We are a classroom of researchers, educators, and learners in Haverhill, MA providing a high quality Montessori education for children ages 2.9 to 6 years of age.
Welcome to Birch Tree Montessori School!
Our school is designed in detail for children, as if school were their home. A peaceful classroom features a brightness that inspires. Natural materials foster children’s innate desire to learn. Our school is intentionally small—just 20-25 children—and diverse. It’s led by nurturing teachers who have committed years to their craft and to Maria Montessori’s beliefs and time-tested methods. Children get to follow their interests along paths that the teachers design to ensure students are mastering core subjects and developing socially and emotionally.
Please contact us to receive more information about Birch Tree.
Birch Tree Montessori School
75 Foundation Ave Haverhill, MA
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Birch Tree Montessori offers a holistic approach to the development of young children by nurturing body, mind, and spirit in a joy-filled classroom to promote a lifelong love of learning.
Birch Tree aspires to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high-quality, beautiful learning environments in an inclusive, caring, and diverse community.
Montessori schools, like other communities, often reflect the personalities and preferences of the people who comprise them. While there is no one way to implement Montessori, there are some key presumptions Montessorians make about children that help to inform the environments we design:
We believe children are intrinsically good:
Montessori presumes that the natural state of children is positive, that children will do the right thing if given the opportunity, and that when children’s behavior is less positive, it reflects some obstacle to the child’s natural state.
We believe children are intrinsically peaceful:
Montessori classrooms are often noted for their peaceful, gentle climate, within which children of differing ages and development seem to interact with each other with less conflict and more joy.
We believe this is the natural condition of childhood; so, when conflicts do occur, we look to the physical design of the classroom, the developmental differences among children, or the choices of the teacher to resolve the issue.
We believe children are intrinsically motivated to learn:
Montessori shies away from traditional models of punishment and reward, believing that children’s motivation to learn is natural to them and continues to blossom in environments that allow authentic learning.
How Do We Envision Montessori at Birch Tree?
Head of School and Lead Teacher
Co-founder Alison Evans is an AMS-certified Montessori primary teacher through the Montessori Institute – New England (MI-NE). She received her B.A. in mathematics from Middlebury College and an M.Ed. with a Montessori Concentration from Gordon College. Alison has been a teacher trainer for MI-NE, creating and delivering a course on classroom management. She also holds a Massachusetts teaching license in elementary mathematics as well as Lead Teacher certification by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Alison is the co-author of three books through her partnership with Master Class Materials (MCM): Spring Tea: A Celebration of Grace and Courtesy for Children 3 – 6 and A Biography of Maria Montessori for and by Children. MCM’s most recent book, We Love Slugs! launched in August 2017.
Alison has two children, both of whom attended Montessori schools when they were young. Both are now successful students; Alison’s son is in college studying English Literature and Jazz Alto Saxophone performance and her daughter is in high school following an honors level STEAM pathway course of study. In addition to Alison’s dedication to Montessori education, she is an enthusiastic, amateur photographer and loves to get outside to observe plants and wildlife no matter the season!
Birch Tree Montessori School accepts applications for admissions on a rolling basis. Please see the steps for enrollment below.
Come Visit Birch Tree Montessori School!
The application process begins by setting up an individual visit to the school
with your child.
The best way to gain more awareness about Montessori is to see it in action by observing during the children’s morning work period (9:00 am – 12:30 pm).
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schedule a visit here
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We look forward to meeting you after your observation. Talking with the Teacher Leaders about your observation and any questions
will facilitate your understanding of Montessori and Birch Tree Montessori School.
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If after your visit you feel that Birch Tree Montessori would be a good fit for you
and your family, the next step in the
process is to fill out an application.
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Who are we?
Birch Tree Montessori is a 501(c)3 non-profit, early childhood school, dedicated to providing a high quality Montessori experiences for children ages 2 years 9 months to 6 years of age. Birch Tree is intentionally diverse, and reflects the make up of Haverhill with low, middle, and upper income families who are all important members of our community.
Birch Tree's tuition is well below the average for childcare costs in Massachusetts. However, not all of our families are able to afford Birch Tree; in fact, approximately 50% of our families require and receive financial subsidies. Your tax deductible contribution enables children in need of tuition assistance to attend Birch Tree Montessori.
Ways to donate:
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Birch Tree Montessori admits students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality or ethnic origin in administration of the educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs. No child shall be excluded from participation due to toileting needs.