick-to-itiveness, and thoroughness established in early childhood produce confident, competent learning in later years. At the heart of it all is the idea that learning should be joyful, and that “work” should be interesting and fun.


The benefits of a Montessori classroom include:


The “prepared environment,” in which teachers create a peaceful space where each material has a certain place, order and purpose. This enables students to explore materials and their related concepts and develop at their own pace.


Accredited and highly trained teachers who prepare the environment, conduct lessons and group activities, function as the authority, and offer each child individualized guidance and new challenges in their classroom explorations and learning.


Mixed-age, multi-year classroom communities, which enable students to develop long-term meaningful relationships, learn from older students, and practice leadership skills by role modeling for younger peers.


This whole child, individualized approach to learning combined with a close-knit community form the basis for student success.

Explore a Featured Lesson by Age Level.

3–5 years


6–12 years


Learn about the Science behind why Montessori works.

Montessori: The New Science Behind a Century-Old Methodology (Part 1)

by Austin Matte, Learning and the Brain, June 2017

Montessori: The New Science Behind a Century-Old Methodology (Part 2)

by Austin Matte, Learning and the Brain, June 2017

Wellan Montessori School

80 Crescent Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: (617) 969-4488   

Fax: (617) 969-4430

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Wellan Montessori School is a non-profit school which admits students of every race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political views.