East Dallas Community School's mission is to provide an outstanding education to culturally and economically diverse groups of children from primarily low income families during their first nine years of life.
Montessori education is characterized by multi-age classrooms, a special set of educational materials, student-chosen work in long time blocks, collaboration, the absence of grades and tests, and individual and small group instruction in both academic and social skills. A child's "typical day" would involve work and lessons (individual and group) in the areas of practical life (care of the self and the environment), sensorial, language, math, and cultural subjects such as geography, art, music, and botany. A hot breakfast is served each day, and the children bring their lunches and eat as a group. Each day includes periods of free play outside, and free access to our outdoor environment for gardening and working in the fresh air. Montessori education nurtures independence, self-motivation, creativity, responsibility, cooperation and respect for others, and self-confidence.