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White Rock Montessori School

1601 Oates Drive
Dallas, TX 75228

(214) 324-5580


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

"Maria Montessori called the period between birth and age 6 the FIRST PLANE OF DEVELOPMENT. She characterized children of this age as having an 'absorbent mind,' the ability to literally absorb, like a sponge, all kinds of information about their environment and culture. The preschool child's need for order and independence is reflected in the highly organized and child-proportioned nature of the preschool environment. Lessons are given to the children one-on-one. Teachers are careful to match the activity to the child's 'sensitive period' for that particular aspect of learning." --Excerpted from

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught "Concrete, manipulative materials organized into the following curricular areas: Everyday Living Skills, Sensory Awareness, Math, Geometry, Language, Foreign Language (Spanish), Geography, History, Art, Drama, Music, Science, Environmental Science/Gardening, Gross and Fine Motor Refinement." (Excerpt from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"White Rock Montessori is dedicated to providing a challenging educational environment in which each child is empowered to grow to his/her fullest potential academically, emotionally, physically and socially at each stage of development.

"Following the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, the school provides a consistent framework for learning through the dynamic partnership of child, parent and teacher. White Rock Montessori students develop a deep sense of personal and social responsibility and respect for themselves, others and the environment." -- Excerpted from

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"White Rock Montessori brings together families who have chosen to identify with a common commitment to the shared concerns, values, and expectations they have for their children. We come from different backgrounds, but our sense of community exists in spite of, or perhaps because of it. White Rock teaches our children to understand and appreciate cultural differences and shared human values: peace, independence, human dignity, and a celebration of life.

"In a time when it is often difficult to establish the same positive feelings of continuity, unification, and stability in our own neighborhoods, White Rock Montessori has succeeded in recreating a positive sense of identity, mutual caring and concern among its students, teachers, and parents.

"Parents play a crucial role at White Rock Montessori. This is a community of parents and educators. Few schools are so open and responsive to suggestions and concerns." -- Excerpted from

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school