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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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).
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.
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