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.
White Rock North is a wonderful school, true, long lasting experience speaks stronger than anything else. I have two children at this school, 5 and 2 1/2, they have both been there since six weeks old. My children are very well behaved, evenly disciplined, incredibly smart, sweet, and fun children. The negative comments and opinions are strictly that, opinions. The owner, director and administration are amazing and will go out of their way to accommodate you and your child while your child learns one year ahead in the regular private school manner. It is funny to me that one of the negative comments below mentions how easily they will kick your child out of school in the same sentence that states the school is only after your money, this is an ignorant contradiction. Any negativity I have ever heard of from this school lies within the problems of the parents themselves.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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