Guidepost Montessori at Spruce Tree is a growing community on a quiet street conveniently located in the Wakefield area of Raleigh. 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.
Holly Vincitorio, Head of School
Ms. Holly Vincitorio holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a focus in human services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Early in her career, Ms. Vincitorio traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to pursue an internship with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, RMHD. Upon completion of her internship, she joined RMHD full time as the Accounting Coordinator. She performed accounting and human resource tasks, and then in 2011, she dove into the development department as the Community Outreach Manager where she led special events and marketing initiatives.
Less than a decade later, Ms. Vincitorio discovered the Montessori method and fell in love. She began at Guidepost as the Assistant Head of School and a short while later was promoted to Head of School. Ms. Vincitorio enjoys spending time with her family, watching her young daughter Madelyn explore the world, reading a great book, and being outside in the fresh air.
Angel Ignacio, Assistant Head of School
Mrs. Angel Ignacio holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in child development as well as a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Washington. Mrs. Ignacio began her teaching career in a traditional school in Washington State but then discovered the Montessori method when researching educational options for her own then toddler-aged son. She quickly found that the method was a wonderful fit for her child, and she was inspired to incorporate it into her own career, which led her to Guidepost Montessori. Mrs. Ignacio and her family moved from Washington to North Carolina in 2017, and in their leisure time, they enjoy gardening, going to baseball games, and frequenting sushi restaurants.
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.
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.
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.