Pincushion Hill Montessori School

  • Pincushion Hill Montessori School is a private school located in beautiful Ashland, Massachusetts serving preschool, kindergarten, and elementary students. Offering before/after school care, enrichments, summer program.
  • Montessori teaches students to think, not simply to memorize, feedback, and forget.
  • The basis of our approach is the simple observation that children learn most effectively through direct experience and the process of investigation and discovery.
  • No two students learn at the same pace, nor do they necessarily learn best from the same methods.
  • Our goal is to be flexible and creative in addressing each student as a unique individual.
  • The Pincushion Hill Montessori School is designed to be a school where children can blossom! We seek to inspire a passion for excellence and to nurture curiosity, creativity and imagination.
  • Our goal is to give students a fine education and to prepare them for life.
  • Our students develop into people who are fascinated by the universe, and feel compelled to understand something of life's secrets.
  • They come to see that we all belong to the Earth and to the human family.
  • Our students are prepared to succeed in high school, college and beyond.
  • They are prepared to live lives filled with quiet dignity and compassion for others.
  • This begins with the habit of community service instilled during their years in Montessori.
  • Our students are building a legacy of kindness and wonderful contributions to the world.
  • Areas of instruction: Art, Music, Spanish, STEM, and Garden Science.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Other Montessori association(s)
International Montessori Council (IMC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1962
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$375
Summer Program Cost NotesSee website:
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students44 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Pincushion Hill Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorChristine Kovago
Admissions AssociateAlison Brooks


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
Art Classes, Music Lessons, STEAM

School Notes

  • Pincushion has provided an exemplary education for children in Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Natick and the surrounding communities since 1962.  The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over a century ago, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations.  It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child; physical, social, emotional and cognitive.  Her basic principle was to "follow the child." Montessori is the perfect place to send your child if you are looking to inspire him or her to develop a lifelong love of learning.  Children in their pre-school and kindergarten years (2.9 to 6) begin in the Children`s House.  At these ages, Dr. Montessori believed that children have "an absorbent mind" meaning that they are able to effortlessly absorb everything in their environment.  It is a mixed age classroom that provides individual and group lessons and activities.  Children learn from one another this can be seen in family and play situations where children are free to observe and interact in a variety of activities.  The children learn high levels of cognitive and social skills not only through mental development, but also by observing others as models.  The many categories are Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Sciences, STEM and Outdoor Activities (Gardening Program and many life skills). Montessori Elementary classrooms are fundamentally different from traditional classrooms.  Montessori Elementary is a program that grows out of respect for the mind of a rapidly developing child.  The Elementary age child strives for intellectual independence.  This is a time of insatiable curiosity and excitement for learning.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Having witnessed how Montessori brought out the full potential of a child, I was extremely motivated to find a Montessori School for our then two-year-old, and we found Pincushion. As soon as he made the cut, we became part of the Pincushion family. We had our worries and concerns that he was too young when he started at USCH, that he would have difficulties to warm up and trust his teachers when he had more than his fair share of constant changes at his formal daycare center. With love and care from his teachers and everyone else, he made his transition and blossomed. If a child cries because he misses his school and friends, something is terribly right about the school. Pincushion not only offers the academic excellence, more importantly, it helps a child become a loving and caring person, fosters their curiosity, teaches them friendship, respect and teamwork in solving problems and conflicts, and prepares them for the challenges ahead throughout their lifetime. As a family, Pincushion didn`t forget the parents. It has taught us valuable lessons through our children and help us to become better parents. The fact that my five-year-old reminds us from time to time that we need to find ways to work out our differences is incredible. If all children in this world were brought up this way, we would not have so many conflicts and distrusts. As parents, that`s the best gift that we can offer to our children.Three years have passed, our little boy is growing up in this warm environment. There is no word in the world that can describe our gratitude towards the teachers and staff at Pincushion. As he is moving on from Children`s House to Lower Elementary, we are looking forward to the next three years at Pincushion and beyond.
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Our two girlsfour and six years oldare both starting their third year at PHMS. Why do they stay there, you ask? Well, the school has been everything we hoped for and more. Our six-year-old has been reading chapter books for over a year. She blows us away every day with her vocabulary, and she writes journals without help. Our four-year-old just told us how eager she is to start reading on her own. After playing outside recently, she came in and told us how a Monarch butterfly went by her headnot just any butterfly, a Monarch butterfly!If that`s not enough, let me tell you that they have brought home more food from their garden at school that went right into dinner.It`s wonderful to send our children to school knowing that they are getting an excellent education and practical lessons for life.Allian Iffih
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