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Alcuin School

Private | PK-12 | 500 students

We're best known for creating "Innovative Thinkers & Passionate Learners."
 
 

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $412,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $730.

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Posted September 30, 2014

The teachers are wonderful, that is, if you can get through the unorganized, under qualified upper management (most importantly, the director). If you are a 40+ aged parent then this is most definitely the school where you want to spend your money and where you will be treated with respect, but apparently if you are young working mother in your 30s, then you might want to stay away as the staff members turn up their noses to you. I would rather pay a million dollars for my child to be somewhere she is loved, cared for, and learning in a comfortable environment. Horrible experiences with the staff and past students & families in many instances. I wouldn't send my child here if it were free.


Posted March 27, 2014

My child attended only the upper grades - 6th through 8th and graduated from the Middle School. We could not have been happier with the teachers, the school leadership, the Montessori and IB format, and everything about the education this school offers. Too bad they had not started an Upper School yet because this education far surpasses anything we have experienced in a traditional Independent high school. Dallas is so lucky to have Alcuin as a choice in high schools starting next year; it will be one of the only private IB schools in town and I have no doubt it will be the model for IB schools everywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

Both my son and daughter attend Alcuin school. My son is in last yr of Primary and my daughter in her first yr of primary. I must say the school has far exceeded our expectations and it shows in our kids. They seem very well behaved and able to have a conversation with an adult about a variety of topics at age 3 and 5. Most importantly my kids love the school and we love the homely feel there. It seems that its been a while since someone wrote a review as the last one is from 2010. With all the good changes since 2010 and with our new principal Walter Sorenson's leadership, I can say the school has com a long way already.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2010

We had our son attend from toddler through Primary and though traditional academics are not as strong as traditional private schools, he learned much more than he would have learned elsewhere. When he was 4 years old he knew all the capitals and flags of South America, even 6th graders don't know that! Geography and Math asides from practical life and culture are their fortes, but now our son who goes to another school has very high standardized test scores, is an incredible human being, extremely well behaved and respectful, everywehre he goes people compliment that about it, and we owe it all to the character development education he received here. At least let the kids finish Primary. There was an article on Dallas Child magazine a few years back that most national leaders (CEO level positions) had Montessori training in their earlier years. What does that tell you?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

We have been at St. Alcuin for 13 years and have had an outstanding experience at every level from toddler through middle school. It is extremely important for parents to learn about and understand the Montessori philosophy in order to fully appreciate their child's education at St. Alcuin. The Montessori philosophy can make you a better parent if you make the effort to absorb it. Montessori can benefit every child, but it's not for every parent. If you want your child to develop into a self-confident, compassionate, independent, self-reliant, creative thinker who is ready to take on any challenge, this is the school for you. If you're looking for an academic pressure cooker that will teach your child to perform well on tests without thinking for him/herself, then you should look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2010

My children had excellent education here it was highly focused on individual learning and development as a traditional montessori learning environments are. My children can read and write in essay format at age six. They were able to do basic algebra and were ahead of most of their peers including ones in Highland Park. My daughter got right into Hockaday School for girls after the first testing process. Her teacher at St. Alcuin gets plenty of credit for her development. I was pleased with the primary years especially at this school. I decided to keep my son longer and he has recently been accepted to St. Marks. If you want your children to succeed and be ahead of other kids this is the place to start and go up to 8th if you wish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

St. Alcuin is an amazing and unique learning environment. It offers a Montessori-based education which nurtures the whole child. I have 2 children there- one in primary and the other in toddler. In our 4 years there, I have only positive things to say! Our teachers have been caring, responsive, fully engaged and aware of my children's progress level. As a former educator, I know my children are receiving the ultimate education. My oldest child is working years ahead of her age range and the independence that my son shows from his time in toddler is astounding! Before applying to this school, it would be best to research the Montessori philosophies. Families that are knowledgeable on this type of education have the best experience here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

the Toddler program is truly unique and the young children's curiosity is fostered. The campus is lovely and each classroom has its own garden. The parent community is energized and contributes greatly. Primary on up, the student numbers increase dramatically -- 25+ children to a class with only one teacher and an assistant who is mostly a playground monitor and doesnt teach the children lessons. In one Elementary class there were 28 kids! It's not humanly possible for one teacher to monitor closely, nuture and assess that many students who make up three different age levels. As a result, the parent/teacher conferences lack specific information on how the child is doing and the teacher is vague and defensive. If the child is having any kind of behavorial issues and the school can't resolve it, they'll freely diagnosis your child with some kind of 'problem' and suggest having them evaluated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2009

My child studied in this school for just one year in the lower elementary. More than 22 students in that class and one teacher. I do not think that my child has learned anything from this school. Done an ERB test, in the report, school average is below national average. There is no regular feedback about the student, two conferences that is it. Even when the neighborhood schools have classes this school doesnot have class. This is a money milking unit. As a montessori school there is no activity that makes him/ her independent. These kids are taking home sheets of paper for money collection from parents rather than their school work. Computerised conference reports hardly give any feedback about kids. After the second conference in March 2nd week there are no new lessons to these kids who goes to upper elementary. I will not recommend this school to anybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

St. Alcuin is an incredible place to be. It is the school I wish I could have attended as a child. The students are very happy and they love learning. When they graduate in 8th grade, they are able to attend the high school of their choice.


Posted July 26, 2008

St. Alcuin is an outstanding school! The Montessori environment allows students to be introduced to very complex concepts at a young age. My five year old is doing division and my three year is spelling words phonetically. The teachers are knowledgeable, conscientious and kind. It is a great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2008

I attended Saint Alcuin for my whole life and i enjoyed and found helpful the primary/toddler years. Every grade past that was filled with under qualified teachers, and was extremely lacking structure and discipline. I am 14 years of age and just graduated from this school. My middle school years were spent under the care of teachers so under qualified that one sudent was forced to re study 'Algebra 1' because the teacher was not able to teach him 'Algebra 2'. I would never refer this school to anyone i know.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2008

Communication with the teachers is non existent. Not a friendly environment for a child. Classes are way to big for any one on one time. My son had 33 kids in his class age 2.5 (his age) to 6. I placed him in another school and he's excelled. He's writing and learning to read at age 3! St. Alcuin is more for the parents than the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2008

We have been at St. Alcuin for 9 years, through the Toddler, Primary, and Elementary programs. Our children's experiences have been amazing...they have progressed extremely well academically, and they are becoming the self-confident, thoughtful, aware, questioning, well-rounded, self-reliant individuals we want them to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

Our family found the primary program to be wonderful, but the elementary level left little to be desired. After one year in the elementary program we moved to another school. We were disappointed with the level of academics as well as the communication with the teachers and elementary director. We also felt the after school activities were poorly planned and not worth the money.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 31, 2006

St. Alcuin is a wonderful school with a dedicated group of parents that are very involved. The school itself is very good at keeping parents informed about the various events going on at the school. However, communication with the teachers is very strict and limited, making you feel as the only time you are allowed to talk to them is during the 2 x year conferences. I had many problems with communication with one teacher, asked for my child to be moved to another classroom, only to get a teacher who was just as bad at communicating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

This is a school that impacts the whole being of the child. The true education of a citizen of the world is definitely the carefully laid out plan; beginning with the infant all the way through the middle school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2005

St. Alcuin was a wonderful school for our son, especially the Toddler & Primary years. However, his 1st & 2nd grade experience was terrible, and we transferred him to a traditional private school. There is a big difference between the quality of the Primary program & the lack of structure & feedback in the Elementary curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2005

We loved this school for our 3 year old. The school is AMI certified, and the best Montessori school that we have found (CA and TX). We loved it for preschool, but would have probably transferred after Kindergarten (we prefer more traditional approach after Kindergarten)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2005

Great school for toddler through primary, not sure about lower elememtry.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 31%
Hispanic 11% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 10% 4%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Alcuin Middle School
Out of State Schools
Various Private Schools in Dallas Area
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Walter Sorensen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • No
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMI
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (972) 934-8727

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • school sports & activities
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Girl scouts
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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6144 Churchill Way
Dallas, TX 75230
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Phone: (972) 239-1745

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