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4660 Legacy Drive
Plano, TX 75024

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4 stars
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September 05, 2014
Our 4 year old has been coming to MNBA here for some time now, and from the first moment we walked in the door, we knew it was the right school for us!!! After researching and visiting 9 other schools, both Montessori and traditional preschools, this school stood out -- all the way from the director, teachers and assistants to the facility itself. It speaks volumes that the teacher turnover is almost nil and I know my son loves that everyone in the building knows his name! The summer 'camp' is fun and they bring in different and fun visitors for the kids. I remember there were 'scientists' and animals and musicians coming in.... I was a little jealous I couldn't participate myself. Now that regular school is back in full swing, I'm looking forward to seeing even how much more our son will grow this year. He surprises me everyday with what he's learned or can do. If you're looking for a nurturing, challenging (in a good way) and fun environment for your kids, this is it.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
My kid is 4 year old now and we recently moved to this state. She is attending Montessori program from 2 years on wards in a different state. She can count till 1000 and can add/subtract 2 digit number and read pretty good (till blue words and blending sounds) . We were told every Friday kids would get their work home from school, and for the last 3 months of her school she just brings only scribblings and pen punched shapes, so I started to talk to her teacher and she say we are going slow and she is waiting on other teacher to come to start the program. Also i heard from my kid if she like to work on maps or math they are not providing . Montessori way is to let kids pick what they want to do and and to progress the skill as they learn. I see this failing in this school. I feel cheated. They have only 3 Montessori certified teachers and rest all of them drive on these 3. Management would just talk sweet to get kids enrolled with no value for the money. THIS IS A MONEY ORIENTED ORGANISATION WITH ABSOLUTELY NO VALUE . If you are kids are from actual Montessori school you will feel the difference during the 1st week of the school itself.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
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!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 06, 2009
After sending my child here for 2 years, I am no longer continuing his education at this school and I am very happy about it. For the amount of tuition you pay, you definitely don't see any benefits compared to cheaper schools in the area. When you pay the tuition for the so-called non-profit school, they don't tell you that they will be asking you for other donations for half a dozen other charities through out the school year. They put together an annual show in which your kids are performing and then ask you to pay hefty entrance fee! Which parent wouldn't want to see their child 'perform' on stage? But to ask the parents to pay $25 per ticket in addition to the hefty tuition is really unfair. Lastly, the teachers are unable to tap into the full potential of the child when it comes to teaching. At the

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 26, 2008
We love this school! From the dedicated director to the amazing teachers to the highly-involved parent group, this pre-school is absolutely top-notch. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2007
this is the only non-profit montessori in this area...this school is 20 yrs old and recently moved to its new location on legacy dr...this school the best one avaible here and the serves from 18 months to 6 yrs children of 24 different nationality...most of the teachers are serving this school for 10 to 15 yrs and they are the asset of this school...we are very happy here and everybody will be.

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2007
My child went there for 2 years. The toddler program is good and our teachers were great. The pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs are a mixed bag. As is typical in some Montessori programs, there is very little one-on-one interactions with teachers. Reading and penmanship are not as encouraged as in a traditional school. The Kindergarten program does not follow the TEA Kindergarten curriculum, so you will find that your child may be behind in first grade if you choose to send him here for Kindergarten. The management of the school seems heavy handed sometimes and not very flexible. You have to sign a contract for the whole year, placing a non-refundable deposit for the last month. The registration fee is relatively hefty. They also take a few extra days off relative to the PISD calendar, forcing working parents to have a backup plan.

- submitted by a parent
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Montessori New Beginnings Academy
4660 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX  75024
(972) 491-1230
Last modified Montessori New Beginnings Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-K
Montessori New Beginnings Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top