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Explorations Preparatory School

Private | PK-8 | 105 students

We are best known for theme-based, hands-on learning.

 

Living in Flower Mound

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $215,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,300.

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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted March 10, 2014

We echo the other exemplary reviews for EPS - we live in FM and had our daughters in Bridlewood Elementary, which is a nice enough school and seemingly top rated according to Texas standards, Texas school are apparently focused teaching to pass the State Achievement Test.... We wanted an environment that offers a more robust curriculum with a focus on developing young minds and the love of knowledge and discovery.... the tuition is relatively low @ about $9k, yr, with a 10% discount for siblings, but we would willingly pay more to insure the low student-to-teacher ratio and the excellent credentials that the instructors have earned... you get what you pay for......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

I started Explorations to give children a place to learn with joy and creativity within a family-like context. It was/is my belief that children learn best when they are excited and stimulated by their learning experiences. It makes my heart glad to know that Explorations is carrying on in the traditions I worked so hard to establish!


Posted April 7, 2011

Excellent school where children can reach their highest potential in a warm and fun, but also challenging, atmosphere. The teaching is meaningful and engaging. We are continuously stunned at what our child is learning at school-- well above grade level, and is having a great time doing it. The teachers are wonderfully nurturing, and the parents are welcoming and very nice. The director, Andrea Slaughter, is amazing! We couldn't have asked for a better school for our child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

My son is in the 2nd grade and has attended Explorations since PreK. We couldn't have chosen a better school for him and our family. He loves to go to school and we love the excellerated learning, caring and dedicated teachers and family-like atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2010

We can't say enough about how wonderful Explorations is. My daughter complained every day about going to school before we found Explorations and now she can't get to school fast enough. The style of teaching encourages children to think creatively - there is no cookie-cutter learning here. Class size is small so the teachers can cater to each child's ability. The atmosphere is warm and encouraging, the leadership outstanding. The only disadvantage is that the school doesn't go through 12th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

Our sons love going to school! Explorations is such a wonderful and nurturing environment. The Director and teachers are so imaginative in the way they teach the curriculum. Couple that with the hands-on learning and multiple field trips and Explorations cannot be beat in the Flower Mound area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

I love the one and one teaching my daughter gets at EPS. The good communication between the teachers and director with the parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

We feel so fortunate to have found this little school with such a big heart! My son wakes up so eager to go every morning and the days off he's actually sad that he doesn't have classes. We love the Science curriculum / theme based learning approach and especially the Spanish / French they get twice a week with the option for extra Spanish classes after school. The director and the teachers could not be more enthusiastic and helpful, and will do everything in their power to help the children reach their full potential. It's not about keeping the kids at the same level, as in public schools; it's about seeing how far the EPS students can go... There is no limit! The next year picks up where they left off the previous year; there are no standardized plans or tests here. We wouldn't dream of going anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

Explorations Prep has a very interesting learning environment which encourages the students to want to learn.


Posted October 9, 2009

Exploration Preparatory School has small classes which helps create a strong bond amoung the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

My son started pre-k at another school and did not do well and he did not want to go to school. We decided to try Explorations and have been very pleased. Our son now loves to go to school and is learning so much. He really enjoys the hands on learning and he loves his great teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

The Explorations school has given my son a new educational life. The public school had taken him from loving school to hating it in three weeks. Explorations has turned that around. My son is learning and loving it. I can not express how much that means to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

The curriculum is taught in a fun and exciting way for the kids. They love the hands on learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

It is a wonderful school with small classes and hand-on learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

- Small class sizes - Caring teachers - Individualized attention - Theme based curriculum - High expectations but without unproductive competition between the kids and between the parents - Fun: the kids love to go to school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

EPS strives to help children develop critical thinking skills instead of teaching to a standardized test. Every child is valued for who they are and challenged to reach for their top potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

I love Explorations Prep for their small student-teacher ratio, high level of parent/family involvement, and their awesome teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

My daughters (1st & 2nd grades) love school! Not only are they being challenged academically, but they are also being nurtured socially and emotionally. The school consists of an amazing community of teachers, parents and fabulous kids. It is everything a parent could want in a school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

The school has an exciting, theme-based approach to education that engages the students and the parents. It takes the time to know its students and tailor their eduction to their interests, strengths and weaknesses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

My kids love going to school which means everything to me. They get to learn 3 languages (English, Spanish and French). They also get to experience science, not just read about it. The icing on the cake is the incredibly creative and nurturing teaching staff. I drive 35 minutes one way for this school and it is so worth it!!
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top 1% of schools, ITBS test scores (2012)
  • State finalist for writing - PSIA (2012)
  • State finalist for maps, graphs & charts - PSIA (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Dance club: ballet, tap
  • Drama club

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Andrea Slaughter
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (972) 539-1431

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Interdisciplinary - Theme-based
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Fencing
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Fencing
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Dance club: ballet, tap
  • Drama club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
30
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
60

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.
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1501 Flower Mound Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028
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Phone: (972) 539-0601

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