Alpha Montessori


Frances Gonzalez

My husband and I had enrolled our son in a Montessori School at the age of 18 months. We were told that the Montessori program was excellent but little did we know that all Montessori Schools were NOT the same. We were not happy with the Montessori school he was attending so we carefully started interviewing multiple Montessori School Directors to find the best one in the Carrollton, Plano, and Frisco area. At the time we lived in Carrollton and did not mind commuting to Plano or Frisco if we found the right school for our son. After carefully interviewing multiple schools, our last stop was the Alpha Montessori in Plano. We met with Mrs. Rupali, the director and owner of the school. My husband and I were immediately impressed. She took us on a tour; we discussed the truly impressive curriculum. . She performed an evaluation on our son to see where he was in terms of development. The staff was fantastic and friendly. I loved that Mrs. Rupali (owner and director) did not have an office at the school. This is intentional as she does not care to sit behind a desk. She wants to be involved in every single area and program of the school. We had such a GREAT feeling about the school that we signed up our son immediately. It is now a year later since we enrolled our son and my husband and I are just as excited about the school as we were a year ago. The staff is still fantastic! My son's confidence level is sky high. He LOVES walking in every single day. As a matter of fact, he walks in and never looks back. It is such a great feeling to know that he is genuinely happy there. His grammar and speech have dramatically improved. His manners are just amazing. He has become so independent and his personality just shines. His teachers have spent individual time with him to "catch him up". What a phenomenal job they have done! He now corrects our grammar which we find extremely funny! We knew that we were NOT happy with his progress at his old Montessori school (thank God, that school is now closed), but this only confirms that just because they have the Montessori "name" doesn't mean it is the right school for your child. Mrs. Rupali has a background in the Montessori program as well as child development. You have to know the owner and director's background as well their interest in your child's development. This is the right school for our son! We love it and wished we would have found this place when he was 18 months old. Better late than never! He is doing wonderful and that makes us happy as parents. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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Preschool (Ages 3 – 6 years)

The Preschool classroom for children between the ages of three to six, is a carefully prepared environment that encourages children to learn individually, at their own pace. Your child has extraordinary powers of mind. He or she possesses once-in-a-lifetime ability to simply absorb information from his or her environment, like a sponge. Dr. Montessori called this phenomenon “the absorbent mind”. We have prepared a dynamic learning environment with a wealth of concrete, manipulative learning materials that encourage the child to discover and learn throughout this limited period of her life. Montessori teachers are trained to observe each individual child and to put her in touch with things she is most interested in learning; the results are joy, immense satisfaction and excitement about learning.

One of the most striking aspects of the Preschool classroom is its peacefulness. There is a deep sense of respect from the children towards others and from the teachers toward the children. Through “grace and courtesy” exercises, we teach children how to problem solve conflicts, how to act politely in varying situations and how to be kind and helpful to their friends. The result is a cohesive community of young children.

The multi age classroom allows younger children to have role models and older children opportunities for leadership. Chronologically age grouping children, like traditional education does, fosters leadership based on outgoing personalities. In the Montessori preschool classroom, even the shyest five year old is thrust into a leadership role, because the younger children look up to him and ask for his help and assistance.

The youngest child fills her days with activities centered on “Practical Life”. Here, she learns to sweep, bake, scrub, polish and care for all things in the environment. She experiments with sensorial materials that educate her visual, auditory and tactile senses. She plays vocabulary sound games and sings and dances when children gather for group activities.

As the child progresses in his experiences, he is introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the ground work for reading and writing in the future. He is introduced to numbers and the decimal system – with the most amazing concrete materials to show him the way. He learns about land and water forms, geometric figures, the political countries of the world; he learns about the parts of plants and animals and about music and art – at his own pace, in his own time.

It is during his third year (the traditional new entrants or year one) that everything comes to fruition for the child. Reading, writing, and mathematical understanding, blossoms from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. The child leaves the program with a strong set of academic skills; but, far more importantly, with the attitude that learning is fun, exciting and boundless. He is now ready to move on to a primary setting or continue on with us in the Montessori 6-9 program.

NOW ENROLLING : Infants to Elementary