our school

Guidepost Montessori at Eldorado is a growing community conveniently located near the beautiful Stonebridge Ranch neighborhood of McKinney. At the heart of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in Montessori environments prepared especially for them. Our bright, beautiful classrooms and caring staff members will nurture your child’s joy in learning. Your child will love gardening in our engaging outdoor play spaces filled with native plant species and designed to encourage your child to explore. We welcome your family!

Our beautiful campus and welcoming community is the perfect place for your child to explore her own potential.

Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.

Nido Classrooms

Your baby will love practicing all the new movements he is capable of in our cozy, baby-safe “nido.”

Nido means “nest,” the Italian word that Montessori used to describe the environment specially designed for infants.

In the Nido, your child will discover all the things he can do, all by himself!

Toddler Classrooms

Beautiful and spacious, the activities on the shelves in our toddler room will call to your child to discover new things.

Your toddler will be fascinated by all of the interesting things prepared just for him!

Chairs, tables, and all the parts of each activity are specially sized to fit your toddler.

Children's House Classrooms

Children's House classrooms respond to the young child's need for order with beautiful and lovingly curated materials that speak directly to your child's desire to actively explore the immediate environment.

As your child is introduced to one enticing activity after another, she finds endless, marvelous opportunities to discover her own potential.

The Children's House classroom appeals to the young child's intelligence with concrete experiences offered through carefully-sequenced activities.

  • Pamela Dean, Head of School

    Ms. Dean holds a B.S. and a Master's degree in Education. She has been a head of school for over 25 years, developing schools in and around the Houston and Dallas areas. In the past five years, she has discovered the wonders of Montessori, and is excited to see our brand new school come to life with the depth and breadth of authentic Montessori programming and a vibrant community of families. With a focus on meeting or exceeding best practices for the children in her care, Ms. Dean has an eye for detail, emphasizing safety and the importance of individual attention for each child. Ms. Dean is looking forward to getting to know you, your children, and your family!

  • Amanda Jarvis, Assistant Head of School

    Ms. Jarvis received her bachelor's degree in Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas, and her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood from Texas Women’s University. After college, she worked with children with special needs, focusing on fostering independence while approaching each child as an individual. She went on to become a lead Montessori teacher in a toddler classroom, and earned her AMI Montessori teaching diploma from The Montessori Institute of Denver, specializing in 0 to 3-year-olds. With her background in AMI Montessori, Ms. Jarvis is particularly excited about establishing a Guidepost Montessori school with the accompanying high standards for excellence in the McKinney-Frisco area.

Children are compelling in every way. They are fascinating, intriguing, charming, heartwarming creatures with infinite variation in personalities, tendencies, and interests.

The unique joy and sacred responsibility of a child's caretakers is to learn about her — to discover and fall in love with her as she grows, to let careful observation and observant care guide her development, and to get to know her well enough to help her shape herself. A child's teachers and parents are collaborators in this process that is at once scientific discovery and heartfelt nurturing.

To that end, our school is designed to further connect you with your child, to bring you into a community of valuable resources and education-minded people, and to make it as easy as possible for you to understand and support your child as she grows.

Insights into Your Child

The Montessori approach emphasizes careful, theory-informed, individualized observation of each child's development. We don't want to keep what we see to ourselves! The impact of these observations is greatest when shared with a child's parents.

At Guidepost, parents receive regular, detailed updates about their children. Classroom guides are available outside of class hours by phone, email, or for scheduled in-person meetings. Your child’s guide will also meet with you for regularly-scheduled conferences about your child's learning and growth.

We see these conversations, both periodic conferences and frequent exchanges, as critical for both giving and receiving information. They allow teachers to hear from the people most expert and most observant about a child: his parents.

Parents will also receive written progress reports two to three times per year, each a summary of a teacher's observations of the child over the course of the previous months. Meanwhile, day-to-day and week-to-week, parents receive regular updates from the teacher, in the form of photographs and written anecdotes about their child.

And finally, parents are able to directly access Transparent Classroom, the web-based system we use for careful record keeping and observations about your child. Transparent Classroom offers you an on-demand window into the lessons and classroom life of your child.

Community

Educating a child to grow up into a happy, thriving, engaged member of our culture really does take a village. The Montessori approach works best when manifested in a whole community of like minds, each of which shares a vision of children joyously learning, growing, and developing independence within a supportive network.

We offer regular events to foster such a community: coffee chats with the school staff for informal discussion; seasonal events to bring all the school's children, staff, and parents together; parent education events to deepen everyone's thinking about childhood; and open houses to share the school community with new families.

Our school fosters a directly connected body of parents — a diverse body of parents who are united by a deep care for their children.

Convenience

A great school offers the incredible resource of a trusted partner for parents in the education of their child. The simplest way to amplify that resource is to offer more of it: to offer it at flexible hours so that you can access a trusted, caring partner during days and times when you need us the most.

At Guidepost, we offer an extended school day program, where children thrive in the Montessori approach all day long. Early morning and late afternoon times offer children the downtime and free time they need in order to assimilate all that they have learned during the school day. Each child can find time to develop interests outside the classroom with expert guidance, and to explore an environment rich with opportunities.

With our extended care program, each child can find time to play in an environment rich with opportunities to explore and develop interests outside the classroom, all with expert guidance.

To ensure that parents can rely upon a consistent social and recreational experience in a warm and expert school setting, our extended day schedule is offered inclusively with the cost of our programs: there is no extra charge for morning and afternoon extended day hours.

In addition, extracurricular programs are offered during the afternoon extended day, after class time is over. Parents and children can choose from a wide variety of optional activities designed to spark your child’s passion in some way.

Guidepost Montessori runs year-round. We know that we need to be available as a support for your family, so we minimize school closure days as much as we can. For enrolled families, a full calendar will be available on our Parent Portal.

Our typical school day runs from about 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, depending on the program. However, because we believe so strongly in supporting a partnership between home and school for families needing greater accessibility, our all-inclusive tuition price includes the option to utilize our extended day program. This means that your family can drop off as early as 7 AM and pick up as late as 6 PM.

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