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Dallas International School

6039 Churchill Way
Dallas, TX 75230

Phone:
(972) 991-6379

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

"Preschool welcomes children at a time when their progress and evolution are particularly pronounced. For many children, this is often the first opportunity for social assimilation. Therefore the first objective is to teach young children how to interact. Preschool is a special and unique environment where children establish the foundation for all future learning. The variety and wealth of their experiences enable them to build their knowledge and prepare, through structured learning, for more systematic learning at the elementary school level. The activities offered to children are designed to encourage them to exercise and develop their motor, emotional, relational, and intellectual capacities. The preschool curriculum has been carefully organized so that each child can act and participate within the learning space, time and situation to maximize his or her learning experience" -- Excerpted from school literature

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting objects, identifying written numbers...
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD's
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Preschool students are taught the curriculum in French, Enlgish and Spanish, thus laying a foundation for multiple languages.

From the Director:

Most of the above areas are taught at the preschool level in French, English and Spanish by qualified native speakers of the language.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Tutoring is available for those who need reinforcement in certain areas, and additional tasks are given to those who have grasped a concept before others.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Dallas International School educates students of all backgrounds to contribute to a dynamic world with its internationally renowned curriculum, multiple language instruction, and exposure to diverse cultural views.
Our primary objective is to provide an excellent education based on a French-American educational structure to children regardless of race, religion, gender or nationality. Subjects are taught in both French and English, enabling children to achieve fluency in both languages. Spanish and Chinese is also included in the curriculum, offering the possibility of multilingualism by graduation. At the 9th grade, students choose to remain in the French Baccalaureate Program and receive the French Baccalaureate Diploma upon graduation or follow the English -taught International Baccalaureate Program that leads to the Itnernatioanl Baccalaureate Diploma upon graduation.

A Typical Day

Preschool Program:
Pre-writing exercises
Vocabulary acquisition
Basic mathematical concepts
Science-exploration of their world
Social studies-exploring family and friends
Gross motor skills development
Elementary Program;
Pysical Education class
Academic subjects - math, French, social studies and sciences, art an dmusic , taugh tin French.
English Langauge Arts - taught in English
Spanish Language Arst - taught in Spanish
Middle School:
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Algebra, Geometry,
Music, Art, History, Geography, French Langauge - taught in French.
English Langauge and Literature- taught in English.
Spanish or Chinese as third language choice.
High School:
Choice between French or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to meet with their teachers at any time in addition to organized private conferences held at each trimester. School starts with an orientation, followed by parent meetings. Parents can email teachers at any time. Informational coffe sessions are heldp regularly with the headmaster of the school and parents.
The school organizes parenting seminars to help parents with questions on raising small children.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on