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SCHOOL PROFILE
Archgate Montessori
Academy
A beautiful mix of the old and the
new, Archgate Montessori Academy
in Plano opened more than 30 years
ago but just recently rebranded with
a new name and a new logo. Called
Montessori New Beginnings Academy
until just over a year ago, Archgate has
expanded its elementary program and
now welcomes students through sixth
grade, which is part of what prompted
the name change. The campus will add
middle school grades soon as well.
“It felt like ‘New Beginnings’ was not
representative of our older students,”
says Rebecca Bernard, Archgate’s Head
of School. “To include the whole community, we looked at a rebranding
scheme. The name ‘Archgate’ pulls
from the community – there’s a street
and a park called Archgate behind the
property.”
The property Bernard refers to is 7 1/2
2
acres of land with a large green space
and creatively designed environmental
features, including a pollinator garden,
a natural playscape, a “treehouse-onthe-ground,” nature trails, a creek,
wooden obstacle courses, and music
gardens. Bernard calls it “our own little
piece of paradise.”
“We have a master gardener on
staff, and the amount of wildlife that
comes through here is just not seen
anywhere else,” she says. “We are so
fortunate; we’re able to be outdoors
year-round.”
Archgate purchased its current property about a dozen years ago, but the
school started in 1986 in a small commercial retail site, when a group of
local parents were driven to provide
a high-quality education alternative
to their children. Back then, there
were just two classrooms and about
30 students. Now, Archgate has nine
classrooms and about 165 students total – and is preparing to expand even
further. By early fall, the school will
break ground on 31,000 square feet on
their existing property, allowing them





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