Tuition Assistance

We understand that a high-quality Montessori education is a privilege not afforded to everyone but believe strongly that each family has gifts to share as part of our community. As a result, we offer both an apprenticeship program to help families reduce the cost of tuition in exchange for their time and a scholarship program.

Families who would be unable to attend Dandelion without financial assistance and who are at or below the Cambridge median income may be eligible to participate in the Dandelion Scholarship Program, which enables families to educate their children as equal members of an economically, racially, and culturally diverse community. Please email micki@dandelionmontessoricoop.org and lindy@dandelionmontessoricoop.org with questions about the scholarship fund.

Apprenticeship Program

Dandelion Montessori Coop is a community school and draws on families to support the heads of school in the operations of the school and enrich the environment for the children. Co-op shifts are not required of all families, but parent shifts are available for families wishing to volunteer in the school on a regular basis.

Parents may decide to receive tuition reduction for their shifts ($20 per hour) or they may decide to volunteer their time without tuition reduction. The shifts will be in the afternoon from 1-3:30PM. Families are asked to preferably commit to a consistent day each week (or every two weeks depending on interest) for the 10 month school year, but will be considered with a minimum commitment of three months. Shift assignments will be determined by the heads of school based on the parent’s fit for the apprenticeship position.

Dandelion Montessori Coop admits students and accepts families regardless of sex, gender, race, color, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability status, or ancestry to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students and families at our school. We do not discriminate in the administration of our policies, scholarships and loan programs or other school-based programs.