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Northpark Presbyterian Day School

9555 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75231

(214) 361-8024


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our educational philosophy is a combination of free play with some structure and teacher-led instruction. We feel that children learn through play, and teachers plan activities which are developmentally appropriate to each age group. Children are given many opportunities for free play and free choice of activities as well as structured activities. If a child is ready for the next level of accademic instruction it will be offered. Our Interim Class is a choice for parents with children who need an additional year due to a summer birthday

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
  • Prop boxes, puppet stage and puppets
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Math manipulatives (sequencing, sorting, counting)
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Teacher-led Spanish classes for 3 & 4 year olds. Social skills classes. Science classes for 3 & 4 year olds.

From the Director:

Teachers plan a stimulating learning environment which encourages children to explore and expand their knowledge. Many activities are provided with opportunities for free choice and free play throughout the day.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers are encouraged to work one on one with children because each age group has aids with scheduled classroom times.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Northpark Day School strives to provide young children opportunities to grow physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually and to develop a sense of self-worth within the context of the Christian faith.

A Typical Day

Welcome and arrival time

'Learning centers' - art, manipulatives, science, listening center, sensory activities, blocks, puppets

Circle time - unit exploration, language development, calendar activities, phonics, counting, literature

Music and movement class provided daily for each class

One day of Spanish offered to 3 years & older.

One day of Science offered to 3 years & older

Chapel once a week for all ages.

Outdoor play

Lunch Bunch - Extended day W.Th. & F.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-teacher conferences are held mid-year. Parents can also request conferences throughout the year by appointment. Additionally, teachers will contact parents when discussion is needed.Teachers and Director fill out private school applications to many different schools each spring for our graduating students.

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 is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teachers encourage a positive goodbye routine and welcome and comfort the child. Parents are called if separation anxiety is prolonged. Children are transitioned into the program gradually.