Welcome to Pincushion Hill Montessori School
On behalf of our entire community of faculty, parents, and children, thank you for your interest. This extraordinary Pincushion Hill Montessori school community is devoted to the joy and love of a Montessori education for each child. Pincushion was established in 1962 to serve, provide the best practice in Montessori education, and to encourage learning as a lifelong passion. During these many years, Pincushion grew and established a respected reputation in MetroWest.
We appreciate the depth and breadth of Pincushion’s global curriculum, the patient guidance of its Montessori teachers, and the spirit of mutual respect. Montessori education is a gentle way to learn that leads to a world-class education without the stress found in most schools. It is a creative place where young minds grow organically in an unhurried atmosphere of inquiry and discovery.
PHMS provides a challenging academic environment and opportunities for hands-on learning experiences in a diverse and nurturing environment. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace while supported by their peers and teachers. Our children love school! They enjoy school because we focus on the potential of the individual child while encouraging independence.
While our evolving website is a great way to learn about our school history, programs, curriculum, and our admissions process (see below), please do come visit Pincushion Hill Montessori School in Ashland, Massachusetts to explore our beautiful classrooms and our breathtaking gardens.
We invite you to contact us to begin your journey!
Christine Kovago, Director
Rolling Admissions Process
We follow a rolling admissions process and applicants are welcome to complete admission steps at any time during the year. Our admissions process is a reflective and supportive collaboration.
Step 1 – Visit Pincushion Hill Montessori School
Attend an Open House. Open House gatherings are scheduled once per month and two Saturdays per year. Much more than a simple school tour, our Open House events are an extensive initial conversation between interested families and the admissions faculty. You’ll get the big picture of a Pincushion Montessori School education, and then we’ll visit the classrooms and explore our breathtaking gardens.
Montessori classes are quite different from traditionally structured classrooms, and we encourage parents who are interested in the school to spend some time observing.
If you cannot attend an Open House, we invite you to schedule a tour on another school day, typically in the morning, to learn about our programs and visit our classrooms. Call the school at (508) 881-2123 or send us a message to schedule your tour.
Should I bring my child?
These first visits are for parents only to enable you to focus on the tour and embrace the classroom experience.
Step 2 – Complete the application form
After your first visit, you can begin the application process. Please complete our online application form. There is a non-refundable application fee of $65. If your child currently attends or has attended preschool or school, in addition to your application form, we will need a completed School Records Release form. Because school records are official documents, our office will mail your signed release form to your child’s present or former school.
Step 3 – Your child visits Pincushion Hill Montessori School
As soon as we receive your application with the application fee, we will contact you to arrange for your child to come in to visit one of our classrooms. Applicants for the Early Childhood program (ages 2 years, 9 months through 6 years) will visit the classroom one or more times. Applicants for the Elementary program (grades 1 through 6) will visit at least a day or more. After this visit, depending on availability, your child will be offered a space. If there is no availability, you may choose to have your child placed on our waiting list.
Step 4 – Enrollment deposit
Your child’s enrollment is considered complete upon receipt of the application form with application fee, and the enrollment deposit Sibling discount: 10% off the lesser tuition “Refer a Friend” discount: If you refer a friend and that family enrolls their child, you will receive a reduced tuition.
Our Ambassador Parents have offered to speak with families who would like the broader perspective of families with Pincushion Hill students. Their contact information is available to you upon request!
The Pincushion Hill Montessori School is committed to serving the needs of all children and families, as well as supporting and celebrating diversity in the communities we serve. In its administration, rendering of services, and the employment of personnel, Pincushion Hill Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs, family configuration, disability, political affiliation, or any other status protected by applicable law.