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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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 $$.
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.
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.
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.
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
We have had our son at this school for a year and now have our daughter there and have been very pleased with everything about the school. I have been surprised to read so many negative reviews but also noticed that most of these are several years old so my guess is that someone listened and made changes. This summer, my son took swim lessons and overnight, the difference in his ability was remarkable. I hesitated to enroll him because of the cost but was so impressed we signed him up for several more weeks. All of the teachers have been wonderful and the administration has been great, as well. Everyone knows every parent and child by name. My son and now my daughter have learned so much in a short amount of time.
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!
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