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The Highlander School

9120 Plano Road
Dallas, TX 75238

(214) 348-3220


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We utilize The Carden Curriculum.

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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught French, Computer

From the Director:

We utilize The Carden Curriculum, a unique, and highly individualized program for each student.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each situation is handled individually.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The school is dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development of children during the most formative years of their lives. In addition to teaching academic skills and offering a variety of enrichment programs, Highlander is committed to nurturing children and promoting their self-esteem. The following words summarize the philosophy at the heart of instruction at Highlander: "It is a wise teacher who makes learning a joy, but an even wiser one who makes each of God's children feel special."

A Typical Day

8:15- 8:45 : Choosing Time
8:45- 9:00 : Circle Time
9:00- 10:00 : Curriculum Time w/ Reading Groups & Jobs
10:00-10:30 : Outside Play
10:30-10:45: Snack
10:45-11:00: Math
11:00-11:15: Handwriting
Special Classes each day may vary from Music, Art, Storytime, Computer, French

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication is key to any parent/teacher/school relationship. We have new family events to help them get connected during the summer. Before school starts, parents are invited to attend a classroom orientation. There are three scheduled conferences during the year. However, we encourage parents to write notes, phone call, or set up additional conferences throughout the year. Highlander has three Open Houses on weekdays, and one Open House on a Sunday.

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
  • 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