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Explorations Preparatory School

Private | PK-8 | 125 students

Our school is best known for advanced curriculum and focus on math and science.
 
 

 

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.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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Posted 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


Posted October 6, 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


Posted October 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 26% 4%
Hispanic 7% 51%
Black 4% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(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 1.7% of schools, ITBS test scores (2014)
  • First place finish in Writing - PSIA State Tournament (2014)
  • Six top finishers (top 6) - PSIA State Tournament (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning 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
Clubs
  • Dance club: ballet, tap
  • Drama club

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Andrea Slaughter
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • 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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

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

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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 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
18
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
40
Students typically come from these schools
Spanish Schoolhouse
DKH Academy

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$6000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
iSchool High - STEM
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1501 Flower Mound Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Phone: (972) 539-0601

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