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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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