Alcuin School

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Basic Information

Address: 6144 Churchill Way Dallas, TX 75230
County: Dallas
School District: Dallas
Phone Number: (972) 239-1745
Fax Number: (972) 934-8727
Principal: Walter Sorensen
School Type: Private Indepdent; Montessori & International Baccalaureate

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Additional Information

Accreditation: Assoc. Montessori Internationale (AMI); Independent Schools Assoc. of the Southwest (ISAS); International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
Founded: 1964
Organization Affiliation: Montessori & International Baccalaureate Education
Ages/Grades: Toddler - Upper School
School Setting:

Alcuin School (formerly St. Alcuin Montessori School) continues a nearly 50-year tradition of nurturing and guiding
children from toddler through Upper School (opening fall 2014) according to the principles and methods of Maria
Montessori and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Alcuin school, one of the largest Montessori schools in the country, proudly announces the addition of an Upper School beginning with a 9th grade class in 2014-2015 offering the renown IB Middle Years Programme curriculum.

Alcuin School is an independent nonsectarian, co-educational school serving a diverse community of approximately
500 students. The school sits on a 12-acre campus in North Dallas. Our modern gymnasium, two libraries, state-of-the art classrooms, interactive technology, science and language labs, and organic vegetable gardens, as well as sports fields and arts studios inspire our students daily.

Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (I.S.A.S.) and recognized by the Association
Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.) and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Alcuin School:

School Schedule: Varies per grade level.
Community:

North Dallas Community

School Size: Approx. 530
Student/Teacher Ratio: STUDENT/FACULTY Toddler: 7:1; Primary/Elementary: 13:1; Middle School: 8:1; Upper School (9th-12th): 8:1
Tuition:

COST $13,800 - $22,895

Financial Aid:

Assistance is available

Curriculum:

Alcuin School’s pedagogy is based on the pioneering work of Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori Method is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s educational philosophy has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world and Alcuin School is one of the largest accredited and widely renowned Montessori schools in the U.S.

Our view of the child is one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. Alcuin School’s approach to the Montessori educational philosophy values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.

Through these developmental needs, the child broadens knowledge as well as physical and psychological abilities. Alcuin School's education program is designed to take full advantage of the children’s desire to learn and their unique ability to develop their own capabilities.

At Alcuin School, we believe Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.

Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Alcuin School students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century.

The International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Middle Years Program (M.Y.P.)

Sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at Alcuin School follow the internationally recognized curriculum governed by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization originated over forty years ago in Europe as an effort by international schools to assure quality educational standards. Today, the organization uses the talents of educators around the world to continuously update curriculum, train teachers, and evaluate programs. Currently, there are approximately 467 Middle Years Programmes in the United States.

The I.B.M.Y.P. approach aligns Montessori principles and traditional school subjects. It offers interdisciplinary teaching in the disciplines of Spanish, language arts, humanities, technology, science, mathematics, physical education, and the arts. There is a continual emphasis on community and service, health, social education, and the environment.

Middle School students enjoy a number of educational travel experiences to enhance their knowledge of outdoor education, cultural literacy, world geography, and Spanish immersion. In recent years, students have enjoyed backpacking and canoeing in Big Bend National Park, toured Washington, D.C. to experience our national history, developed Spanish language skills in visits to Mexico, and visited Heifer Ranch and Global Village in Perryville, Arkansas, for an experiential education that promotes sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation.

Alcuin Upper School offers the International Baccalaureate Programmes (Middle Years Programme 9th and 10th Grade; Diploma Programme 11th and 12th Grade) within the context of Montessori principles—fusing two compelling and compatible educational approaches. The IB Upper School offers the perfect complement to our Montessori Program, ensuring that our graduates will be distinctly prepared for success in college and the changing world beyond.

Like the Montessori curriculum, the IB program teaches critical thinking, not just facts and figures. Our top-notch faculty encourages classroom participation and academic exploration, which prepare students for college and beyond. The world is changing and so is education. We are excited to offer this future-focused alternative to families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

International Baccalaureate

Alcuin School will be one of only a handful of Dallas schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes—described as “a rigorous, off-the-shelf curriculum recognized by universities around the world” when Time magazine featured it in a cover story entitled How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century. IB diplomas are highly regarded around the world, and the State of Texas has legislation requiring universities to implement policies awarding college credit to students who have successfully completed the IB Diploma Programme. In a New York Times article, educational psychologist Howard Gardner noted that IB helps students ''think critically, synthesize knowledge, reflect on their own thought processes and get their feet wet in interdisciplinary thinking.''

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) consists of eight subject groups integrated through five areas of interaction providing global contexts for learning. In 10th grade, students will also undertake an independent 'personal project' to demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It is designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

IB is a compelling complement to Montessori. Its global perspective and integration of international and social focus into every area of study is an easy fit and reflects the strenghts of a Montessori education. IB’s stated mission, “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect” matches what Montessori has been about for over 100 years.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Integrated Technology at Alcuin School

The Alcuin School and International Baccalaureate curriculum is deepened with many rich, educational opportunities enhanced by the integration of technology.

Our students take advantage of the opportunities that the latest technology provides in an array of activities.
•Video chat sessions with students abroad ◦Collaborating to solve global issues
◦Sharing cultural information

•School wide-mock elections utilizing a student-built website.
•Making use of software to design, market and layout the financial structure of restaurants.
•Designing games with visual programming language.
•Writing and publishing books on iPads.
•Conversing with experts in Science, Math, Business, Art and the Environment.
•Creating Digital portfolios employing a web based structure.
•Producing Digital Music and Art

Every Middle and Upper School student is given a laptop and is connected to programs on and off our campus. Learning is not contained to the classroom.

iPads, iPod touches, Flip cameras and other recording devices are all tools utilized to help create, investigate, research and collaborate.

Students use our video conferencing equipment to make connections from any room in our school and conduct interactive two-way audio/video collaboration. The unit is mobile, contains a LCD panel and can be rolled into any classroom or community space that has power and an internet port. We can visit and confer with new friends around the world and experts in any field on the big screen or small screen. A single class or multiple classes can conference together to enrich life and maximize learning potential.

At Alcuin School, the world is our classroom when you consider the possibilities and potential that integrated technology provides to our students every day.

School Clubs:

Athletics; sports teams; developmental leagues; music, performing and visual arts, competitive and non-competitive activities. Activities for all age levels.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Ample parking for parents, visitors, faculty and staff.

Uniform Guidelines:

No uniforms.

Mission Statement:

Mission Statement

Alcuin School inspires its students to reach their highest levels of personal and academic achievement, guides them to become compassionate global citizens, and prepares them to embrace challenges with confidence and innovation by providing the ideal Montessori and International Baccalaureate education.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Alcuin School Philosophy Our primary educational purpose is to provide an enriched academic and creative environment that features strong Montessori and International Baccalaureate programs that enhance our students’ intellectual, social, aesthetic and physical development enabling them to live happy, rewarding and productive lives. Our Goals In order to accomplish our philosophy, we work toward the following goals: •To provide a solid educational foundation for our students, beginning with early childhood and continuing through the middle school years. •To create a Montessori environment and institute a strong International Baccalaureate curriculum that supports the developmental needs of our students. •To support the faculty and staff in the development of quality programs. •To support our parent community in understanding our mission, school programs and the developing needs of our children. •We are committed to our school’s philosophy as a means of establishing an effective Montessori and International Baccalaureate environment throughout our community.
School History: Our History Alcuin School, one of the largest accredited Montessori schools in the U.S., provides an ideal learning environment and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme that guides and nurtures the full development of the child from 18 months through 8th 10th grade. Alcuin School will opened an Upper School in the fall of 2014, beginning with a 9th grade class. Each year thereafter, a grade will be added, culminating in the first graduating class in May 2018. Founded in 1964 by Episcopal priest Albert A. Taliaferro, the Montessori School of Dallas occupied part of a two-story house in Highland Park with 68 students between the ages of two and five. At the end of that first year, Alcuin School purchased two acres far across town, where they were located for almost twenty years. As the school continued to grow, its academic development paralleled its physical evolution. Farsighted parents, aware of the school’s growing reputation and enrollment, purchased more land in 1980. Alcuin School’s 225 students, along with its staff of over twenty, relocated into thirteen classrooms at 6144 Churchill Way in the summer of 1983. If the direction of Alcuin School from the 1960s through the 1980s was toward outward growth, the 1990s saw the school look more inward. In addition to the three-level academic program, Alcuin School established an endowment fund, formalized board governance, and aligned admissions with mission. Acquisitions included additional land, a Performing Arts Center, and exterior landscaping. Professional development flourished; science, foreign language and technology programs evolved. In recent years, the Middle School has been recognized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). Alcuin School’s IB program has serves students in 6th through 10th grade. IBMYP is a rigorous academic program that prepares them for not only high school but college as well. The school is currently in the process of seeking recognizaiotn from IBO to offer the IB Diploma Progamme. The IB Diploma Programme will serve students in grades 11 and 12. Both IB Programmes are committed to promoting independent learning, critical thinking, and inquisitiveness. Despite many changes over the years, Alcuin School still remains deeply committed to its founder's vision of educational excellence. Today, Alcuin School sits on a beautifully scenic 12-acre campus and has grown to accommodate more than 480 students. Construction of new facilities expanded the campus to include an Upper Elementary and Middle School, Upper School classrooms, gymnasium, library, state of the art science lab, and an Innovation Studio which all provide the ideal environment for students today and tomorrow to live, learn and play.