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    Alcuin School

    Alcuin School provides excellence at every level and fosters an educational environment of "Innovative Thinkers and Passionate Learners."

    Big Changes at Dallas' Alcuin School Include Upper School Addition, New Name

    Last updated 8 months ago

    DALLAS – Dallas’ Alcuin School, which until now has served the educational needs of students in early childhood through the eighth grade, will be adding a fully accredited coeducational upper school program in the fall of 2014.

    “The upper school offers the perfect complement to our Montessori Program, ensuring that our graduates will be distinctly prepared for success in college and the changing world beyond,” says Head of School Walter Sorensen. “We pride ourselves on attracting students and families who prioritize education through progressive, independent thinking. We want our high school students to have that same passion, that same drive.”

    Located on the Alcuin School’s north Dallas campus, the upper school will feature curriculum from the International Baccalaureate, a world-renowned college preparatory program created to serve the families of the diplomatic corps. The IB Programme emphasizes collaborative learning and student initiative through an interdisciplinary academic core of math, science, humanities, English, foreign language, technology, arts and athletics.

    Alcuin’s sixth through eighth grades already follow the Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, a rigorous developmentally appropriate course of study that allows students to engage with essential concepts while discovering their own learning styles. The sixth grade program blends the IB framework with the Montessori curriculum, which is followed down through the Toddler level.  The Montessori Method incorporates mixed-age classrooms and project-based learning, fostering academic self-sufficiency, and forming an excellent foundation for the critical thinking students need in the IB.

    “Like the Montessori curriculum, the IB program teaches critical thinking, not just facts and figures,” Mr. Sorensen says. “Our top-notch faculty encourages classroom participation and academic exploration, which prepares students for college and beyond. The world is changing and so is education. We are excited to offer this future-focused alternative to families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.”

    Administrators say both the Montessori and International Baccalaureate programs cultivate personal integrity and respect for diversity of perspective.

    “Bright students seeking academic rigor and who are curious about the world around them will do well in this program,” says Director of Admission Annie Villalobos.

    Alcuin School plans to accept about 15 freshman students for the 2014-15 school year. The school will later expand the program, adding one grade level per year to include about 50 students per grade. Upper school pupils will benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio, a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, and the welcoming, diverse community at Alcuin School.

    The addition of the upper school will coincide with the Alcuin School’s 50th anniversary.

    “It’s fitting that we will celebrate our first 50 years of educational excellence with the addition of the prestigious IB Diploma Programme as it signals the future of how Alcuin School will educate its upper school students,” Mr. Sorensen says. “This represents a natural educational progression that begins with the early childhood and lower school Montessori program and continues with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years curriculum.”

    Beginning July 1, 2013, the St. Alcuin Montessori School became the Alcuin School. Acknowledging its namesake Alcuin of York, the 8th-century scholar and teacher, the new name more accurately reflects the school’s non-sectarian status and the variety of faiths and belief systems welcome in Alcuin School’s diverse community. As one of the leading Montessori schools in the country, Alcuin School remains committed to the principles of Maria Montessori. Alcuin School’s early childhood and lower school programs will continue in that tradition.

    A vibrant, nurturing, coeducational academic community, Alcuin School uses the Montessori and International Baccalaureate program methods to foster critical thinking and a lifelong passion for learning. With faculty support, students at Alcuin School are eager to embrace change, question the status quo, and prepare for their future as leaders in a global society. For more information, visit

    For more information, contact Carla Meadows at 972.980.6362 or

    Alcuin School Traditions: Community Activities

    Last updated 8 months ago

    At Alcuin School, we are a family. From our staff to our students to our parents, we’re a community that makes a point of coming together frequently throughout the year. We believe parental involvement is an essential ingredient in a quality education and make sure families have ample opportunities to get involved. Here are just a few of the traditions we hold dear at our Dallas school:

    General Parents’ Meeting
    We start off each school year right with a meeting for parents and teachers. This meeting sets the tone for the year. It starts with a general meeting to discuss upcoming events and educational initiatives. Then, parents are free to visit their children’s classrooms to meet their teachers and learn about classroom plans and policies. Lastly, the entire Alcuin community gets a chance to mix and mingle at a social. Our social is a great time to meet fellow parents and swap numbers for carpools and play dates.

    Grandparents’ Day
    Grandparents are important parts of our students’ lives, and at Alcuin School, we want to foster those bonds. We hold our Grandparents’ Day on the Friday before Thanksgiving, when many visiting grandparents are likely to be in town. On this day, grandparents are welcome to tour our campus and visit their grandchildren in their classrooms.

    Annual Auction
    The Alcuin Annual Auction is our major fundraising event for the year. The proceeds raised by the auction are invested in giving our students more opportunities in their Montessori educations. This formal event is held off-campus. The details vary from year to year, but it remains a favorite occasion with our parents.

    We’ve barely scratched the surface of the special events we host each year at Alcuin Montessori School. Visit our website to learn more about our traditions. Are you considering our Dallas private school for your kids? Call us at (972) 239-1745. We’re here to answer your questions about our school’s curriculum, Montessori learning, and the International Baccalaureate program. 

    Dads' Club Events

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The Dads’ Club at Alcuin School exists to create opportunities for dads to get involved in their kids’ educations. As a subgroup of the Parents’ Club, we operate by their guidelines and bylaws. We hold events throughout the year to foster the bonds between Alcuin School dads and our kids.

    If you’re interested in becoming a Dads’ Club member, stop by our first meeting of the year, held right after the General Parent Meeting. After that, we meet on the last Thursday of most months in the Wyly at 7 p.m. Some of our annual events include our Monday Night Football Party and our April golf tournament. We also host the Dads’ Club Breakfast every November, during which we eat with our Alcuin students. We also cook breakfast for the Alcuin moms for the May Breakfast for Moms event.

    Dads’ Club is a supportive, welcoming group for Alcuin School fathers. Take your place in your child’s education and join our group. Call the school at (972) 239-1745 to learn more. 

    How Alcuin School Helps Students Prepare for Their Future

    Last updated 9 months ago

    At Alcuin School, we’re committed to helping our students develop two crucial skills: thinking and communication. We also offer an International Baccalaureate program that provides students with a deeper understanding of the connection between academics and the outside world. Armed with these abilities, Alcuin students are equipped to tackle all of the goals they set for themselves, no matter which career fields they eventually enter. In this video, Alcuin students explain how the school has helped them develop these skills.

    Watch this video to hear from two Alcuin students. One seventh-grader explains how school projects have helped her develop a logical approach to problem solving. The other student, an eighth-grader, describes how the independence in learning that is a hallmark of an Alcuin education forces students to become good communicators as they express their interests and goals to their teachers.

    Is our private, Dallas Montessori school right for you child? Schedule a tour of Alcuin School and find out. Call (972) 239-1745 to learn more about our academic programs.

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