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9727 White Rock Trail
Dallas, TX 75238

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3 stars
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August 17, 2014
I posted one of the previous 5 star reviews about a year and a half ago. Since that time my opinion of the school has changed completely. The communication from the administration is horrible and often times confusing and contradictory. There is no flexibility and they always act as if the parents are the basis for all of the problems at the school. The administration is the most patronizing group of women. I still give the school two stars because all of the administration problems do not spill into the classroom. Our children still receive excellent care and education. And we have enjoyed all of the families we have met there but I am counting down the days until we leave.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
This is an amazing school and they do an excellent job nurturing and educating the children and grades of all ages. After over 6 years at this school, I truly have nothing but good things to say about the staff and experience. You will feel part of a family here in a place where you can always voice concerns and see results. Both of my children have tested, each year, two or three years ahead of their grade. The smaller class sizes are a plus for the children's learning atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
This is one of the great small schools in Texas. My granddaughter has had an amazing experience here for the last 3 years. The kids are taught so much more than academics. They are really good people that run this school. Trust me, as a grandma, check it out.

- submitted by a community member
March 30, 2014
I agree with some of the other reviews that the school is really a day care. We were underwhelmed with the quality of the education at the grade level. Turnover with teachers and hard to work with owners. It's a family-run business trying to compete with more top notch schools (public and private) in the area. Ultimately, we moved our son. Once we did, we realized the deficiencies in curriculum - he was quite behind in 2 core subjects but was able to catch up academically and socially in the right setting.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
Our son attended White Rock North from 4th grade until he graduated as a 6th grader. As an entering student, he was more than a year below reading level and about 18 months behind in math. By the end of his first year at White Rock North, our son was testing at post high school levels for vocabulary and had caught up in math. This school was truly a blessing for us.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
My son started the PreK program as a 5 year old this year. As an educator in the area, I knew what was expected in public kindergarten and felt my son's previous school was not readying him enough for that, so we enrolled him in WRNS. I am an alum of WRNS and have known the principal and program for many years. I cannot tell enough people enough good things about the PreK program! His academics have soared! His previous behavior probelms are not as frequent and are handled in a positive way and are communicated to us daily. The principal, director, and his teacher worked closely with us when his breathing treatments in the morning were the culprit for his misbehaviors and now he is successful the majority of the days! I am so pleased with this program, the teachers, the curriculum, and the success we are seeing in him!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
I credit White Rock North with my son's development. from the moment he entered the corner cottage, their nurturing and attentive staff helped my son thrive in a social, academic setting. I honestly don't know what our lives would be like without this school and the amazing teachers. They are phenomenal and truly love my child and want to see him develop. The principal and staff are easy to talk to, and take a very tailored individual approach to development. I will send all of my kids here!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
My son started at WRNS for summer camp, he had so much fun with all the activities, so I decided to enroll him for 2013/2014 school year, I couldn't believe how much my son has changed in a positive way, when he came to WRNS he was reading and doing work on a 1st grade level (he is in 3rd grade) within a month he started reading and doing work on a 2nd grade level, now he is on 3rd grade level, he seems so happy and comfortable, the way they care and understand my son makes me so happy, just to see my son loving to go to school is a great feeling I suggest this school to everyone, you will be happy and satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
I am so disappointed with White Rock North School. My son attended this school until October of 2013. He enjoyed the summer program, however as soon as the school year started his entire demeaner and attitute changed. I talked to the principal and she said she would observe my son. In the half hour she spent in the classroom with him she determined he was ADHD and advised me to give him soda's to counteract the hyperactivity. I was floored and alarmed. I also found out that the prek teacher seated my son away from his classmates and had labeled him a "problem". My son has been traumitized by the time that he spent at White Rock North. He is not in a loving environement and is receiving therapy for the trauma of attending this school. Save the mental health of your children and go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2013
We've been truly disappointed with WRNS. The other posters here have shared the school is essentially a day care versus a grade school. I agree wholeheartedly. High turnover with teachers, classes dwindling and it's not very professionally run. For the dollars and issues we've had to endure, we are moving on.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
The administration at the school can be very difficult to work with. I have had children attending the school since 2008 but can no longer overlook the negative feelings about the scool. The staff (excluding room teachers) give the impression that they are doing you a favor working with your kids and have even yelled at parents. I understand strict adherence to rules, but when working with small children and lots of different families, a little flexibility goes a long way.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Our daughter started kindergarten this year at White Rock North. We are so pleased with her progress within such a short period of time. The school is providing a quality of education that has far exceeded our expectations. WRNS has a great mix of enthusiastic teachers, dedicated administration, and involved parents. The school provides a safe and caring environment that we feel completely comfortable sending our daughter, and future children to. Her face is priceless when she comes home with vegetables that she picked out of the school garden. We know she is at the right school when she wakes up every morning excited to go to school! Dance, swimming, and roller skating are just a few added bonuses to this amazing school. We look forward to the years ahead!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
My son has been at white rock north since he was 12 months old. We have had nothing but great experiences there. They have an indoor pool, skating rink, they are now using ipads in the classroom as well which is a wonderful opportunity for children to get familiar with using technology. The children are learning one grade ahead making the school stand out academically. The school recently updated their security by installing fencing and require picture ID's before the child is released. They also have a garden where the children harvest their own veggies that are in turn cooked by the onsite chef. The activity center has been updated as well and now has an Xbox 360. The staff is helpful and encourage parent involvement. All in all I would highly recommend this establishment to any and everyone! -Lindsay Faries

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
I get to see the results of White Rock North 2 or 3 nights a week as my grand children come to our house after school. The homework they are assigned and the projects they engage in are serious and appropriately demanding. Additionally the periodic music programs they perform are the best I've seen in 30 years of attending school programs. When you add the supplemental things they do with gardening and their continuing investment in technology upgrades you can see an exciting environment being built over the last year.

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2013
White Rock North School is located in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas, TX. It is an excellent school providing infant care, pre-school and elementary classes. My grandchildren attend Kindergarten and 3rd grade. I am very pleased with the academic progress that they are achieving. I attribute that to the outstanding teachers and the individualized attention that the children receive in the classrooms. The principal, Mrs. Amy Adams ensures that the school provides a very warm, caring, supportive, and educationally stimulating environment where children can learn and grow. There are swimming classes, tumbling classes, dance classes, and roller skating, just to mention a few of the extras offered at the school. What more could you ask for!

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2013
White Rock North School is an excellent place to send your infants, toddlers, pre-K, and graders. My son started in the Corner Cottage as an infant and is currently in the 3rd grade. The time he has spent at this school has been a blessing. He has received a fundamentally sound education, and the environment lends to reinforcing manners, self confidence, and individuality. From top to bottom the administration and staff are motivated to providing a safe and stimulating atmosphere. They truly give the attention each child deserves. WRNS offers martial arts, swimming and dance lessons. They have beautifully maintained playgrounds, roller skating rink, activity center, and modern computer lab. The after school care, and summer camp program are topnotch! Thank you WRNS.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2013
White Rock North is a day care trying to be a private school and failing miserably. Our kindergartner went there for just a couple of months, and we quickly realized this was not the private school education we want for our child. It lacks the resources and imagination to provide anything more than some basic math and reading lessons. The administrators are highly inflexible and act as if they're doing you a favor by allowing your child to be there. They have some highly creative ways of charging you for lots of extras, too. Some of the more positive reviews on this site surprise me, but they must be from parents using the daycare only, before primary school. Anyway, if you are looking for a private school education in Dallas, keep looking. White Rock North is a total waste of $$.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2013
This very small school has good intentions, but it' administrators are inflexible and gossipy. Because the school is privately owned, there is zero recourse for resolving issues - one person's opinion can make or break your child's experience. Better curriculum for girls than boys; teachers are ill-equipped to handle the hand's on/interactive teaching needed by male students and there are no strong male role models.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2013
The pre-school is well run and young children are well cared for, but as a "school" for K - 6, this school just doesn't have what it takes. It's small, the curriculum is academic but limited and the only sport it offers is swimming. We gave it a few months but were extremely dissastisfied with the teachers and the administrators. If you're looking for a strong, well-rounded education, your money is better spent elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
As an educator and employee of WRNS it is an excellent place to be employed. The administration and staff display such great professional work ethics. The students are taught on a higher level and achive in their endeavors. Every child is unique in his or her own way and WRNS is a great school to enhance and challange the students social skills, gross and fine motor skills as well as theirs academics. I would recommend WRNS to anyone who wants their child/children to be loved, nutured and successful.

- submitted by a teacher
September 17, 2012
My daughter attended White Rock North from Pre-K to 3rd Grade and it was an incredible experience for all of us. She is now in 7th grade at another private school in the area and we were so happy that she was able to do so well on her testing. When WRN tells you they are a year ahead, they are a year ahead. My daughter was nurtured, challenged and held to a high standard that set her up for success. I see the results every day. I am so happy to hear that Amy Adams is back as the principal - I believe in her passion for the school and the children. I have recommended WRN to many of my friends and neighbors and will continue to do so! Elizabeth Britton

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
I'm honestly surprised at the poor reviews of this school. My daughter has been going to WRN since she was 6 months old and she is now 3 1/2. The administration, staff, and teachers have all been wonderful and have listened attentively and adequately responded to any issues we've ever had (which have been few). My daughter is academically WAY ahead of other kids her age and gets lots of attention from her teachers. She loves going to school every day and that itself speaks volumes. The same 10-15 other children her age have followed her from class to class as she has moved up the age levels, so there is clearly not a lot turnover. That means all the other parents are happy with WRN, as well, and every parent I've spoken to has had nothing but positive comments. WRN is truly a neighborhood gem!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
Both of our children went to White Rock North for years. The facilities are good and most teachers are great. The administration and specifically the dirctor, Ms. Keeling, however have been a constant source of frustration. We had had to deal with so many issues that we decided to take both of our children to other schools. We are tired of dealing with Ms. Keeling. She is incredibly rude, singles out children for punishment when she disagrees with parents (this did not just happened to us) and she has pushed the limits to a point where our three-year old son has developed a thorough fear of going to school. In addition, we have had several issues inside the classroom. For example, both of our children have been repeatedly hit or bitten by other children while the teachers or administration have done nothing to remedy these issues. Overall, we do not recommend this school watsoever and we know of close to a dozen parents who have taken their children elsewhere due to concerns about the leadership or rather the lack thereof. We strongly felt that we can find a better eductaion and substantially less hostile envirnoment for the money. I am happy to say that we did.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2011
Our son has been going here since he was a baby. The school has been good but according too him pre-k class was the best. We were fortunate enough to have a teacher that was outstanding! She was a first year teacher and made my sons year very enjoyable. He still talks about all of the things she taught him, genius! This is incredible because my son can be a handful. We will be returning for kindergarten (his teacher plays the guitar in class...very neat) this year and like that our son can keep active in p.e., roller skating (on site), swimming and the music teacher is delightful as well. I agree that the administration is lacking and that concerns could be addressed in a more timely manner, but the cost of tuition for us is consistent with the care and learning environment we feel is best for our child-I still wish my son's pre-k teacher could move to the grader building with him....she truly is a fabulous teacher. This school is good, I just hope it is fortunate enough to keep its "excellent" teachers so it can be great!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
Our experience with the school went from good to terrible. Our son was constantly moved from classroom to classroom and never had a chance to settle in anywhere with no good explanation why. Work sheets were almost always finished by staff and not our son. The place seemed under staffed and the prek teachers not properly trained. The swimming lessons seem like a great idea until you realize your paying for only 15min. The only positive thing about the school is the corner cottage and its staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
The faculty and administration have always been professional and attentive to all of our questions and concerns. They have recently completed some new additions and renovations to the facility and our kids have always been at least a year ahead of what is being taught in our public shools.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
Our experience with White Rock North has been absolutely horrible. The administration still lacks regard for parent's concerns and are rude to boot. My daughter used to love school until she got to pre-k 4. Her current teacher yells constantly and there is little if any physical activity during the day. The bring home mountians of worksheets that are not age appropriate and watch TV more than I am comfortable with. My child is complaining of being bored at school and I don't blame her. I would like to say that parent involvement is good but it is not encouraged at the school. Parents are treated poorly and talked down to by the administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
This school has been a big disappointment to myself and my family. We had two children at this school and feel the administration has no concern for our thoughts or questions. I went to principal on several occasions questioning billing and/or discipline issues and they didn't seem to care at all about my thoughts. Based on previous reviews I can now see I am not the only parent that has had concerns.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2010
White Rock North is a wonderful school with an incredible director and staff. They take care of my children as if they were their own. They have an excelled learning program and teach every child (even the ones in preschool) a year ahead. My children have been there in different grades for five years, from the time they were infants and I could not be happier. The amount of diversity is unheard of in any other school, especially starting at such a young age. they have a roller rink, music and dance program, piano lessons, a swimming pool and countless programs all year long. I have never met anyone who doesn't like this school and I can not think of another place I would ever want to send my children.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2010
I read some of these reviews and can not believe that they are talking about the same school my son goes to. I believe that every child is unique in what environment they will excell in and this school provides this for my son. It is true that they have high standards for behavor. This school is perfect for parents who would like children that know their manners. I would not recomend this school for parents who feel that their child should make the rules. They provide fun with structure in a more traditional learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2010
We've had two children at this school for over three years and love the experience. The teachers are fantastic, and the focus on education and manners really shows. I've had discussions with the administration and have found them to be reasonable and understanding. Take the time to visit and see for yourself why so many families find this school a great solution, particularly for working parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 06, 2010
Anyone who has anything bad to say about this school has not spent the time it takes to know what is good for their child. There are issues in every school, everywhere and most bad reviews come from people who have left without trying. I have had both of my girls at White Rock since 6 weeks, they are now 2 and 4, I am constantly being told how polite, smart and beyond their years they are. The curriculum is a year ahead, the teachers are awesome, the school is cleaner then any you will find and the education your child will take away is immeasurable. Ms. Keeling, Mrs. Adams and Ms. Drake are incredible and tend to our every need. The boy who calls the children to the cars when parents are there to pick up went there since preschool and he is a wonderful gentlemen. The Best School! Jen

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Our son has been at WRNS for almost three years now. We were around during Amy Adams tenure. Our son had six teachers during his first year at WRNS. We never received an answer as to why (asked in person and via email). We also received incorrect tuition invoices and our child's file was misplaced (all his info/SSN/financial info). We considered leaving. However, our son loved the school and was learning so much. Over the last year, WRNS has seen many changes. Since Amy Adams departure, the school is running much smoother. We have not had any paperwork issues or problems obtaining information. The teachers send home regular reports and information. We could not be happier. For about a year I did not recommend the school. I can fully recommend the school now. The teachers have continued to be the strong backbone that makes WRNS such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2009
That anyone thinks the school is LESS homey since the admin. change is crazy. I have a grader in the school as well as a younger child and BOTH are getting educated in spades. They LOVE the school and actually WANT to go there every day (unlike the local 'exemplary' public school nearby). I only wish my older child had gone here sooner (was in a daycare and we didn't know that KG was the new 1st grade!) If my older child had the pre-k education my younger child is experiencing now, they most likely would have been fine. The class size is amazingly small and the curriculum FAR better than what they were learning in public (more repetition, which is the seed of learning, etc. and not just moving on to the next thing b/c beaurocrats want them to.) If you're truly worried about EDUCATION, it's difficult to find any better.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
Love it, Love it, Love it....I live in the Park Cities and unfortunatley there are very few full-time infant/toddler programs in my neighborhood. The HPISD schools are accelerated and I am very confident that my child is getting a jump start on most the children in my area that attend a Mommy's Day Out program 2 or 3 times a week. My daughter is almost two and sings abc's, knows all the colors and shapes, counts 1-12 and even says the days of the week and months of the year. August to May is a normal teaching year, but June ans July they have a terrific camp program with field trips, swim days and other fun activities. The pricing is just amazing for what you get! I have not found a school in the area that comes close in comparison.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
Our family has been at WRN for many years and witnessed many of the changes in the administration of the school. What has remained consistent is solid academic core curriculum (which is a year ahead of many of the other schools in the area) and the individualized attention our child has received. Our child loves to go to school everyday, and the extras like Ginger the horse who likes carrots and apples and the rollerskating on-site make it irresistable to almost any child. We feel so lucky to have found such a unique and wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2009
There has been a remarkable change in the school since Mrs. Keeling took over as director. The level of professionalism with which the school is now run is a fantastic turn-around and provides much welcome leadership that is proactive, approachable and effective. This is a gem of a school tucked away in the big city, and the family atmosphere, unique activities,caring and dedicated staff, and reasonable tuition rates set it apart from others. It is clear that the school's focus on structure, learning, arts and music, social interactions, physical activity, and manners have made a difference for our girls. When I think back to the frantic day that we found WRNS while needing to make a surprise childcare change, I am so thankful that WRNS could accomodate both of our children on extremely short notice. My only regret is that we did not come to White Rock North sooner.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2009
The new Director of the school along with the owner Mrs. Adams are doing a fantastic job. There is much more organization and calm in the school since Amy Adams the previous principal left. All of the teachers and staff have every child's interest at heart. The school offers a very professional, loving, warm and caring environment. The office staff is outstanding and cares about every child in the school. Come see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2009
We have been very active parents at WRN for many years. Our child has received a wonderful education and has been nurtured and supported way beyond what a school is required to do. We love the teachers - they are very committed and a great group of educators. We miss Amy Adams - and yes, while the office is more organized, with the passing of Mr. Adams and Amy gone - what we originally loved about the school is missing. We can go to many other private schools for great academics, but the loving, warm, caring environment is not what it was and it makes me very sad. I hope that this precious school is able to regain in the future what it has been in the past.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
My children have been going to WRN for 3 years. I don't think I will be sending them back next year because of all the political issues with the office. It is not the same since Amy Adams left and Mr Adams dies. The people that are runing the school now don't seem to have the children's best interest at heart. It use to have a family environment and great energy now it is very cold.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 13, 2009
Our child has been at White Rock North School for the last year. This school is great. They combine the perfect mix of physical, emotional and social activities for active children. Everyone is always friendly and the administration is top notch. Our energetic son loves it! (At four and a half years old he's reading and communicating at a six year level.) Ms. Keeling is the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 11, 2008
My two-year old started at WRN over the summer. I am so pleased with the teachers and the education she is getting, she sings, knows her letters and numbers and many other things she never worked on at ther previous shcool (a daycare) for about the same tuition. She loves her teachers and talks about them often. We are staring our infant there in the new year.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
White Rock North is now run by a new, wonderful director and the original owner of the school. My 3 year old and 11 month old have been there they were 6 weeks old. White Rock has to be one of the best private schools in Dallas. The academics are serious, even for a three year old but there is structure and love and fun everywhere. There are so many special things for the children, a pool with lessons, a horse, three playgrounds, a roller rink and incredible caring teachers that will feel like family. Besides all of this my 3 year old is definitely at least a year ahead of children her age when it comes to socializing, listening and intelligence. This is a fabulous school that teaches valuable lessons and unequalled skills every day.

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no rating August 01, 2008
There are some wonderful teachers at this school. However, I agree with the post below that the low enrollment at the grade school has brought down the quality of the entire school. They need to scrap the entire grade school and focus on the preschoolers where the bulk of their enrollment is. They have 10-15 kids total in grades 1-6 who occupy a big, spacious new building, but they cram 15 three yr olds into tiny windowless rooms in the old building. And the 'Corner Cottage' is even worse. We will not be returning this year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 05, 2008
We were quite disappointed in the school's grade school last year and have decided not to return. I believe the school's grade school has suffered with low enrollment. 2-4 children per grade, for example. The administration is difficult to work with and we found they didn't keep regular office hours during school hours. I believe the school has problems keeping the best teachers. Over the last 2 years, our favorite and most qualified teachers went on the other schools each year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2008
I can't say enough about how well run the summer program at this school is! My kids never want to leave at the end of the day! Ilove that the kids are challenged and still have fun. I never thought we'd give up Lakewood , but I'm in love with this school and how much the staff really love the kids! We're attending the school this fall.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2008
I had my son here since he was 11 months old. My son now 13 years old misses the school something bad. This is his first year being gone and wishes he could return. This school is like a tight knit family even a year later and I still get the calls asking ' how is he doing?' I couldnt have asked for a better school and experience. Yes, you do run into some problems from time to time. However, everyone will take the time to sit down with you and talk whatever your concern is out. Had this school been so bad as some have written.... as a single, high maintaince mom I would have never left my child here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 07, 2008
We love our principal! Mrs. Adams always looks out for the best interest of the students even when her decisions aren't popular. She always has so much energy and the families love her for it. She visits the classes daily and believe it or not, she knows all 400+ students... and their parents!

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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2007
We have been very disappointed in the grade school this year, particularly in the way the school is run. Several parents and I have tried to discuss these issues with the head of school this year, but when she's approached, she's either too busy with her swim classes or pushes off parent concerns to 'difficult' parents. High teacher turn over and a dwindling student population should be red flags to the administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
My son has attended WRNS for three years now and I can say that I am very pleased with this school and the outstanding staff

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
I am a WRNS alum and was excited to have my son attend the Corner Cottage, etc., but was disappointed by (lack of) discipline and overall safety and left. Poor administration, thanks to a principal who, while has the credentials (apparently), completely lacks tact with parents or sincerity/concern for the school's staff and children. We loved most of the teachers, but some weren't qualified or completely 'with it'. I'm looking elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
The preschool and cottage are awesome. My 2 year old can recite the pledge of allegiance, count to 20+, knows more nursery rhymes than I do, etc. I'm not a private school snob (then again, I was raised on long island where they're not very needed). My son goes to public school nearby. But, I wish I had him enrolled there when he was young. It would have made a major difference when he started kindergarten in RISD. We can't afford private and moved to an area with good public schools (right near White Rock North). But, rest assured, your kids are getting a good education at White Rock North.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
Regarding the parent who posted that she had a good eperience with her child in the corner cottage and wished her other child could attend the WRN grade school, there's a big difference between the day care versus elementary school. In my estimation, WRN is not equipped to handle children beyond kindergarten. Day care is one thing, but I'd look elsewhere for school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2007
We were very disappointed to arrive at school and find that our favorite teacher and head of the grade school had left. We really believe that she was the reason that the school was so good and we would not have returned if we had known that she would not be there. We have no option but to stay this year but we will not be back next year. Poor management, unhappy parents, sad children and dissatisfied teachers=a negaitive school experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
I have had a child at this school for four years and until this year was very happy. Unfortunately, management problems and a lack of guidance from the principal have lead to many, many unhappy parents and unhappy teachers. The quality of instruction is suffering due to the general negative atmosphere and also due to the dis-satisfaction of the staff. I have no choice at this time but to find another school to move my child to. I regret having to make this decision but I feel that this school is not able to provide my child with what she needs at this time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2007
Teachers are excellent at this school. Caring and loving environment. My child loves to swim and skate at this school. Disgruntled parents exist in every school. I have been very pleased with my experience at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2007
The school's enrollment is dwindling due to a mostly absent principal, dissatisfied parents, several recent teacher departures (including a really stellar director of the elementary school) and inconsistencies with what the administration told us during enrollment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 23, 2007
I believe the school does not operate the way it's marketed on the school's web site or during school tours. When we brought up minor issues or concerns about activities, safety, continuity in the classroom due to high teacher turnover, our questions fell on deaf ears. I also agree with the recent posting about cleanliness as well. The front office and other play areas are in disarray; it's organized chaos. However, I will say our teacher's classroom reflected her -- clean and orderly.

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August 22, 2007
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no rating August 22, 2007
Cleanliness is an issue. There never seemed to be soap in the classrooms or bathrooms. Teacher concerns fell on deaf ears! 3 year olds doing pencil and paper work instead of hands on acitivies like sand/water play, nursery ryhmes, fingerplays, etc. is not appropriate. Children need social, emotional and physical stimulation. The general lack of respect for teachers' time, families and sanity is sad. Also when children are sick there is no nurse; nor do they send out alerts!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2007
I am an alumni of this school and made a very conscious decision to send my kids back to my alma mater. I would challenge anyone to fill Mrs. Adams' shoes and try for just one day to juggle all that she does. Better yet, come in and be a part of making this great school even better. Any parent that thinks she's unapproachable must not really know her. She keeps me laughing all of the time and I find it charming that she taught me and is now teaching my kids!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
Unique campus with great academic programs...well above that of a public school. A lack of organized sports is easily overcome by involvement in the community sport association. Parent involvement can be lacking, but that's at their own choice. The school is family-run BUSINESS and has been around for 40+ years...I think that speaks for itself. The principal does a fine job with the ever changing environment (turn-over). But, you can always go pay 25-50% more in tuition for your child to attend a religious private school sans horse, pool, skating rink. Or, just keep paying your taxes and send your child to the local public school...again, sans horse, pool, and skating rink. I'm pleased with my experience at WRN, to say the least. I can't say the same for the parents I've met here. Very demanding group of individuals (perhaps they should open their own schools).

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
It was with great sorrow that I learned the excellent head of the upper school would not be returning for the 2007 school year. I have had children at this school for five years and have been overall very satisfied. I believe that the head of the school was almost wholly responsible for the quality of the teaching staff and the curriculum and for the wonderful safe and homey atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
We believe, the WRNS family business gets in the way of this school realizing its full potential. Apparently it wasn't this way 40 years ago when it began, but generations change. I'm yet another disgruntled parent who is now forced to look at other schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2007
As a parent of a former WRN student, I can tell you that I tried to be involved, but the school often gets in the way of keeping strong teachers and other decisions that would benefit the school. This has not been a great back to school so far.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
White Rock North School has been a complete disappointment to my husband and me. Overall, the quality of the education is just not there for the tuition dollars. We thought our kids would have more advantages by attending a small, private, family-run school, but we have found a much better school experience with our local public school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
Completely agree - poor, poor administration and prinipal leadership. Common themes here.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2007
We were at this school for a while. I have to say that we believe that the negative reviews of the administration more accurately represent our experience. At first we thought that the negative vibe here was just a few folks, but over time we came to realise that it is the general consensus. The class size does contribute to the positive teacher feedback, but we felt that our children's social development was severely hampered . The negative reviews should serve as a warning.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 09, 2007
Have been at White Rock for 5 years. My son graduated last year and he and his classmates scored very highly on the entrance tests that they took to get into Junior High. Excellent academics! My daughter in 2nd Grade is working a grade level ahead and achieving excellent grades. This is a very safe, nurturing school with great teachers and an excellent PE and Music program. The families are great, very involved with their children. The school is affordable, meals are excellent, and the after school program is very convenient for working parents. Discipline is good. Tour the school and see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
Have been at this school for a while and there are some great teachers and some not so great. The administration is terrible. It's a shame because the school is potentially great. Wish someone else would buy it and turn it into a good school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
White Rock starts off great first impression, but it doesn't last for the long run. Good teachers, the low cost, and location are appealing, but I was greatly dissatisfied with the quality of the administration and the principal's ability to lead the school. I think this severely hampers the school's future. We were initially attracted to the school's curriculum like art, Spanish, music and swimming. (There are no athletics, however.) I found the teachers were above average. They were genuinely excited about the students. We were forewarned about the administration but discounted it at first. Unfortunately it proved to be an issue for us like many other parents. Why take the risk with our child's educational success? We moved on to other options.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 22, 2007
My daughter absolutely loves going to school! She has two of the best teachers; Ms. Gran and Ms. Susan ( there is a 3rd teacher, but we just met her). It is apparent that these two teachers love their job and love the children! I have seen such an awesome change in Madelyn's behavior, vocabulary, and her overall abilities to communicate with us. She is two 1/2 years old and she and the rest of her classmates can say the pledge of allegiance, tell the name of the school and where it is at, tell what city and state they live in, and more. If you have a child who is about to turn 2, then I would, without hesitation, recommend that you have the pleasure, and experience of having these two wonderful people as your child's teacher!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
I can't say enough about White Rock North Private School. It is wonderful because the children work ahead of there grade level and they are very polite. Everything is great about this school, my 2 kids go there now and are so sad that they have leave for the summer. Not for long they also have a wonderful summer program. I love this school and will keep my children there for as long as I can. :)

- submitted by a former student
April 27, 2007
It's important for any parent to understand that yes, there are some wonderful educators at the school. We moved on to another school after too many negative experiences with the head of school and the teachers' hands were always tied by the management. It's a shame.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2007
I beg to differ, I think the principal cares a great deal about the students.My daughter had a wonder experience, and I love the class sizes were small and the home room teacher was wonderful. Rena Lawrence

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2007
When we were there, we were frustrated with the lax approach to security (high foot traffic in and out of the building with little to no supervision on who was in and out of the school).

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2007
The director of the elementary school is strong however there are a lot of issues with the principal's leadership as others have noted. The class size seems to have gotten smaller (combined grades in the same classroom).

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
Despite having a few excellent teachers, the principal brings this school to new lows. Unfortunately for students and parents, the few good teachers that they have are severely overshadowed by those ultimately in charge. If I were you, and I was you at one time, I would dismiss this school as a possibility and pursue any other option that you have.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
We didn't last long at this school. The principal has no business being in this environment. None whatsoever. I would warn parents to look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
The Elementary School teachers are incredible and they are led by a great head of department. parents are kept informed through a Monday letter from the teachers. My son's teacher is young but very knowlegable and very committed and she has grteat discipline. The curriculum is very challenging and the children are required to work hard. The annual science, history and art fair is excellent. The children are rewarded for hard work every 6 weeks and the reward system of gaining Mustang bucks to spend at the school store is very motivating. There is an after care program. The school is safe and parental involvement is welcomed.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2007
It's a decent school -- the teachers are the real differentiators. We've been attending for a year now. And it's nice that Mr. Adams, the founder, is still there. He seems to make a difference versus the headmaster, his daughter. I have seen people and even staff struggle with her and her decisions about the school. (We have had issues as well.) The enrollment is not always what the people in the front office say it is. In the grade school, there are several grades that are combined and their new 7th grade has only one student. But, again, there are some really excellent teachers (and families) there.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2006
My daughter has attended White Rock for just over a year, and overall White Rock is a wonderful learning environment. I concur with the other reviewers who have noted that the principal and certain office staff can be a distraction. However, in light of the wonderful leadership given by Ms. Debbie and the fantastic teachers, I still believe that the school is one of the best learning opportunities available. I would note that the pre-school program has the same closing dates as the regular school which may make this program difficult for some working parents to utilize.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2006
Our daughter has been at WRNS for several years in the elementary department & we love this school! Ususally those that are the least involved are the most demanding. People that are quick to criticize Mrs. Adams, the principal must not know her. She loves & cares for the kids, challenges them & makes them a priority. She's very knowledgeable about education, not to mention that she's really funny! She still teaches classes, becaue she loves the children & I don't know many principals of a school of 400 that teach anything any more. Get to know Mrs. Adams and you will know exactly why so many families are proud to tell others that their children attended this great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2006
Our child attended wrns for preschool. The music program was wonderful. Dance, swimming, and roller skating is all offered at this school. This is a great school for working parents. However, there was alot of turnover for the teachers. Our child had 4 teachers in 5 months span. The head of school is somewhat unprofessional. Otherwise, this is a great school for working parents.

- submitted by a former student
October 03, 2006
Our son loves his teachers, who are very warm and loving. The toddler program is structured but still fun. However, we plan for him to attend a different school beginning in kindergarten. We feel that leadership of a school creates the attitude & culture and unfortunately, their leadership is not inspiring.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2006
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July 14, 2006
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June 12, 2006
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April 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2006
We had three very happy years at WRNS and we were reluctant to leave. The teachers are so supportive and caring. Financial hardships made it impossible for us to continue at the school as there is no financial aid program. The school would however be better off without the current management team. The principal is ineffectual and the office staff are often unapproachable. When you get past all of this, the teachers are warm and welcomeing and if we could have afforded it we would have stayed.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Excellent Grade School staff and a great curriculum which is advanced by one year. Most children working above grade level, I believe. Excellent Science History and Art Fair. Children are encouraged to think of and assist others less fortunate with numerous outreach programs. Active Student Council. We love Art Club on Fridays.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
White Rock has been a very nurturing and loving environment for my son.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2006
White Rock North School recently opend the 'Cottage' which houses an infant/toddler program. It is a loving, fun, safe and educational environment for babies aged 6 weeks through 18 months. Their diverse staff is excellent - caring, smart, flexible. My daughter has learned so much in only a few short months and loves every minute she is there.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
Our son has been at WRNS for 3 years and we have seen a complete turn around from a kid who was failing to a 6th grader who is well above his grade level in every subject. Class sizes are small and the teachers are skilled and responsive. The music program is remarkable. My son, who was already a skilled musician gained skills as an accompanist which he would not have ordinarily had an opportunity to do for several more years in the context of private lessons. His WRNS music teacher is fantastic. The school has a small indoor pool and an indoor skating rink with skates available for the kids who dont have any. THe playground is large and shaded. Althoguh the PE program is good, there is little in the way of organized sports. Super experience for us.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2005
My daughter has attended this school for three years and has had wonderful teachers. The Pre-K and Kindergarten classes are excellent and the students are performing on a class level above. Parent involvement is high. The music program is excellent but Spanish, computer, science and art are very weak. There are extracurricular activities such as dance, gymnastics and swimming and they are good. My biggest disappointment is the administrator. She is challenging to deal with and getting a 'straight answer' can be pretty tough.

- submitted by a parent
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White Rock North School
9727 White Rock Trail, Dallas, TX  75238
(214) 348-7410
Last modified White Rock North School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
White Rock North School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 103 reviews.