design principles

An Authentic Montessori Environment: providing a peaceful, mixed-age, child-directed learning environment.

A Shopfront, Neighborhood-nested Design: committed to remaining small, integrated in the community, and responsive to the needs of the children.

A Lab School: serving as a research setting dedicated to advancing the Montessori Method in the context of the modern world.

A Seamless Learning Community: blurring the boundaries of home-schooling and institutional schooling by placing high priority on parent education and giving parents an integral role in the classroom.

An Artist-in-residence: bringing richness to the learning environment by giving the children opportunities to observe and interact with adults doing day-to-day creative work.

An Attention to Nature: emphasizing the nonseparation between nature and human nature through a unique living-classroom design and extensive time in nature.

A Role in Shaping the City: working with the community to improve local parks, streets, and establishments to create an urban environment that is healthier for children.

A Spirit of Generosity: seeing school as a change agent for society, and reflecting a spirit of generosity to all stakeholders, to children, to parents, to those in need, and to the local community.

An Open-source Design: advancing an ecosystem of public and independent Wildflower schools that mutually support one another.