Head of the Class 2014

The importance of school leaders to the success of our children’s education is often underestimated. Their philosophies, aspirations and initiatives are key to a thriving educational model. Meet some of these visionaries and gain some insight into the workings of a flourishing school.

Alcuin School
6144 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230

Walter Sorensen, Head of School 

What makes Alcuin unique is not just one characteristic, but rather a combination of key distinctions that has created a learning environment like no other for nearly 50 years. It is what we refer to as “The Alcuin School Experience.” Alcuin School is creating an educational evolution, which encompasses a strong Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) education, within a dynamic environment giving students the opportunity to become “Innovative Thinkers and Passionate Learners.”
In embracing the Montessori philosophy we teach students to be decision makers, think creatively and work collaboratively while empowering them with the knowledge and skills needed for an exceptional 21st Century education. We complement this with the IB philosophy in Middle School. This rigorous program takes our students from 6th through 10th Grades. Then our students will transition to the academic enrichment of the IB Diploma Programme for 11th and 12th grades.
With these educational goals in place, and as we approach our 50th anniversary, the next step in the history of Alcuin School is to open an Upper School. We will add 9th Grade in the fall and 10th Grade in September 2015; as the students move up to 11th and 12th Grades we will celebrate our first graduating 12th grade class in 2018.
Come join us as we continue to advance education at Alcuin School for the next 50 years.

All Saints Episcopal School
9700 Saints Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76108

Dr. Tad Bird, Head of School
All Saints’ Episcopal School has recently experienced a renaissance in education, as we thoughtfully merged the finest components of our traditional model with methodologies and courses of study for the future. Programs such as Math/Art Integration, RANGE, iPlot, NASA competitions, Solar Car Challenge, Project Empathy, nationally recognized religion curriculum and the new Honors College are engaging students in all levels, from our youngest Saints in Early Childhood through our most senior in the Upper School.
Having recently celebrated our 60th anniversary, All Saints’ has many successes on which to reflect. Much attention has been given to the development of our world-class campus – an expansive 147-acre, gated facility joining the new Dillard Center for Early Childhood Education, Moncrief Lower School, Bass Middle School, Simpson Upper School, athletic and other facilities, all centered around the All Saints’ Chapel. But it is what has been accomplished on the inside that has positioned the school as a leader among college preparatory, co-ed day schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. At All Saints’, every student has gifts, or genius within, and our community is committed to cultivating those gifts to their fullest potential. Graduates of All Saints’ are not just well-prepared for college, they are prepared for a life of global and servant leadership.
All Saints’ exercises the best of our past with best practices of today and views them both through the lens of tomorrow. We are poised for a most dynamic and innovative future, and we encourage you to learn more about our community of “Servants, Scholars, Artists and Athletes” at asesftw.org.

Arlington Heights High School
4501 W. Fwy., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Sarah Weeks, Principal
Arlington Heights High School Principal Sarah Weeks believes collaboration and creativity are key components of academic success. Whether it’s in dance, musical theatre or art, students find their groove and engage in learning in the Creative Heights Gold Seal Program of Choice. Future veterinarians, landscape designers and others get real-world, hands-on experience in Heights Agriculture & Horticulture. Other dynamic Programs of Choice include Heights Academy and Marketing New Heights. 

Bethesda Christian SChool
4700 N. Beach St., Fort Worth, TX 76137

Vicki L. Vaughn, Chief Administrator/Principal
Through our three emphases upon Character, Academics and Service, Bethesda Christian School offers to students in grades K-12 a well-rounded and high-caliber education. Our school culture also fosters in students a love for the Lord. Bethesda’s small class sizes and use of the Honorable Character™ Classroom Management System provide an environment conducive to learning. Every BCS grade performs in the top 15 percent of the nation on standardized achievement tests, and all subjects are taught from a biblical worldview. Our reputation in the community recognizes our students’ consistently high academic achievement, as well as the school’s firm commitment to Christian values and character development.
If our values resonate with those of your family, I invite you to discover more about us by attending our Information Night on January 20 at 6:30pm.  Reservations may be made online at bethesdachristianschool.org or by phone at 817-281-6446.
Vicki L. Vaughn, M.Ed., has served as the Chief Administrator and Principal of Bethesda Christian School for over 20 years. In 2010, she was selected as a National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The award recognizes elementary and middle school principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement and character of the students, families and staff in their learning community.

Canyon Creek Christian Academy
2800 Custer Pkwy., Richardson, TX 75080
Andy Wright, Headmaster
For 40 years, the Canyon Creek Christian Academy faculty and staff have been committed to the school’s mission – to prepare students for life through high academics and biblically based standards. From 6 months to 12th grade, we offer educational opportunities that challenge and encourage students to embrace these standards. Canyon Creek Christian Academy is designed for families who hope and expect their children to do well and succeed in life, not only as productive members of society, but also for those who desire their children to be deeply rooted followers and ambassadors of Jesus Christ. We invite you to drop in and see for yourself all that the Canyon Creek family has to offer during any of our upcoming preview days in January and February. Please visit our website for the exact dates and details. From our family to yours, we hope you catch our Cougar Pride!

Children's University
4621 Park Springs Blvd., Arlington, TX 76017
Regina Wright, Dean of Educational Administration
On behalf of my dedicated teachers and staff, I want to welcome you to Children’s University, where we are committed to a hands-on, real world-focused academic education for preschoolers through elementary school. Our devotion to building life-long learners mirrors our beliefs that all children can learn and cultivate a love for learning.
When you visit our seven-acre campus, you will see how we successfully integrate a variety of learning styles into our environment, curriculum and culture. Visit our Nature School, Barnyard, Gardens, Broadcast Studio, The Great Hall Library and so much more!
We look forward to meeting you.

Covenant Christian Academy
901 Cheek Sparger Rd., Colleyville, TX 76034
817-281-4333 x1

Keith J. Castello, Headmaster
Mr. Castello joined Covenant Christian Academy in 1998 as a teacher and coach. In 2004, he was named as Headmaster and has served in that capacity since then. He considers North Texas his “back yard” and Covenant his “home” since he grew up in Grapevine, graduated from Grapevine High School and now his two sons both attend CCA. He has earned degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Dallas.
Under his leadership, CCA has experienced record growth with 695 students currently enrolled from PreK-3 through Grade 12.
Learn more about Covenant’s classical Christian education by attending an Open House on January 25 at 10am.

Covenant Classical School
1701 Wind Star Way, Fort Worth, TX 76108

Eric Cook, Headmaster
“Covenant Classical School is a vibrant, growing community of families that have partnered together to provide children with a rich and challenging classical Christian education. Covenant believes in a robust, enduring educational tradition. The ancients sought the cultivation of wisdom and virtue as the highest aim of education. Simply acquiring knowledge for utilitarian purposes was not enough. They believed, as we do, that education is not ultimately about what we do, but rather about who we become.
“Covenant is committed to forming students into wise and articulate leaders who are equipped to engage the world with a solid biblical foundation and the tools of learning. We do this by implementing a challenging liberal arts curriculum that includes a myriad of classical texts from Western literature, classical languages, rich science and math programs and a closely integrated curriculum.”
Eric Cook has served as Headmaster of Covenant Classical School since 2009. A native of Kentucky, Eric holds a B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education and an M.A. in Instructional Leadership. He is a passionate educator who loves kids and learning. He is also a voracious reader. His interests are in philosophy, theology, apologetics, education and writing. He currently serves on the board of both the Society for Classical Learning and the Fort Worth Civic Society. He lives in Aledo with his wife and six children.

Dallas Academy
950 Tiffany Way, Dallas, TX 75218

 Jim Richardson, M.S., Headmaster
I have dedicated my career to creating a school that meets the unique educational needs of learning-different students. Dallas Academy emphasizes a structured, child-centered approach to learning where students are encouraged, praised and guided toward achieving their goals. When parents and students visit Dallas Academy, the first thing they notice is our warm and nurturing family atmosphere! In this environment, our students are able to achieve success both in and out of the classroom.

Dallas International School
6039 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230

Bertrand Ferret, Headmaster
I am very excited and honored to be the new headmaster of Dallas International School – such a dynamic school, full of  wonderful possibilities for children in preschool through high school.
At DIS we provide a multilingual education to over 600 students from all different nationalities. We are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the International Baccalaureate Organization and are dedicated to preparing our students for universities worldwide. Classes are taught in French and English with Spanish and Chinese offered as additional languages. High school students follow either the French or International Baccalaureate Diploma. With this unique academic system, our students truly become citizens of the world.

Dunbar High School
5700 Ramey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76112

Carlos Walker, Principal
Principal Carlos Walker likes to say that futures take flight at Dunbar High School. Students explore aviation, aerospace and technology while working toward their aircraft mechanics license in the Aviation Technology Gold Seal Program of Choice. The neighborhood becomes both classroom and lab in the Engineering and Urban Development Program. Students design parks and plan retail developments in their own community. And for those with a head for business, the Business Technology program prepares students for a variety of 21st century jobs. 

Episcopal School of Dallas
Lower School
4344 Colgate Ave., Dallas, TX 75225
Middle & Upper School
4100 Merrell Rd., Dallas, TX 75229
Meredyth Cole, Head of School

The Episcopal School of Dallas believes students learn best through the active pursuit of knowledge and the relevant application of that knowledge. We believe this is best achieved in a community that fosters critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, personal responsibility and intellectual risk-taking in a safe and open environment. ESD educators endeavor to guide students through inquiry-based, real-world learning experiences that yield enduring understanding and encourage students to become life-long learners in an ever-changing global society.

Explorations Preparatory School
1501 Flower Mound Rd., Flower Mound, TX 75028

Andrea M. Slaughter, Director
At Explorations Preparatory School, we believe students learn best when they are challenged, engaged and enjoying their learning. We accomplish this by providing our students with opportunities to learn through exploration and hands-on lessons and projects. Students are encouraged to learn and apply new concepts, creating a deeper and more meaningful understanding. At EPS, we aren’t interested in having students simply memorize facts for a test; we want to see what our students can actually do with the information they’ve learned.
Through a theme-based/interdisciplinary learning approach, our students gain a clear picture of how subjects such as math, social studies, language arts, and science are connected. EPS students recognize and appreciate the value math holds in their history timeline discussions and the important role language arts plays in science investigations. Students engage in many projects ranging from the development of their own political parties complete with stances on health care and tax structures, to conducting both qualitative and quantitative studies on school trends. 
Beyond academics, Explorations also focuses on students’ social and emotional growth. To be successful, students must develop a healthy outlook and the ability to work well with others. EPS’s small, family-friendly environment is a warm, caring place to learn and grow into successful, motivated, lifelong learners.
EPS students scored in the top 1% of schools nationwide on the ITBS (2013).
Open House, January 23rd 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Fairhill School
16150 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75248
Carla Stanford, Head of Lower School
Fairhill has been serving students with learning differences for over forty years. In that time many students have found the academic success that eluded them in a mainstream academic setting. The reason for student success at Fairhill lies in a uniquely qualified faculty. Faculty expertise includes dyslexia and reading specialists, as well as other teaching specialists who provide a well-rounded academic program. The faculty excels in identifying the learning needs of the students and finding that balance between supporting and stretching each student. As the students gain skills, they grow in confidence and become successful independent learners.

Fort Worth Academy
7301 Dutch Branch Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76132

William Broderick, Head of School
With over 30 years as a Texas educational administrator, William Broderick brings a wealth of experience enhanced by an innovative spirit, a compassionate heart and a collaborative manner to his leadership at Fort Worth Academy.
Bill holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College and an M.Ed. from Antioch Institute of Open Education at Harvard University. He completed extensive postgraduate work in Educational Leadership/ Cultural Studies at the University of Houston.
Bill has been feted at the White House and State Department, first for his role in leading a Blue Ribbon School and then later when named U.S. Department of Education National Distinguished Principal.
Forever a teacher, Bill is a member of the national faculty for both All Kinds of Minds, an initiative of the QED Foundation of Amherst, NH, and the National S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project, headquartered at Wellesley College.
FWA recently received four international recognitions from separate entities. Consequently, FWA frequently hosts educators from across North America wishing to emulate the FWA model. In explanation of the recognition, Bill quotes John Dewey, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of their tomorrows.”
Says Bill, “My favorite day of school is the first day – because there is so much to look forward to … a very close second favorite is the last day – because there is so much to celebrate!”

Fort Worth Christian School
6200 Holiday Ln.
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
Kelly Moore, President
Fort Worth Christian School is a Christ-centered community where every child is loved and valued, taught excellence in and out of the classroom, and empowered by a biblical worldview for a lifetime of faith and service. All middle school and high school students are provided a MacBook laptop and elementary students an iPad to enhance their learning experience. Not only is FWC preparing students academically through iLearn@fwc.org, they also are equipping students through spiritual and social growth. Students at Fort Worth Christian attend chapel and Bible class daily. Additionally, missions locally and internationally are a vital part of this school. This year, students will serve others in Peru, Nicaragua, Thailand, Oklahoma and Tarrant County.
Total Enrollment: 850   
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Academic Achievements: College-prep school, Pre-AP and AP courses, dual-credit. FWC has academic teams represented each year at Texas Christian School Interscholastic Tournament and Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state and district tournaments.
Accreditation: SACS and the National Christian School Association.
Sports & Extracurricular Activities: Award-winning athletic teams including volleyball, cross country, softball, baseball, football, tennis, golf and cheerleading. Fine arts include drama, art, choir, orchestra and band.
Special Events: High school mission trips to Peru, Nicaragua, Thailand and Oklahoma City.
Enrollment Deadlines: Open enrollment begins February 21, 2014.

Fort Worth Country Day
4200 Country Day Ln., Fort Worth, TX 76109

Evan D. Peterson, Head of School
Fifty years ago, many Fort Worth families took a leap of faith and committed their children’s education and future to a dream that is today Fort Worth Country Day. FWCD fosters the intellectual, physical, emotional and ethical development of K-12 students through an academically rigorous college-preparatory program that emphasizes the humanities, sciences, arts, athletics, community service and character development. FWCD inspires the passion to learn, the courage to lead and the commitment to serve.
FWCD’s challenging K-12 curriculum infuses traditional face-to-face classroom methods with technology. This blended approach heightens student interaction and develops critical-thinking skills. Our K-4 program includes a leveled-reading library and a commitment to fluency and the writing process, as well as utilizes iPads and computers to engage students’ learning. The Mason Middle School’s one-to-one iPad program is transforming learning—inside and outside of the classroom. The Upper School program ensures students master critical thinking and analytical writing, incorporating 21 Advanced Placement and many honors-level courses. Students also enhance academic success through a select Stanford University partnership. The only Malone Foundation School in Texas, FWCD is one of only eight independent schools in the country to offer virtual, real-time college courses onsite through the Stanford-hosted Malone Schools Online Network.
FWCD students are well-rounded, well-educated community leaders who are confident in their abilities and make a difference in the world around them.

Fort Worth Montessori School
6605 Dan Danciger Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76133

Tsianina Beardsley, M.Ed., Director
FWMS provides an environment that respects and nurtures a child’s inner drive toward maturation and learning. In addition to educators, teachers act as guides, counselors, resource persons and friends. All children bring their own energies and intensity to the adventure of learning: an interest and enthusiasm for learning that any visitor can see. We work with parents to help children develop a foundation for a lifetime of creative learning and to develop the basic ideas, attitudes and skills essential for success.

Good Shepard Episcopal School
11110 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX 75229-4118

Laurie Daum, Head of School
Good Shepherd Episcopal School serves 575 students in PreK – 8th grade and provides each student the kind of vigorous experience parents should expect in Dallas. With our signature programs in Spanish, Fine Arts, Technology and Classroom of the Earth, we start and end with your kids. We help them figure out their biggest question: why? Why are they here? We have 8 years to help them form their why, before the world of high school and college asks them what! We believe that a good why beats a what any day. Your children come as children and leave as leaders and amazing people. Just ask Greenhill, Hockaday, Jesuit, Parish, St. Mark’s, Ursuline and the other top schools our graduates go on to from GSES.

Grace Academy of Dallas
11306 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 75229

Jim Clarke, Headmaster
Celebrating 40 years, Grace Academy of Dallas is serving the educational and spiritual needs of families in the North Dallas area. The warm, inviting learning environment provides a great place for students preschool through sixth grade to excel, thrive and grow.
Jim Clarke, in his tenth year as Headmaster of Grace Academy, leads a staff of professionally qualified teachers who challenge students to reach their highest level of academic achievement. The academic rigor and spiritual foundation provided for each student prepares them for the challenges ahead and promotes life-long success.

Grapevine Faith Christian School
Ed C. Smith, Ed.D., President
Truth. Wisdom. Honor. These core values guide Grapevine Faith Christian School in its mission to develop and graduate authentic Christian leaders. Whether in academics or the arts, on the athletic field or engaged in missions, Faith works to cultivate each student’s giftedness, providing leadership opportunities.
Learn more about the Faith difference at an upcoming Open House. Consider partnering with us in the important task of equipping children to make an eternal impact.
See Faith in action on January 28 at 7 pm, February 18 at 7 pm or March 25 at 7 pm at the Dallas Road Campus, 729 E. Dallas Road, Grapevine. Informational meeting followed by campus tours.

Hill School
Fort Worth Campus
4817 Odessa Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76133
Grapevine Campus
204 N. Dooley St., Grapevine TX 76051
Audrey Boda-Davis, Executive Director
Our bright and talented students struggle with learning difficulties. Building academic confidence through competency while honoring all kinds of minds and talents is an essential theme in the Hill classroom. Teaching and learning with families at Hill School is all about perspective-taking, communication and optimism in the face of challenge. All children can learn, and our students benefit from the caring, connected Hill School environment. More than being proud of what Hill students can and do achieve – I am humbled that we can be an integral part of their pathway to re-discovering the joy and possibilities of learning.

Holy Trinity Academy
13555 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, TX 75240

 Kathy Makris, Principal
Principal Kathy Makris, along with the staff at Holy Trinity Academy, consider it a privilege and responsibility to foster and promote the academic, spiritual, social, and emotional growth of each child who walks through the doors. High academic standards in a nurturing Christian environment have compelled onlookers to call HTA “a hidden gem” where intellect sparks and souls shine. Come for a tour and see why.
Offering year-round enrollment for 2 years-Kindergarten. SACS accredited.

Holy Trinity Catholic School
3750 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine, TX 76051
Arlene Anderson Jones, President
In my second year as President, Holy Trinity Catholic School is celebrating our 20th anniversary. Currently, we provide a superior academic program to students, both Catholic and of other faiths, in Pre-K4 through 8th grade. Our mission, to nurture the gifts and talents of each child by providing an enriched and challenging environment within a prayerful, inviting Catholic community, drives our decision-making and vision for the future. Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother are models for us as we teach the Gospel and form faithful citizens who learn, serve and lead.
Open House: Thursday, January 30, 7pm
Come see what HTCS can offer your family!

Key School
3947 E. Loop 820 S., Fort Worth, TX 76119
Mary Ann Key, MLA, Founder & Director
Since 1966 Key School has been educating students in grades 1–12 who have acute or underserved learning differences and related needs. Key School students not only achieve high school graduation and success in college but also fulfillment in the workplace. They overcome learning obstacles such as reading, spelling, composition, math disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD. Their accomplishments might have been unattainable without the essential skills learned at Key School.
Key School offers both a traditional and a summer program. The school is fully accredited by SACS/CASI and has a proven track record based on progress documented in the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement.

Lake Country Christian School
7050 Lake Country Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76179
Nancy Purtell, Head Administrator

Lake Country Christian School is a fully accredited private school. LCCS is a community of Christian families with common purpose. The LCCS community of teachers, administrators, coaches, students, families and their churches are partners with a steadfast commitment to see our students impact their culture as Christian leaders who lead from a rock-solid biblical worldview. If you are seeking a distinctively Christian, PK-12, college-preparatory education in a caring environment with clear boundaries, LCCS may be the place for you. Open House: Monday, January 27th, 5:30-7pm

Lakehill Preparatory School
2720 Hillside Dr., Dallas, TX 75214
Roger L. Perry, Headmaster

What most people notice first about Lakehill’s Headmaster, Roger Perry, is his charismatic personality that makes everyone feel at home. Perry’s leadership style sets the standard for a warm, friendly, and child-centered environment.
At the heart of his philosophy is the belief that Lakehill is a family. This culture of caring is felt throughout the entire school, with faculty and families that support each other and are dedicated to helping each child reach his or her full potential.

Liberty Christian School
1301 S. Hwy. 377, Argyle, TX 76226
Dr. Rodney Haire, President/Founder
More than 30 years ago, I began Liberty Christian School with the vision of preparing children from preschool through high school to pursue their dreams through excellence in academics, fine arts, athletics, and spiritual formation. That vision has become reality. Students enjoy unique opportunities such as building a solar car and mastering Mandarin Chinese to venturing to Uganda for a mission trip or traveling to the White House as a top science student. In 2013, Liberty earned the highest private school honor in Texas by winning the TAPPS 5A Overall State Championship. Please join me for breakfast and enjoy a student-led tour of our campus on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 9 am during our Spring Preview Day.

Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy
1308 Whitley Rd., Keller, TX 76248

Ellen Malzahn, Principal
Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy serves 2-year-olds through 8th grade. Subjects are taught from a distinctly Christian Worldview incorporating the Bible and its teachings. Messiah is accredited through National Lutheran Schools Accreditation. Classes are limited to 18. Using the classical model, academic achievement is stressed with emphasis on Visual Arts, Music and Physical Education. Latin begins in 3rd grade. Logic starts in 7th. Please visit our campus and see first-hand what we are accomplishing.  

Mosaic Academy
1400 College Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
Kristyn Bray, Director
Mosaic Academy offers individualized academics and a fluid approach to all students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Mosaic offers small, inclusive classes where students have the opportunity to participate in multi-level learning. We are a part-time school, and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and partner with parents by offering organized homework for non-class days. Mosaic Academy provides students with classes in all academic subjects as well as PE, music, ballet, Spanish and computer.

North Side High School
2211 McKinley Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164
Antonio Martinez, Principal
Student success is on the front burner at North Side High School. The Culinary, Hospitality and Event Management Gold Seal Program of Choice provides extraordinary learning in a state-of-the-art culinary facility. Students in the Medical Professions program take advanced courses, earn certifications and participate in rotations at medical facilities. North Side Principal Antonio Martinez believes unique education opportunities put students on track for post-secondary success. North Side has community and family partnerships to support each program and foster academic achievement.

Our Lady Victory Catholic School
3320 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, TX 76110

Linda Petrey, Principal
Our Lady of Victory Catholic School has been educating children since 1910. The school serves Pre-K – 8th grade. We offer Spanish, Fine Arts, Computer and Physical Education. The mission of Our Lady of Victory Catholic School is to educate the whole child in a Roman Catholic, Christ-centered environment; to enable the child to grow spiritually, intellectually, responsibly; and to facilitate the learning and sharing of God-given gifts in service to others.

Our Redeemer Lutheran School of Dallas
7611 Park Ln., Dallas, TX 75225
Lois Frischmann, Principal
Every morning, Lois Frischmann is the first face that the students see—and she warmly greets them by name. She has served as Principal of Our Redeemer Lutheran School since 2003, following 5 years of teaching and acting as Early Childhood Director. In 2007, the Texas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod selected her as finalist for “Educator of the Year."

Parish Episcopal School
Midway Campus
4101 Sigma Rd., Dallas, TX 75244
Hillcrest Campus
14115 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, TX 75254

Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School
Parish Episcopal School’s Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School, talks often to students about doing little things that will help achieve their larger visions. Likewise, Monaco takes steps daily toward a vision of Parish as a different kind of independent school – one that offers students a vigorous and challenging education without stripping the joy of learning.
In his fifth year at Parish, Monaco is adding to the School’s legacy. He, along with faculty and staff, places a big emphasis on producing young people of impact. As a result, Parish graduates, who attend colleges across a spectrum (Duke, Columbia, Virginia, Yale, Texas A&M, Texas, Pomona, Pepperdine, etc.), leave the School with the ability to lead and serve with Wisdom, Honor and Service.
Under Monaco’s leadership Parish has added $20 million to its endowment in the last year as longtime and new benefactors of the school visibly supported the continued success of the close-knit Parish community and innovative educational experiences including the Academy of Global Studies, the Beasley STEM Center and the ParishVirtual online academic program.
“We are proud of what we have accomplished and move into the School’s 41st year with optimism,” Monaco said. “Our history emboldens us. We will tap the energy it has produced to continue to make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and parents.”

Prince of Peace Christian School & Early Learning Center
4000 Midway Rd., Carrollton, TX 75007

Chris Hahn, Headmaster
Reflecting on more than 35 years of school history, it is amazing to see how God has blessed our school from a one-class preschool to a school now serving nearly 1,000 children from ages 6 weeks through 12th grade. Nine years ago, there were 13 graduates in our first high school graduating class, and this year, there were almost 50. To date, 335 outstanding young men and women have now graduated from POPCS, and all have entered college with over $17.6 million awarded in academic, arts and athletic scholarships. Our high school graduates who are now university graduates are making a difference in the world.
Without question, Prince of Peace Christian School & Early Learning Center has been blessed. We are grateful for our exceptional faculty and staff, who are truly the dream makers in the lives of the children they teach.
One of our preschool moms recently shared that she had explained to her 4-year-old son that when her soon-to-be-born baby kicks, “It is your brother giving you high fives.” She went on to say that as she was getting her son settled for bed, he placed her hand on his heart. Her son asked, “Did you feel that? Do you feel my heart beating?” She indicated she did. He replied, “Mommy, Jesus is giving you high fives because he lives in my heart!”
While much has changed over our 35-year history, our mission has not. It is our desire, by God’s grace, that all would know that Jesus lives in their hearts.

Scofield Christian School
7730 Abrams Rd., Dallas, TX 75231

Dr. Shailendra N. Thomas, Head of School
My commitment to education is founded on my belief that children are a gift from God. As a result, I am committed to the creation of a school milieu at Scofield Christian School that views each child as a unique individual who needs a caring and stimulating environment to grow and mature spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially.
Education involves more than a child’s intellectual abilities; it should ultimately inspire the learner to fulfill God’s purpose in their life. As Head of School, I am dedicated to guiding teachers as they help youth reach their full potential in Christ.

Shelton School and Evaluation Center
15720 Hillcrest Rd. Dallas, TX 75248

 Suzanne Stell, Executive Director
Engage, Encourage, Enrich.
Suzanne Stell joined Shelton in 1985 as a teacher, so her roots are right where it all starts – in the class, engaging students. She later progressed to Head of School, helped develop Shelton’s unique study skills program, and was key in designing other curriculum areas. She was instrumental in Shelton’s accreditation by Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. She was a natural to become Executive Director in 2010, having spent 25 years living Shelton’s mission.
Today Shelton is the largest private school worldwide for intelligent students with learning differences. Shelton also encompasses an evaluation center, a speech clinic and an outreach/training center. 
“We’re team players,” says Stell, “so I’m always cheering on the team. Together we’ve made Shelton a Top 100 Best Place to Work, as well as Best at Making Work Meaningful.”  Next on the horizon is Shelton’s 40th anniversary. Says Stell, “We’re excited about our next 40 years.”

Southwest Christian School
Elementary Campus
6801 Dan Danciger Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76133
Preparatory Campus
7001 Benbrook Lake Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76132

Dr. Penny Armstrong, President and Headmaster
The mission of Southwest Christian School is to provide a Christ-centered, college preparatory education that equips our graduates to be Christian leaders in the world. As I work through my eleventh year at this wonderful school, I am continually reminded how God has blessed our school with visionary board leadership, a highly skilled faculty, and families who are committed to Christian education for their children. Together, we make a difference that can be seen, felt, and heard on a daily basis. We invite you to visit us and experience Southwest Christian School.
Academically Excellent
We are very proud of recently receiving superior national rankings in teaching expertise, professional development, and academic programming. Our teachers are learning specialists who work collaboratively to meet the learning needs of each student. Classrooms are dynamic learning centers where students rely upon multiple resources with teacher guidance to explore new ideas, sort through and analyze data, and form relevant conclusions and applications. Multi-leveled, developmentally appropriate instruction prepares our students to develop their talents and abilities to their full potential. 
Globally Minded
We are preparing our students to be global citizens. Chinese and Spanish language instruction support cultural competencies through our broad international studies programming. We have been honored with international recognition for our Minimester program in which students travel locally, nationally, and internationally each year. Our students establish authentic understandings of our responsibilities to the world around us through real life experiences. Recent trips have included mission efforts in New York, Los Angeles, Africa, and Central America, language immersion programs in Spain and China, and cultural and historical studies in Europe.
Distinctively Christian
Our Christ-centered commitment is evident in all areas of student life. We study Biblical principles to form foundational understandings of human dignity, scripturally based direction, personal responsibility to self, family, and our world.  We work daily to build and sustain an atmosphere of decency, mutual respect, and trust.  We construct experiences in the classroom that not only ensure academic success but also encourage a foundation of strong spiritual identity and direction that prepares our graduates for the college years and beyond.
Winter Tour (Grades EC-6): January 16, 2014; 6pm; Elementary Campus
Winter Tour (Grades 7-12): January 23, 2014; 6pm; Preparatory Campus
Discovery Day for Prospective 6th Graders: January 31, 2014; 12:30 to 2 pm; Elementary Campus


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School
2016 Willis Ln., Keller, TX 76248

Kay Burrell, Principal
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School believes in the potential of children. Our teachers focus on individualized instruction, using multisensory lessons and interactive technology. By providing direction toward God through traditional Catholic teaching, by supplying a strong foundation in academics, the fine arts, and service to others, we strive to produce young people who will make contributions in their world and who will move forward to live joyous, productive lives in their faith. 

St. John's Episcopal School
848 Harter Rd., Dallas TX 75218
214-328-9131 x103
Mark Crotty, Head of School
We think about education differently. Imagine the world when our children are adults; imagine what they will need to succeed; imagine what they could accomplish; imagine an education that will best prepare children for their future.
St. John’s offers a modern education that is both high-tech and high-touch. We prepare each student not only for a successful high school career, but also for a rich and meaningful life. Visit us to experience St. John’s.

St. Luke Catholic School
1023 Schulze Dr., Irving, TX 75060
Kathy Carruth, Principal
St. Luke Catholic School welcomes each child in Jesus’ name, developing within each student a love for God, learning and others. As a historically rich school, St. Luke’s offers multiage teaching in grades 1-4 in Language Arts and Math. We offer faith-based education, small classes, outstanding academics, a nurturing environment and a dedicated and experienced staff.
100% of our eighth grade students have gone on to high school, and of those, 100% have graduated.

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School
1200 S. Davis Dr., Arlington, TX 76013

Mary Ellen Doskocil, Principal
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School was established in 1954. We are located in the heart of Arlington. The school serves PK 4 through 8th grade and offers students a school that includes a library/media center, state-of-the-art computer lab, full sports program, Spanish classes, band and outstanding music and art programs. Our mission is to educate children encompassing their spiritual, academic, physical and social development. Our goal is to educate a child for life.

St. Philip's School and Community Center
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, TX 75215
214-421-5221 ext. 150    

Dr. Terry J. Flowers, Executive Director/Headmaster
January 20th, 2014, marks Dr. Terry J. Flowers’ 30th year of service with St. Philip’s School and Community Center. Dr. Flowers has spearheaded change at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in South Dallas, serving at first as principal of the School and now Executive Director/Headmaster. We currently serve students grades PK2 through 6th Grade, ages 2-12. The Community Center has grown from providing solely a South Dallas youth athletics program to numerous educational, recreational and social services for children, youth, families and senior citizens. Dr. Flowers’ experience as an educator in his hometown of Chicago and Harlem, New York, shaped his belief in the need for holistic efforts to address the erosion of inner-city neighborhoods. His leadership led to the establishment of curriculum for St. Philip’s that emphasizes academic excellence, a positive self-image and a faith-based focus for life. Alongside the strong academic program are numerous collaborative social service and community development activities that have been crucial to the revitalization of our South Dallas neighborhood. This broad-based approach has established St. Philip’s as a model educational institution for inner-city schools – public, charter and private.
To witness Dr. Flowers in action is to recognize he is one of those rarities – a wise and humble man who is obediently fulfilling his life’s calling. Under his leadership, an entire community is improving one block, one family at a time. 

Temple Christian School
East Campus
6824 Randol Mill Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76120
West Campus
1256 Jim Wright Fwy., Fort Worth TX 76108
Neil Childs, M.A., Headmaster
At Temple Christian School, our primary goal is to train a generation of young people whose desire is to change the world with the power of the Gospel. Temple does this, in part, by having a tremendous faculty and staff. Our teachers are dedicated to continually seeking the best practices in education and integrating a Christian worldview in all aspects of their teaching. All hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and are certified in their teaching areas, and one-third of our staff have also earned advanced degrees.
Students are also provided opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities that help shape and mold their character. TCS students may participate in award-winning sports and fine arts programs such as football, basketball, tennis, band, choir, school musicals, and more.
The results speak for themselves. Our test scores are well above the national average, and countless students have earned scholarships through academic achievement, leadership, character, sports, and performing arts.  
If it is your desire to be a part of a community that is decidedly different and distinctively Christian, we would love to give you a tour of either Fort Worth campus. We want to give you an opportunity to become acquainted with our family while we get to know yours. Be assured, there is a place for you and your children at Temple.

The Flint Academy
2111 Roosevelt Dr., Arlington, TX 76013  
133 Pecan St., Keller, TX 76248  
Paula J. Flint, Ph.D., Founder/Director

Looking for a private school that nurtures and values your child? The Flint Academy’s philosophy is built upon Dr. Flint’s extensive research in the field of education and child development. It is combined with the educational approach of Charlotte Mason, an innovative educator in England in the late 1800s. The school provides a Christian environment with dedicated and highly trained teachers.
Open Houses: Sat., Feb 1st, 3pm at the Arlington campus; Thurs., Feb. 6th, 7pm at the Keller campus.

The Highlands School
1451 E. Northgate Dr., Irving, TX 75062
Fr. Daniel Ray, LC, President
The Highlands School is a traditional pre-K3 through 12th grade Catholic
college preparatory school offering gender specific education on a co-ed
campus (4-12th grade). Our smaller school environment affords students a higher teacher to student ratio, more opportunities to participate in
extracurricular and sports activities, and creates a marvelous family
atmosphere that fosters the flourishing of the individual.
Our school is best known for its strong academics and spiritually enriching
environment. This is fruit of our four tiered Integral Formation methodology
which focuses on the intellectual, spiritual, apostolic and character
formation of each student. Highlighting this is the recognition the high
school has received being named to the National Top 50 Catholic High School Honor Roll every year since 2004.
We believe that the spiritual life is something that can and should be
integrated into the educational experience. The Highlands school has a clear Catholic identity yet is welcoming to all faiths. We incorporate the truth about who God is and how we should relate to him and to each other into thedaily lived experience at school.
With this academic, character, and spiritual formation, and building on the
foundations laid at home, Highlands School students are given what is
necessary to be strong leaders who value virtue and service to others.

The Kessler School
1215 Turner Ave., Dallas, TX 75208
Alison Beazley, Head of School

The Kessler School believes in “Educating the Whole Child,” and so does Alison Beazley.  For the past eighteen years she has been researching and providing differentiated, individualized education, helping children find success in their early academic years. Alison is a proven educator and a seasoned technology and curriculum specialist who is guiding The Kessler School’s growth. Under her leadership, The Kessler School has successfully built a Reading Lab program, making sure that all students are building upon their skills. The Kessler School serves students in prekindergarten through sixth grade, helping each child to grow and learn in a strong academic, social and physical environment.

The Oakridge School
5900 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington, TX 76013

Jon Kellam, Headmaster
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Jon Kellam moved to Texas in 1982 to attend Texas Christian University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Administration. He is also a graduate of Stanford’s School Leadership Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.
Mr. Kellam taught at Crowley High School before transitioning to the independent school arena. Over the course of his twenty-year career at The Oakridge School, Mr. Kellam has served as teacher, coach, Head of Middle School, and Associate Headmaster. In 2007, he was appointed Headmaster.
According to Mr. Kellam, “To lead any organization you have to embrace its mission. My belief in Oakridge is rock solid; I’ve witnessed the success of our students and graduates firsthand since 1993.”  

The Westwood School
14340 Proton Rd., Dallas, TX 75244

Heather Lourcey, Head of School
This year marks both my 20th year with The Westwood School and my appointment as Head of School.
It is an honor to continue to grow Westwood’s environment, inspiring students to achieve a voluntary joy in learning, a habit of excellence, and a sense of independence and self-confidence. The Westwood School, now in its 27th year, provides a Montessori education to 300 students. Westwood is also the only school in North America to blend this highly regarded method with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, educating students from two years old through 12th grade.
We represent a rich diversity of backgrounds, emphasizing personal ethics and individual responsibility.
Westwood intends that graduates go out into the world not just to do great things, but to do the right things.
We invite you to Discover the Westwood Difference.
Open House: Thursday, January 16th, 6-7:30pm

Trinity Christian Academy
17001 Addison Rd., Addison, TX 75001
David Delph, Headmaster
For over 43 years, Trinity Christian Academy has been committed to educating and developing the whole person for the glory of God. In addition to rigorous academics, the TCA experience includes outstanding athletic programs, award-winning performing and visual arts programs, faculty and staff committed to educating and guiding the next generation of leaders and like-minded families dedicated to strengthening our community of service, prayer and fellowship. Our desire is to graduate students who become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ and who know and value truth. Our basis for truth is the Word of God.

Trinity Valley School
7500 Dutch Branch Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76132

Dr. Gary W. Krahn, Head of School
Trinity Valley School’s philosophy is gently guided by a simple statement – “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Our students develop the talents and character to lead our nation forward.
We are a unique school by having an advisory panel of recognized leaders around the United States keeping TVS well-connected to the world. The Class of 2014 has 25% recognized by National Merit, National Hispanic or National Achievement.
Trinity Valley School, a co-ed, nonsectarian independent school, provides a stimulating, creative environment to enrich students’ intellectual experiences far beyond the traditional academic setting. TVS is recognized as a national leader in providing outstanding college and life preparation, leading to a lifetime of leadership, achievement, and community stewardship for its students.

Wesley Prep
9200 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 75220

Linda Altick, Director
“Enlightened Minds. Compassionate Spirits.” This is a mantra we have lived with great intention over the past forty-plus years as we have grown from a Mother’s Day Out and Preschool program into a thriving elementary extending through sixth grade.  Our environment is one of nurturing – doing all we can to grow the mind, body and spirit.  Our program yields leaders by providing not only academic rigor, but also spiritual formation along with opportunities to explore the arts, sports, and community outreach.  As a result, our students develop self-awareness, confidence, and an orientation toward others. This balance sets our school apart. Our fabulous teachers, staff and parents are the heart of the school. The strength of the Wesley Prep community invites our students to leave with the skills, confidence and character to journey forth with intention, embracing opportunities that lie ahead to learn, grow, reach out, and make a difference.

Westminster Presbyterian Preschool & Kindergarten
8200 Devonshire Dr., Dallas, TX 75209
214 350-6155    

Cristine L. Watson, Director
Mrs. Cristine L. Watson has served as the Director of Westminster Presbyterian Preschool & Kindergarten since 1995. Her educational background includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Child Development and Family Studies along with 33 years of professional classroom teaching, instructing college and university-level classes and presenting at various early childhood conferences.
Westminster cultivates “follow your curiosity,” which facilitates discovery learning, supports the development of the whole child, provides an exceptional fine arts curriculum and respects individual strengths and growth. The Christian-based environment recognizes the vital link families play in the educational success of a child. NAEYC acc

White Rock North School
9727 White Rock Trail, Dallas, TX 75238

Amy A. Adams, M.Ed., Principal
Amy Adams is not your typical principal, but then neither is the school that she heads. 
White Rock North School definitely boasts of elementary students working a grade level ahead of schedule, but what you may not know about are the new student managed gardens, indoor pool, roller skating rink and new technology initiative. These are a few of the things that set this school apart from others. Mrs. Adams has trending ideas for instructing students of this digital generation, which will better prepare them for the tech world that today’s learners are encountering.
Since 1964, White Rock North has been known for having great, comprehensive programs for children, but each child is treated as a special individual. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of our students’ lives from the time they’re in our Corner Cottage Infant Center through their last day of 6th grade. Not many schools offer the educational longevity we provide, and we’re honored to be able to provide that for our clients!”
Mrs. Adams is a veteran school principal and educator of 20-plus years. She earned her Master’s degree in School Administration from Baylor University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She has a wealth of experience in the education industry, not only as a school principal, but also a school consultant and professional trainer.

World Languages Institute
1066 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
Guadalupe Barreto, Principal
World Languages Institute (WLI) will be the first secondary school to open its doors to students from the Spanish Immersion and Dual Language Enrichment programs. Opening in fall 2014, WLI will provide a home for students who are interested in pursuing careers with an international focus. WLI Principal Guadalupe Barreto believes multilingualism is essential for a well-rounded global education. The multilingual staff, the students and their parents, together with the community, will follow a path of academic excellence while developing the leaders of tomorrow’s world.

Young Academy
8521 Davis Blvd., N. Richland Hills, TX 76182

Kathy Lyda, MS, Head of School
E.A. Young is a K-12 private academy dedicated to gifted, talented and high-ability scholars. With a passionate commitment to education and extensive experience in business and education, Kathy Lyda provides the Academy with strong and unique leadership.
Mrs. Lyda believes that the essential purpose of education is to empower learners to fully develop their talents and abilities to become innovative, problem-solving stewards of our global community. Her instructional model provides for differentiated, individualized instruction in a project-based environment, where scholars can reach their potential without limitations.
In honor of her work, Mrs. Lyda recently received the TAGT Parent of the Gifted Award for the Piney Woods/Prairie Area.


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