Preschool | Nonsectarian |
Montessori New Beginnings Academy is a preschool located in Plano, Texas.
The school community has reviewed this preschool and given it an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Montessori New Beginnings Academy is wonderful! We have two kids enrolled now and they love going to school. We researched many schools in the area and are so happy with our choice. The teachers and administration are very experienced and really care about the kids.
Montessori: New Beginnings Academy is, IMO, the top private school in North Texas for toddlers through kindergarten! The administration and faculty are top notch! My son LOVED it and still goes back to see his teachers!
We love MNBA! From the minute we walked in the door we knew this was the school for our family. We searched many Montessori schools in Plano and Allen and were very disappointed. MNBA follows the true Montessori method. The teachers and administration staff are wonderful and have been there for years. They truly care and nurture our child in a fabulous learning environment!
I have had two children go through this wonderful school and I can't say enough great things about the educators and environment provided them here. I love that's it's a non-profit school, and the parents concerns are really heard. My youngest in particular has really blossomed as he has become a "mentor" to some of the younger children, which is just one of the fantastic attributes of a true Montessory education. M:NBA is a great school, filled with great people who will love your children and help them be the best version of themselves!
We have been truly fortunate that our son has spent over 4 years of his formative years at MNBA. There are many things I love about this school - adherence to the Montessori method, tenure of the teachers, diversity among students, the international nights that expose children to cultures around the world and the ease with which we were able to connect with the teachers, administrative staff and the other parents. My most favorite part is that for the past four years, every day my son has been greeted with a genuine and warm smile when he walks in, which has contributed to his sense of belonging at this school. He has been accepted at one of the top private schools in Dallas which further validates the quality of education and overall development he has received. Our heartfelt thanks to the teachers and staff at MNBA.
This school is a true Montessori and is an AMS associate member. Some schools claim to be Montessori but don't use true Montessori materials or methods. All of the teachers here are certified and excellent. The building is top notch. Each classroom is flooded in natural light and has its own covered patio that faces the creek. The kids love to explore the creek with its beaver dam, heron, and lily pads, They go on frequent nature walks, plant and harvest vegetables from their garden, and even have an authentic Indian Tee Pee on the grounds for a week in the fall. The teachers make a point to know every child in the school's name, whether they teach them or not. The parent group is active and involved and there are tons of opportunities to be involved in your child's classroom. Every year, the school puts on a fundraiser/music program called International Night which is truly wonderful. The kids learn about their country and perform songs from that country. This is the best Montessori school in the Plano/Frisco/Allen area, hands down. I am so happy we are a part of the MNBA community.
Our son is graduating from KG after 4 wonderful years at MNBA. He started with the toddler program in a very nurturing environment. After that he moved to the "big kids" class. We were quite happy with the fact that they followed proper Montessori method of 'teaching' kids. One thing I'd emphasize is for parents to understand the Montessori method properly before enrolling their kids, especially at the KG level. Being a 'self-directed' curriculum, kids learn at their own pace and ability without any undue pressure to perform. They also learn extracurriculars such as Music, Spanish &Mandarin. We found that teachers were receptive to subject ideas from parents - e.g. our son was really into weather at one point, when his teachers learned that from us, they provided material about weather & encouraged him to follow his passion. I suppose the school administration is par for the course, we didn't have any issues. To summarize, our experience at MNBA was a very positive one. In terms of kids' learning, parental involvement & attention is THE most important factor, closely followed by quality of school & caregivers. We are happy that we found an excellent quality school for our son.
My son attended this school for 1 year and we are not satisfied with his progress. We were told every Friday kids would get their work home from school, and most times there were just scribblings and pen punched shapes, so I started to check what was done in the class, I found teachers were lazy and the kids are just roaming in the class doing nothing. If asked, teacher would lie and give false report of your kid. I feel cheated. Management would just talk sweet with no work done.
We love this school! Our son graduated from New Beginnings after attending another Montessori school in Plano first. The teachers are so experienced and are truly educational experts! We have valued their advice and relationship with our whole family. Their attention to detail provided our son with an extensive educational foundation, that even now years later, he often says, "school is so easy!" He qualified for the gifted and talented program in PISD as have many of our friends' kids that went to New Beginnings. We only wish they had elementary school too- we would have loved to stay longer! We can't say enough good things about this school- the staff and director are warm and nurturing. They know us all personally and genuinely care about the school and all of it's families. The teachers are amazing, the turnover is ZERO- which speaks for itself. I can't tell you how much we have connected to the other families, they are all so dedicated and we all are able to volunteer and help the school anytime we want. The school is our extended family and we can't wait to be back with our youngest one next fall!
This school used to be a great school many years ago. The adminstrator chanegs (specailly the current one) have taken this school down the hill. Some of the new teachers don't have the same callibor and the adminstrator has demotivated the staff to the extend that many are there to have a job now!!!! I can not recommend this school to any parent.
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