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Brilliance Preschool & Academy

14450 Marsh Lane
Addison, TX 75001

(972) 488-1277


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We look at each child as an individual and teach them at the level that they are at. Each teacher will asses each child to make sure the child is understanding and can apply each concept that is being taught.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The mission of Brilliance Academy is to develop every child in the areas of communication, creativity, critical thinking, character, and confidence so that there is a formation of intellect and skill that will maximize their potential in our global and meritocratic society.

"Brilliance Preschool and Academy was established in January of 1996 to fill a need for a high quality preschool education. In a period of six years, Brilliance has added Kindergarten, and 1st ? 4th grades. This growth is directly attributed to the positive development that parents have witnessed during their children?s preschool attendance at Brilliance.

"Brilliance Academy?s approach to education is a blend of the best practices identified by three educators: Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, and Howard Gardner. In developing its methodology, Brilliance curriculum has taken into account the importance of a child?s early formative years, the cognitive phases of a child?s development, the benefits of learning through concrete experiences, and the evaluation of the eight intelligences as presented by Howard Gardner.

"Brilliance focuses on the process of learning and not just the product. Therefore, the work that the children do may not be perfect but it is what they have learned, the comprehension and the growth they go through in ?doing? is what is important.

"Brilliance uses the A Beka and The Core Knowledge curriculum to develop language, math, science, and social studies. Every year Brilliance reviews best practices in education and incorporates learnings that provide enhanced advantages to the students."

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A Typical Day

"Brilliance uses learning centers to provide the opportunity for each child to develop self-motivation and independence. There is a blend of child-directed and teacher-directed learning. The teacher introduces new concepts to the children during one-on-one sessions and then allows them to practice until the concept has been mastered. Scheduled group times such as circle time, lunch, recess, music, concert practice, etc., provide the children with opportunities to develop their social skills."

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We give out 3 report cards a year. and the teachers do monthly evaluations for each child. This helps the teachers foster the childs academic ablity. At the end of each week the teachers send home a news letter to inform the parents of the weeks events. The children also recieve homework that is an extention of what they were taught that week at school. This keeps the parents involved in what the children are learning. In December we also have parent/ teacher conferences.

"Brilliance Academy has a Parent Association that meets regularly to plan events and parent education seminars. Parents are encouraged to participate actively in this association."

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have cameras so that the parents can watch the child from the office area. We also want the parents to visit the school with the child before they start so that they are familiar with their new school.