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Park Cities Day School

4011 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75209

(214) 350-2503


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Our curriculum is Montessori based with traditional influences. Our teachers guide the children to think and examine their choices in the classrooms, developing at their own speed and according to their own capablilities.

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
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish classes are free for children ages 3 1/2 to 5. Computer classes are available on Friday for ages 3 1/2 to 5 for $6 per week. Gymnastics classes are held each Tuesday for children ages 2 1/2 to 5, for $35 per month.

From the Director:

We use the High Reach Learning Curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Montessori work stations enable teachers to work with children at their own developmental pace. Instruction is very individualized.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission statement is to provide affordable and quality childcare with an emphasis on Montessori teaching while promoting diversity in cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Our goal at Park Cities Day School is to introduce our children to the joy of learning at an early age, in a very loving and nurturing environment.

A Typical Day

The teachers in the preschool class work with the children in the traditional Montessori areas: practical life, sensorial math, language, and geography. We also use traditional methods at this level as well. Each child has their own workbook, which helps reinforce the lessons that they are learning.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

PCDS is run by a board of directors, composed of parents of enrolled children. The board holds regular meetings at the school at 6PM on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend. As we are a non-profit school, we rely on parents to volunteer periodically with fundraising, workdays, and other activities as necessary. There are several special parent committees including finance, legal, operations, facilities, fundraising, and the welcoming committee. The school has fun activities like family picnics and carnavals. Parents are always welcome to drop by the school to visit with their child.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

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:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We let parents know that it can take children a month to a month and a half to fully adjust to being away from parents. We provide lots of extra love for the children during this time.