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PK-8
Private
Flower Mound, TX
Students enrolled: 125
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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1501 Flower Mound Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 539-0601
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December 04, 2014
My children love Explorations Preparatory School. It is a warm, loving environment that focuses on the child. The encouragement of family involvement is awesome. We always look forward to the family field trips each year. We are always welcome on field trips, at parties, for lunch, etc. I am very pleased with the challenging, motivating, loving environment this school provides.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2014
I am thrilled to have a child attending Explorations Preparatory School. EPS is not the school down the street. Everyone in the building knows my child s name and treats her as one of their own. I love the family atmosphere as well as the level of academic exposure not explored at many schools. The other night she came home and proudly gave my husband and me an accurate lesson on solids, liquids, and gases. Her excitement in her knowledge was priceless. I appreciate the hands on learning style that makes her learning fun and engaging. I can t wait to see what she teaches us next!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2014
Both of my children have been attending Explorations for many years now, and having been a former public school teacher, I have to say that it is a phenomenal, loving, and challenging school. I am actually very shocked to see reviews that claim "bullying" at our school. I have always been impressed with how diligent the administration has been in addressing ANY behavior issues. "Bullying" is one thing that is not tolerated at Explorations, so much so that behavior like that would be/has been dismissed from the school. The teachers and administration have always had an open door policy and are always going the extra mile to make sure the students feel safe, loved, and above all, excited about learning! My husband and I are blessed that we found such an amazing school for our children. THANK YOU EXPLORATIONS!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2014
Explorations is a terrible school. My son was bullied and humiliated by teachers there, and the students are so horribly behaved that it's embarrassing. My son left and is now at public school, where he started out behind in several areas due to the lack of instruction and expectations at Explorations. Explorations boasts that it teaches "above and beyond". What a joke. The curriculum is disjointed and random. They claim their test scores are above 99%, but after questioning several parents in my child's class, not one of their children scored that high. So how is that possible? Please do your research and be warned before enrolling your child here.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2014
I have two children attending explorations. This is their 4th year. My son started in Kindergarten. He is in the 3rd grade now. My daughter had attended public school through the fourth grade and was not challenged. The public school "gifted and talented program" was only a few hours a week. Like ALL public schools... They taught to the TAKS test which has now been renamed. It is all about funding. I had to seek another option before she got so bored that she disengaged. I can tell you this school has been a blessing to my kids and to me. Not only have my kids thrived...they love going to school. The school is small enough that the kids get individualized attention. I do love that they still teach cursive writing, have a fabulous art teacher and start Spanish and French at the elementary level. So far my daughter has had fencing, tried archery for a short time, guitar and violin. The whole schools like one big family. The kids care about each other, enjoy their friendship and actually feel that the school family is an extension of their own family... And honestly... So do I. I can not imagine my kids attending any other school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
I have two students who attend this school. The eldest spent numerous years in an "exemplary" rated public school but when I could watch her being "taught to the test" no longer we opted to pay for private school. As far as I am concerned it is the best money I have ever spent on my kids. They use the nationally recognized ITBS test for benchmark purposes only and do no advanced prep for it. They lessons are challenging and the kids are expected to work hard. There have been a couple of times I was concerned that expectation were too much for the age being taught. But parental AND student concerns are met with an attitude of partnership with both administrators and teachers. Students are taught as individuals and each individual is valued for their contributions in class and to the school as whole. My eldest child is introverted and often feels overshadowed by an extroverted sibling. Since starting EPS she has found her confidence and made friends who I believe she will have for life. My only complaint about Explorations is that they do not offer classes through high school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2014
Bullying is a huge problem that teachers and administrators sweep under the rug. Academics are sub-par, and the school relies on inflated test scores that make no sense and nobody can explain. If you happen to be in the top of the academic spectrum or if you are a staff kid, then you will be chosen to do everything. If not, then forget it, you are on your own. Beware of this place!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2014
My children have gone to school at Explorations for several years. We've seen them grow socially and academically. Always impressed with the school's ability to make a small school have so many big schools experiences. They've gone on school sponsored family field trips to Vicksburg MS, White Sands NM, slept on an Aircraft Carrier in Corpus Christi, and many other places around the state and region. All trips are centered around the current theme being studied by the students. The Middle School students have their annual trip to Sky Ranch, and have gone to Washington DC and are headed to Europe in the Spring. I understand one of the Destination Imagination teams is planning a potential trip to China this year! As far as academic. not only have they placed well and won first in the state PSIA competition, but they have tested off the charts on standardized tests. Several of the middle school students took the ACT as part of the Duke Tip program and scored as well as the average senior at several local high schools! We couldn't be more pleased with our experience with the school. They've provided our children with a life long love for learning and a special place to grow!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
Our daughter attended Explorations for second and third grade. At the end of third grade we pulled her to try the new IB program in Denton. Fast forward to the end of fifth grade, middle school. Ugh middle school, one of the most challenging times physically, emotionally, and mentally. We wanted her to be in a nurturing environment, but one that would challenge her academically. We wanted her to feel comfortable, so we let her select the school. Instantly she said Explorations. When I asked her why she said "it s where I can be myself, I can like anything and I don t get teased. It s where kids can be kids; no one is worried about what they wear or how they fix their hair." The curriculum is thoughtful and creative. With such small class sizes the teachers are able to diversify the lessons in order to challenge each student differently. It s a school where 8th graders still have recess, an outdoor classroom, trees on the playground, tire swings, and picnic tables, that s right they actually get to eat outside. A place our daughter can grow, thrive, and feel good about herself. I love that Explorations provides a well-rounded education for the child!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
Our child went to Explorations for several years and it's not for everyone. While I agree with some of what was in the previous review, I would have to strongly disagree with bullying being witnessed or tolerated at this school and doubt they would pressure anyone to drug their child. Our personal experience was the education and curriculum is average, maybe a little above average if your child needs a little extra help or their personality tends to be on the introverted side. I don't feel an outgoing or gifted child would really benefit that much from this school as they do tend to encourage complacency. I personally felt my child was not developing as well socially as kids in larger, main stream environments and opted for the benefits of a larger school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2014
We witnessed bullying first hand and were told it doesn't exist at this school, so our child suffered. We were told this is an accelerated program yet the curriculum wasn't diversified to meet student needs, rather students were expected to conform to a very narrow curriculum. There were many, many work sheets decades after every good school has abandoned such a mind numbing approach to education. In a time when even mediocre schools diversify curriculum to meet the needs of students this school expects students to conform to their curriculum. This means gifted students are punished for being bored, not given the enriched curriculum they need. This school only accepts top students which makes them look good with test scores. But it isn't a good place for any child who won't be quickly molded into a very narrow vision of the world. If your child is gifted and bored they won't enrich. They will pressure you to drug them. They prefer silent compliant students. That's the greatest, saddest, tragedy of all. This is not a good school. There is no discovery, nor joy of learning here.

- submitted by a community member
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
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!

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 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
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
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
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
no rating 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
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
no rating October 09, 2009
Explorations Prep has a very interesting learning environment which encourages the students to want to learn.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 09, 2009
Exploration Preparatory School has small classes which helps create a strong bond amoung the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 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
no rating October 08, 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
no rating October 08, 2009
The curriculum is taught in a fun and exciting way for the kids. They love the hands on learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
It is a wonderful school with small classes and hand-on learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 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
October 08, 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
no rating October 08, 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
October 07, 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
October 07, 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
October 07, 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
October 07, 2009
You have never seen kids like ours who love to go to school and won't leave because they love their teachers!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
Our daughter is finishing her second year at Explorations Preparatory school, and we could not be happier with our decision. We had looked at nearly every private school in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area prior to finding this gem in our back yard. We saw schools that were bigger and some with more sparkling facilities, but none that met our needs as parents of a bright soon to be first grader. The theme-based curriculum has given her a head start on her peers and also instilled a love of learning especially in science and math. In addition to those subjects, as a first grader, she was assigned a poem to memorize and perform each week and that gave her confidence in speaking in front of a group. Learning is hands on, based on methods and lesson plans developed by great teachers, not mandated by an administrative team somewhere outside the classroom. Not only academically great, Explorations is a loving place to learn and grow. From the family field trips to learn about habitats in Oklahoma or seeing a space shuttle launch live from the Johnson Space Center in Houston to supplement the space theme, Explorations involves the entire family. The time a student spent in school is second only to the time spent at home and making the right choice is a very important one. Having a great place in Explorations has been priceless in our opinion.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
Explorations is an excellent school! We love the teachers! Explorations provides an exceptional learning experience with a thematic science-based approach. My son loves Explorations and all of the friends he has made.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
We love Explorations! The teachers are amazing and really care about the kids. Our kids work well above grade level and they love to go to school every day. We love the hands-on, thematic curriculum and that our kids are given so much individualized attention so they can soar both academically and emotionally.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2008
Explorations is an outstanding school. My son looks forward to school every day and is actually disappointed when it is not a school day. He went from dreading school (when he was in public school) to loving school and learning. If you think your child deserves better than being taught to a standardized test then you have to check out Explorations.

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Explorations Preparatory School
1501 Flower Mound Road, Flower Mound, TX  75028
(972) 539-0601
Last modified Explorations Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Explorations Preparatory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top