The Melissa Area Chamber of Commerce recently held groundbreaking ceremonies at the new Pinnacle Montessori Melissa.

A large crowd turned out to watch Melissa city officials and owners Preetha Pandian and Krishna Fhaskar along with Pinnacle franchise CEO Kaki Reddy break ground at the new Melissa location at 2233 Sam Rayburn Highway.

Pinnacle Montessori Academy at Melissa, Texas is a private, year-round, Montessori school for children ages 6 weeks to 9 years.

“We at PMA provide an ideal learning environment based on the Montessori philosophy of education,” school officials said in a press release. “Hands on learning is emphasized throughout the curriculum in a non-competitive and yet challenging environment consistent with each child’s ability to develop thus helping each child to grow into independent, self-assured adults ready to take on the challenges of life.”

The developers are moving ahead with construction work and have said they hope to open the school by late spring of next year.

“(We are) Looking forward to working with families in Melissa and having a great learning environment for our children,” officials said.