Local Family Brings Unique Preschool to Sugar Land and Richmond - South Houston Moms

Class will be in session on January 4, 2023 at Ivybrook Academy, a new, one-of-a-kind half day preschool option for families in the Southwest Houston suburbs of Richmond and Sugar Land. Ivybrook Academy Aliana offers a progressive approach to early childhood education that focuses on each student’s unique style of learning. The new campus is located off Highway 99 and Harlem Road near subdivisions such as Harvest Green, Aliana, Waterview Estates and Grand Mission.

“Opening the doors of this school feels like the start of an amazing journey because we know we are providing a distinct opportunity for families in our community,” says Sarah Sagullo who is serving as Director of Enrollment for Ivybrook Aliana. “Our new campus houses a place for children to learn, explore and grow while honoring on their individual strengths. We hope this is a place where not only the little ones will enjoy coming to but also a place for parents to cultivate friendships and become involved in creating a community.”


Ivybrook Academy, based in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, is recognized for its multifaceted approach to early childhood education. By combining elements of Montessori and Reggio Emilia education with Multiple Intelligence research, Ivybrook Academy crafts a balanced curriculum with an emphasis on creating a continuous cycle of learning designed to reflect a child’s interests and needs.


Sarah is operating Ivybrook Aliana alongside her husband Paolo Sagullo and his sister Veronica Yem.  All three owners are parents, and this trio is very excited to bring such a unique preschool curriculum to their neighbors in the area.  

“When I first discovered Ivybrook, I immediately wished there had been a half-day program like this when my four children were in preschool,” explains Veronica. “Our curriculum is a perfect fit for busy young families. Building this school has been our labor of love, and the end result will be so worth all of our efforts.”


Sarah and Paolo have two boys and their younger son, Nicolas, will be one of the first students at Ivybrook Aliana. “I wish I could have gone to a school like this,” says Paolo who goes on to say, “what we love about the way Ivybrook operates is that there is a purposeful awareness to focus on a child’s social and emotional intelligence. This is not just a place to be educated it’s a place where children can grow and create a life-long love of learning.” 

Veronica, Sarah, Paolo, and the entire team at Ivybrook Academy Aliana will begin offering campus tours starting December 15, 2022. Families interested in enrolling for the current school year may contact Sarah at 832-945-1642 to schedule a personal tour and learn more about our programs for ages 18 months through pre-kindergarten. The campus is located at 10414 Harlem Road in Richmond, Texas.


“We’re thrilled another location is serving families in Texas,” says Drew McWilliams, Chief Executive Officer of Ivybrook Academy. “We are working to make our unique approach to early childhood education available to communities nationwide and strive to be wherever families need our hybrid curriculum. We look forward to watching young learners in the Houston area grow for years to come.”


You can find more information about Ivybrook Academy Aliana at  ivybrookacademy.com/aliana

About Ivybrook Academy


Ivybrook Academy opened its first campus in 2007 in Weddington, N.C. Founded by first-grade teacher Jennifer McWilliams and her husband, Drew, Ivybrook Academy seeks to provide the multidimensional opportunities students deserve in communities across the United States. 


Ivybrook Academy offers a progressive approach to early childhood education, combining aspects of the Montessori method, Reggio Emilia, and Multiple Intelligence Research. The balanced curriculum values students’ individual voices within their vibrant communities with the goal of cultivating compassionate citizens who find joy in learning. With more than 50 campuses spread throughout the country, Ivybrook Academy is committed to bringing its award-winning model to children throughout America.


For more information, visit ivybrookacademy.com.

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