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Inly Fast Facts

Following the Montessori model, multi-age classes are grouped by developmental levels: Toddler House (Ages 1 & 2), Children's House (Preschool and Full-Day Kindergarten), Lower Elementary (Grades 1–3), Upper Elementary (Grades 4–6) and Middle School (Grades 7–8).

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How old does my child need to be to start each program?

    Toddler House — 18 months
    Children’s House — 3 years
    Lower Elementary — 6 years
    Upper Elementary — 9 years
    Middle School — 12 years
  • How many students attend Inly?

    Inly currently has 287 students enrolled—35 Toddler House, 98 Children’s House, 50 Lower Elementary, 71 Upper Elementary, and 33 Middle School.
  • Where do Inly students come from?

    Inly is conveniently located off Route 123 near Route 3A in Scituate (near the Norwell line) and draws students from 18 towns throughout the South Shore and Greater Boston, including: Boston, Chatham, Cohasset, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Middleboro, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Quincy, Rockland, Scituate and Weymouth.
  • How many teachers does the School have?

    Inly has 35 full-time and 11 part-time teachers.

    Visit the Inly School Teachers & Staff page for bios and information on our warm, nurturing, knowledgable and highly experienced teachers and specialists. 
  • What is the student-teacher ratio?

    Schoolwide, the student-teacher ratio is 7:1. Individual levels are as follows:
    5:1 Toddler House
    12:1 Children’s House Preschool
    8:1 Children’s House Kindergarten
    12:1 Lower Elementary
    10:1 Upper Elementary
    8:1 Middle School
  • When is school in session?

    Our typical school year is September to early June, with two 2-week breaks in December and March.

    Toddler and Children’s House students have the option to enroll for the full year (June-June) with coverage over our 2-week March break.
  • I work full time—what care options does Inly offer for my child?

    Our Toddler and Children’s House students have the option to enroll for the full year (including summer) with coverage over our 2-week March break.
  • What type of student will succeed at Inly?

    Young children who are curious, inquisitive and engaged; kind, respectful and empathetic; and responsive to adult redirection are good candidates for Inly. In older children, we look for the same qualities, plus high academic motivation, a track record of interest and engagement, willingness to take on new challenges, and the desire to work independently with teacher support.
  • Why choose Inly?

    We work hard to ensure our students not only achieve high academic success, but also excel in the 21st century skills necessary to navigate the world as thoughtful global citizens. Our nurturing teachers foster each student’s natural curiosity and inclination to learn, providing the environment for discovering his or her own potential within. Individuality is celebrated at Inly. Creativity is integrated into our rigorous Montessori-based curriculum and fuels all we do. Learning by doing is our way of life—whether it’s toddlers digging in our organic gardens, sixth graders experimenting with robotics or middle schoolers rigging a schooner in the open ocean.
  • I’ve heard of Montessori but what is that all about?

    A pioneer of progressive education, Maria Montessori believed in the power of the child’s innate talent and curiosity and stressed the importance of letting them follow their interests. A Montessori education is flexible, developmentally responsive, and designed to fit a student’s needs and interests.

    Inly is a Montessori+ school. This means we combine Montessori methods with other proven practices to create the richest learning experience possible. With Montessori principles at the core, this dynamic model incorporates critical elements proven to promote curiosity, creativity and critical thinking; practical skills, academic preparedness and a lifelong love of learning. It integrates heart, mind and body, focusing on the whole child — at every stage of development.
  • What is Inly’s commitment to diversity?

    Inly School aspires to foster global citizenship, and to be a community that represents, explores, and honors a diverse mix of experience and expression. Multicultural education and practice is the responsibility and privilege of every member of the Inly community. Inly actively seeks faculty, families, and leadership who embrace and practice skills that reflect our Montessori core values of grace, courtesy, respect, compassion, and empathy.
  • Are there opportunities for parent involvement?

    Yes! Inly has a great sense of community and many ways for parents to get involved. From volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning a field excursion to attending a monthly Parents Group meeting or organizing event—parents are invited to find the area(s) and amount of involvement that is right for them, and jump in! You can learn more about Parents Group here.

Applying to Inly

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Programs & Services

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  • Community Service

    Service work is integrated into the curriculum at every level to promote lifelong lessons in empathy, hardwork, and cultural awareness, while giving students a sense of belonging to the community.

    The School devotes the entire month of February to community outreach, including “Fill the Truck” Fridays with donations for various organizations around the South Shore and beyond. Past organizations include: Scituate Animal Shelter, Norwell, Scituate and Marshfield Food Pantries, South Shore Foster Closet, Rolling Wave Foundation, and Wellspring Multi-Service Center.
  • World Languages

    Students in all levels Toddler—Middle School have Spanish Classes.
  • After-School Program

    Free after-school classes are available for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. Offerings include: Karate, sports, robotics, Lego engineering, music, drama, art, dance and yoga.
  • Extended Day Childcare

    We offer a range of extended day programs for all ages. Child care for toddlers and preschool students is available, along with before-school and after-school programs for K–8.

    Coverage is available from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Our teachers and staff are warm, nurturing and well trained in Montessori and early childhood education.
  • Bus Service

    Scituate Resident Bus Service
    Residents of Scituate (K–8) may receive bus service to and from Inly School through the Scituate Public School Department. For information, contact http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/district-info-transportation.htm.

    Hingham and Cohasset Bus Service
    Inly has morning bus service with two pick-up points along Rt. 3A in Hingham and Cohasset.
    7:45 am — Hingham Bathing Beach parking lot
    8:00 am — Cohasset MBTA Train Station parking lot
  • Accreditation

Inly School

46 Watch Hill Drive | Scituate, MA 02066
Tel: 781-545-5544 | Fax: 781-545-6522
Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.
Inly School admits students of any race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, and without regard to disability, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.