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The Clariden School

Private | PK-12 | 165 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $493,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $850.

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Posted August 13, 2014

The new head of school at Clariden is exceptional! The project-based learning gives the students an opportunity to expand their learning well beyond the classroom to real world issues within our global community. The breadth and depth of learning is well beyond a traditional education and rivals other top private institutions.

Posted August 8, 2014

The Clariden School has been perfect for our family. To begin, the campus is beautiful. It is situated on what looks like 30+ acres right across from Bob Jones Park. It was very important to my husband and I that our child attend a safe and secure school. We were very pleased when we learned that each door is lock/key card secure, while a camera monitoring system is always running. Our child really flourished last year. I was so awestruck with the efforts that so many teachers put into making a difference in our girl s daily life. Previously, we had not had that type of experience, it really takes a village! We are very impressed with the new technology rules. Art was a big hit for my child last year and she absolutely loved the athletic director. My child was able to sample an array of sports and even taught me a few yoga moves. Thanks Mrs. Russness! Beyond all the fun stuff, what amazes me is that each day when I pick her up from school she will not stop talking about all that she learned or did. I just do not remember school being this engaging or fun. We are so pleased with our daughter s experience at Clariden. We plan on staying until she graduates.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2014

I think the misconceptions and negative reviews have quite a bit to do with the binding arms of the AMI Montessori governing group. I have never felt lied to but I have done my homework... The "bate and switch" is a bi-product of the Montessori philosophy in that the well-meaning teachers believe in great things, hope them for the students, but are stifled by the unrealistic, antiquated Montessori tethers the AMI folks tout as curriculum. I love the physical grounds of this lovely place, the AWESOME staff, and now, under Mrs. Wells leadership, I believe the curriculum (a mix of different, researched, and progressive modalities) will take off and catch up to our global community of learners. Expect wonderful things from Clariden! I certainly do.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 28, 2014

Check This School Out, Very Progressive. My two children are enrolled in Clariden and they are both thriving. It is my understanding that the new head of school, Sallie Wells, has removed the old way of thinking to incorporate new and exciting approaches to education. While the AMI standards of the past were fine, they ignored technology, grades, and basic Texas standards. My children are looking forward to next year. Besides bringing their iPads and computers, they will participate in writing seminars, have a music class with real instruments, and participate in NASA's robotic competition! These things were previously not allowed my AMI standards. We are very excited about the changes at Clariden and appreciate the hard work of the faculty, staff, and head of school in getting us there! Change can be scary, but our children are worth it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 28, 2014

We love Clariden. A private school, in my opinion, works with your family and vise versa. The teachers and staff have always gone above and beyond to ensure that my child loves school, and she does. She wakes up and wants to go to school. For my family, that speaks volumes. I highly recommend Clariden.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 28, 2014

Just concluded our sixth year at Clariden and looking forward to our seventh. We absolutely love the changes that are taking place. My children are receiving a quality education, while thriving socially. The Clariden School is promoting a life-long love of learning in all of them. We could not be happier at other school in Southlake. I recommend a visit.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 27, 2014

Do NOT enroll your child in this school if you value good education and great educators. I had enrolled my two children in the Casa and Primary program at this school this past year and was absolutely disgusted by the lack of teaching, horrible administration. It is truly a bait and switch approach, you will be told whatever is needed to get you to enroll your child in the school, and after that the program may change, and the education is definitely sub-par. There are so many amazing private schools in the DFW area, please do your research and spare your child this school. I attended private school myself, and went on to an IVY League, I never post online, but with this horrible education experience for my children, if I can even spare one child it will be worth it. I urge you to read posts from parents and not administration. This past year was a waste for both my children (I think a daycare would have even been better), I regret that I fell for what the administration told me to get me to enroll. The teachers did not care if my child was learning or just walking around doing nothing, there is not structure, and lots of fluff talk by teachers. STAY AWAY FROM CLARIDEN!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2014

I work in the administration department at The Clariden School and only have good things to say about the teachers, staff and new Head of School, Mrs. Sallie Wells. We have a warm community of wonderful educators who really enjoy their jobs. They love children! They love teaching! It seems there is some misinformation regarding Mrs. Well's credentials. She has been in the education field for over twenty years . She has taught students as young as three years of age through college. In addition, she has run a school before, holds a Masters of Science in child development, is currently working on her doctorate in family studies and is an adjunct professor at TWU. Highly qualified, extremely professional and progressive, Mrs Wells is a welcome addition to our school. Prospective parents will find upon touring an outstanding faculty with clear direction and vision. Our mission is to provide the best education to our students. Our door is always open. We welcome you to call and schedule a tour to make an informed and unbiased decision for your child's education.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 9, 2014

would absolutely warn against this school. what poster said below about "bait and switch" is absolutely true. you are told one thing and then after you give your money, you are delivered another. you should definitely look at other options. as for previous head of school----she was replaced---a decision by the board. everyone loved the last head of school, but the board overruled the parents, and many students left because of this. apparently this is how they make decisions at clariden---with zero parental input.
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Posted June 9, 2014

I loved my experience at The Clariden School, as their faculty and staff recognized and helped me to develop my passion for writing. I just published for the second time. Thanks Clariden for being such a great learning environment and inspiring me to follow my dreams. -- Former Student

Posted June 4, 2014

Please don't go to this school. Because my son didn't learn anything from here. It will waste your time and money.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2014

what happened to the previous head of school ? Why was she there for such a short time? That does not bode well for the school. I was attracted to their plans for the new high school program which was her innovation.

Posted February 9, 2014

Our student attended this school for one year and it was an unmitigated disaster. The Board runs the school as a dictatorship with absolutely no concern for the parents' opinions. The education was sub-standard across the board. The tuition policy can only be described as a bait-and-switch scam. It seems to teeter on the edge of solvency and one gets the distinct impression they will say and do anything to lure new enrollees.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2014

I am very surprised at the recent posts regarding this school. Our experience has been 100% the opposite of the recent posts. The timing of the reviews suggests that there may have been an issue with a student(s) and/or their parents, and not necessarily with the school. On that note, I have been proud and impressed with the way the school has handled a bad behavior situations - always with grace, and a seek-to-understand first approach, yet with a sense of urgency and importance that sends a clear message that child development, safety and education come first here and bad behavior will not be tolerated, by a parent or a child. Keep up the great work Clariden!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 31, 2013

I would caution prospective parents from considering The Clariden School for a number of reasons. First, the quality of education in the elementary and middle schools is severely lacking in math, science, and technology as compared to what many of the students are exposed to in the surrounding public schools. I was shocked as a parent to learn that my child's peers in public school are further along in math, have greater exposure to technology, and are involved in many more science projects than my child has been. Secondly, what you sign-up for may differ greatly from the education your child actually receives. The Board of Trustees hold the power to change personnel as well as the direction of the school without involving parents. Once your contract is signed you will be responsible for your entire tuition even if the product you receive is completely different from what you thought you were purchasing. Lastly, many are questioning the long-term health and viability of the school with enrollment down in the Elementary school as well as the Upper School where enrollment dropped from thirteen students to two.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2013

No place for working mothers I was shocked at the response I received from the director of the school, when in her letter she stated she would be helpful and listen. Not the response I encounter. Great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 16, 2013

This school has a long history of board members who make shortsighted decisions not based on how any good private school operates. Because of this, the mission is unclear; there are many students who have disabilities; and turn over is very high. If you want a never ending drama, you can go here. Otherwise, save yourself the confusion and worry.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2013

This is school has good facility but the teacher's quality is below average and also tuition is over price.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 14, 2012

I have 3 children at Clariden and have been at Clariden for 5 years. In my tenure, there has only been two new teacher additions and one attrition. That seems AMAZING for any school. In addition, the new teachers are incredible, one of whom brought a huge following of parents from her prior school. I believe that it is important for the school community to work together to support a school. The Clariden community is amazing and the teacher, staff and parents really care. That is what makes it special.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2011

Excellent school, caring teachers. We have been at Clariden for the past 4 years, my daughter has really grown, learned and become self confident.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 13% 4%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Hispanic 5% 51%
Black 4% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:30pm
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  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. David Deuel
  • Coed
  • Nonsectarian
  • AMI
Fax number
  • (817) 424-5561


Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


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School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Drama
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100 Clariden Ranch Road
Southlake, TX 76092
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Phone: (682) 237-0400


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