at Craig Ranch

Tours & Events
Craig Ranch.
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Nido (10 weeks to 16 months)
Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)
Spanish immersion offered!

6800 Bountiful Grove Dr, McKinney, TX 75070 US
Alba Olivas
At Guidepost Montessori Craig Ranch, we want every family that comes through our doors, to feel as if they have entered their second home. We strive to create a warm and inclusive environment serving children from ten weeks through six years old. Through our prepared environments, children have the freedom to thrive in independence, socialization, language, and math skills.
Alba Olivas . Head of School
Tours & Events

what makes us stand out.

How is the Guidepost Montessori approach different from conventional education?.

At Guidepost, we join with parents on their mission to help their child grow and live well. Together, we design an education to empower each child to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence she needs to craft an independent, flourishing life.

Though there are many differences between the conventional approach and Guidepost, here are some of the most important:

Conventional Education vs Guidepost Montessori
What is the Guidepost Mission?.

At Guidepost, our mission is to support each child in achieving her own independence. To do this, we help her gain the knowledge, build the skills, and craft the personal character she needs to flourish. Above all, our goal is to cultivate joy—in the pursuit of knowledge, in effort applied to work worth doing, in the achievements of herself and others, and in taking the steps to author her own life.

Read more about the Guidepost Mission.

Learn about the key milestones we support—from infancy through high school.

Read more about why we educate for independence, and how we support independence for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children.

What are the outcomes of your programs?.

Montessori education is known world-wide for having positive impacts on both academics and social and emotional skills.

At Guidepost Montessori, when we design an environment to meet the developmental needs and interests of children alongside personalized care and support, the child can learn advanced skills at an accelerated pace.

Our students, for example, regularly learn to read by the time they’re 4-years-old and can perform all four math operations with 4-digit numbers by the end of their Kindergarten year.

The language and math skills of our kindergartners are on a par with what children in conventional programs learn in 3rd grade or beyond! What’s more, our students learn advanced academics joyfully—while simultaneously developing deep focus, self-discipline, and positive social skills.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Language Curriculum in Children’s House.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Math Curriculum in Children’s House.

Do your programs include Kindergarten?.

Yes! The third year of our Children’s House program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, is the capstone kindergarten year. In this year, the child has been well-prepared to experience an explosion of literacy, learn advanced math concepts, and use her hard-won ability to focus, problem-solve, and persist through challenges to then make advanced gains across the curriculum. Children who continue with Guidepost through Kindergarten are often well-ahead of their peers when they enter 1st grade.

Learn more about the capstone Kindergarten year at Guidepost.

Learn more about the next exciting stage: the Guidepost elementary program.

Following elementary, students continue on to our Montessori middle and high school, the Academy of Thought & Industry: a school that combines a classical liberal arts emphasis on history and great books, and a Montessori emphasis on independence and agency.

How does Guidepost partner with parents?.

At Guidepost, we want to make the best education the best for children and parents. This is why we provide year-round, extended-day programming at no extra cost, enabling consistent and uninterrupted access to the care and developmental support parents expect. We invite you into your child’s world—with daily photo and video updates, regular milestone meetings, and parent-child events that showcase your child’s progress. We work to understand your unique context and needs, so that we can provide support for milestones at home as well as at school.

In everything we do, we strive to cultivate joy as you watch your child grow!

Read about Transparent Classroom, the app that provides a window into your child’s day.

Read about recent family events such as Grandparent’s Day, a cultural celebration, and a spring celebration.

explore our programs.

Our approach is designed to empower each child to achieve independence by combining our hands-on curriculum with personalized learning to create an environment where curiosity flourishes, independence grows, and academic excellence is a natural outcome.

We want your child to see and believe: “I am capable!”

Nido .
For infants ages 6 weeks to 16 months old
For children ages 16 months to 2.5-3 years old
Children's House.
For children ages 2.5-3 to 6 years old
Spanish Immersion.
For children ages 16 months to 6 years old
Guidepost at Home.
For children ages 0 to 12 years old

what parents are saying.

Savannah Smith
Nov 15, 2023 on google
As new parents we checked out every Montessori in our zip code and immediately fell in love with Guidepost. The cleanliness, staff and way they assist their kids with development drew us in. Our baby is in the Nido room with Ms. Diba and Ms. Sandy and we couldn’t be happier! It’s an amazing feeling knowing your baby is happy, excited to go to their room in the morning and well taken care of. We also love the daily updates and picture updates that we receive throughout the day! It’s been incredible to see the independence and new skills she has learned in just a few months. I can’t wait to see how she continues to thrive! I couldn’t recommend Guidepost enough. We feel so lucky to be here!
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Kaylan VanPelt
Apr 12, 2023 on google
We have loved having our child in the Spanish Immersion class with Ms. Lucy!!! Everything about Guidepost has made us feel so good about leaving our kiddo in someone else's care for the first time. We are seeing so many new skills and the desire to be independent! We love it!
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Miss Little
Nov 10, 2022 on google
My son has been going to Guidepost Montessori at Craig Ranch for a little over a year now. He is 2.5 years old and enrolled in the toddler community. I have been very pleased with this facility. I feel assured dropping him off every morning knowing he will be in good hands, and will be loved and treated nicely when I am not by his side. I am glad I found such a place that can help me caring and providing for him during this very crucial stage of his life. Everyone I have met on the campus has been wonderful and I cannot thank them enough. All the guides and admin are so responsive to my emails and texts whenever I need something or something I need to pay attention to for the development of my son. I recommend it to all the parents in need.
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Tetiana Mehrmann
Oct 19, 2022 on google
We have been with Guidepost Craig Ranch for our son and daughter for just over a year. What attracted us to Guidepost over the many other options in the area was the beautiful, airy, spacious and CLEAN facilities, the responsive and wonderful staff that really seem to love being there and are so caring with our kids, and the extra programs they offer like music, baking, soccer, lunch program, etc. But I have to say my favorite part has been the sense of community and all the extra events they put on so that families have a chance to connect with each other and the staff. We love Guidepost and would be happy and confident to recommend to anyone we know with kids.
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discover the benefits of our spanish immersion programs.

Children under the age of six absorb language effortlessly, which is why we are pleased to offer bilingual environments. In our Spanish Immersion program, children learn both Spanish and English literacy skills, however, the prevailing language spoken throughout the day is Spanish. The overall emphasis on Spanish rapidly increases fluency, as children feel naturally compelled to communicate with their Spanish-speaking guides. Learn more about our Spanish Immersion program here

The gift of language: Spanish Immersion at Guidepost Montessori

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