LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Applications are already being accepted at Little Rock's Urban Garden Montessori, a brand new elementary school set to open downtown this fall.
The school is the brainchild of Vera Chenault, who will open the school in a temporary, undetermined downtown location for the first two years with hopes of moving into a permanent space in 2016. "For the 2014-2015 school year we're going to have grades Pre-k through 4th grade," Chenault said. "Then in 2015 we're going to open up the rest of our grades."
The mother of four has set her sights on an empty, 44,000 square foot warehouse on Garland Avenue for a permanent school building and plans to add a playground, commercial kitchen, and rooftop garden over the next two years pending a feasibility study. "We've been able to look at what does Little Rock need, what are our parents looking for, and what are some of the opportunities in downtown Little Rock and really build the school around that," Chenault added.
Part of tuition will be covered through a number of grants. Those grants will also be used to fund construction. Chenault said she's already hired teachers for the upcoming school year and former Parkview Principal Linda Brown is serving on the board of directors in preparation for a new high school in 2015.
For more information on the Urban Garden Montessori visit: http://www.ugmontessori.com/