Alpha Montessori

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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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Specialty

Alpha Montessori provides a rich array of specialty academic programs that span all ages and that support the core Montessori curriculum at each level. These specialty classes are lead by highly skilled teachers who engage learners to stretch and express themselves creatively, academically, physically, and socially. As in the Montessori classroom, the specialty teachers build communities where children learn effective communication for sharing ideas and resolving conflicts.

Art

Creative expression is essential in a Montessori education. Students learn to think creatively, to use their “right brains,” and to take risks with ideas and materials. The Alpha Montessori art experience provides space to veer off on a new direction, experiment and self-evaluate art work as part of the creative process.

To nurture their creativity, the Art teacher brings a variety of resources and materials into each Primary classroom to support and expand the array of art materials present in each Montessori classroom. Students join the Art teacher for direct instruction and hands-on practice with a wide assortment of techniques and mediums. The students explore art history, artists, movements and periods through their own studies and compositions. All students learn respect for others and their work as well as respect and care for materials and tools used in the visual arts.

Our Art teacher works collaboratively with our Montessori teachers to integrate their curriculum themes into the Art experience. The study of Ancient Egypt might yield an Art project using clay to create accurate representations of pyramids or sarcophagi. A classroom production of the great classic “Wind in the Willows” might include students creating character puppets down to the last detail of fur and clothing.

Student artwork is exhibited throughout the school to celebrate student creativity and work.

Music

Our music program was created to foster a great sense of joy in “making music” along with a focus on skills development. Concepts of tonal and rhythmic competencies are developed through creative exploration to help children develop listening skills and an internal understanding of rhythmic and harmonic elements. The social and performance aspects of music are also woven into the learning experience and change according to level.

Music class for toddlers and primary students provides plenty of physical movement so they can feel the rhythms as they listen to a wide variety of music, sing, and learn about musical instruments. Lower Elementary students delve deeper into music literacy and experience scales, harmony, and learning to sing and play instruments together.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education program allows children to develop motor patterns, practice skills, experience a variety of sports and games, learn rules of the game and practice good sportsmanship.

From Toddler through Elementary School, all children at AMS are part of a greater effort to nurture healthy lifestyle habits and physical activity that is part of their daily lives. Finding activities that will foster a life-long love of physical fitness and activity is the focus. Our aim is to support students in achieving their “personal best” and to experience a wide range of activities, movement, and sports in an atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration.

Spanish

Our Spanish program is focused on promoting enjoyment in leaning the Spanish language through listening, speaking, writing and exploration of Spanish-speaking counties and cultures.

Staring in Toddler class, children experience the sounds and richness of the Spanish language through songs, games, and engaging activities. The Spanish curriculum includes basic vocabulary, counting, and colors. As students progress through our Primary and Elementary programs, their time in Spanish class increases and they begin to study Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

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