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FEATURES 20 Your Kids Are All Right

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REAL MOMS 13 Mom Next Door / Amber Venz Box The costs of pushing our kids to be the best at everything, p. 20

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anuary is a clean slate. A time when we all collectively unwind from the highs, lows and hectic pace of the holidays and recenter ourselves (or at least attempt to). It’s a palate cleanser for the upcoming year, one that we hope is filled with a lot more positivity and uplifting news. To that end, you’ll find a new article in our pages this month: Influencers. Every issue, we’ll introduce you to someone in our community who is making a positive impact, whether it’s a child, parent, teacher or business leader. These influencers are making people’s lives a little better in whatever way they know how. It’s not all doom and gloom out there, and we intend to shine a light on those who are working to change our world for the good. They’ve inspired us, and I know they’ll inspire you. Isn’t that what we all hope our own kids grow up to be—a force for good? Yet it’s easy for us as concerned parents to stress about whether our kids are making straight A’s or are chosen for the select soccer team, instead of celebrating them for who they are. Sure, they could apply themselves more. Yes, they absolutely could spend less time on Snapchat and more time studying. But as Misty Jackson-Miller discovers in her story, “The Kids Are All Right” on pg. 20, kids don’t need straight A’s or a varsity letter jacket to become happy, successful adults. None of my three kids were on the all-A’s honor roll every year or at the very top of their graduating class. But with one a creative director doing work she loves, another studying biochemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas and the third graduating college in May and planning to move to New York to work in finance, I’d say they’re turning out just fine. They’re happy, fulfilled and excited by what they’re doing. And I’m proud of them. So don’t fret, parents—your kids are going to be OK. The January issue marks a clean slate of sorts for our magazine too: We bid a fond farewell to our executive editor, Wendy Generes, who moved to sunny California with her family and is now the editor of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine. We wish her the best of luck. Happy New Year!

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“They see us practicing good habits, and that’s a more powerful lesson than anything we can teach them,” she says.

Saving money is a significant part of money BUDDING BUDGETERS management, but what do you do if your Of course, money managechildren are too young to make money through ment goes far beyond the a part-time job? This is when many parents allowance debate. Susie employ a weekly or monthly Mayes helps coordinate allowance—yet the debate the Las Colinas Federal continues over whether to Credit Union’s studentBANK give a financial reward for run branch program, BOOKS work done around the house. where elementary kids in Head to the library to Patrina Dixon, a finanCoppell Independent School check out these stories cial consultant and mother, District apply to staff on-site that help kids learn about believes in doling out a credit union branches. The saving and budgeting: weekly allowance—providschool branches open twice ing your kiddos earn it. a month for students to do PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN “The allowance should very real banking—about Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells be for something that helps $400,000 has been deposited Bunnies Max and Ruby have to the household, like doing in savings accounts since the figure out how to pay for their the dishes or laundry, takprogram started in 2004. grandmother’s birthday present. ing out the garbage or rakUnsurprisingly, Mayes Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by ing the yard,” she explains. believes it’s never too early Simms Taback Allowance apps can help to start budgeting, a pracIn this Caldecott Medal winner, Joseph’s coat starts to get worn kids visualize their earnings tice she says should be as out, so he uses the material for (and help you stay on top hands-on as possible. other things, teaching kids that of a payment schedule). For “If you’ve got a big vacaevery little bit counts. example, BusyKid, which tion coming up, involve your ELEMENTARY costs $14.95 per year for kids in the budgeting process Annie’s Adventures series by one family, lets you create a as you save up money,” she Lauren Baratz-Logsted virtual chore chart, pay your says. “When my kids were Eight sisters who find themselves kids for completing chores, little, they both had to clean suddenly independent have then oversee how they use out their rooms for our anto learn the basics of earning money, paying bills and even the money they’ve earned: nual garage sale. Afterward, writing checks in this light and They can choose to save, we divided up the earnings, humorous series. spend, even invest in stock, and our children had a set The Lemonade War series by all through the app. amount of spending money Jacqueline Davies That is, if you decide to for the trip.” A brother and sister open rival pay your children for doing Take the kids to the lemonade stands and must use their wit, wiles and business work around the house. bank. Make it as experienacumen to come out on top. Hume and her husband tial as possible. “Instead of are in the other camp, opting going through the drivenot to give their two kids an thru, go inside and fill out allowance. “Because of that, we find different the deposit slips,” Dixon offers. ways to encourage saving,” she says. Her kids reAs your child nears the teenage years, ceive money on their birthdays, which they are Mayes suggests building a budget together so encouraged to save for family vacations instead that your preteen will know how—and how of spend on every item that strikes their fancy. not—to use credit and debit accounts. Dallas mom Liz Farris practices similar By implementing a budget early on, habits with her three children but with an preteens can learn how to track their spendadded perk to help them build saving accounts. ing and set weekly, monthly and yearly goals. “We don’t give allowance for chores Establishing these habits while they’re still around the house because we believe they young can pay dividends in the long term. should be doing that just to help out,” she “It only takes a few minutes to track your says. “But we have always encouraged them spending, and that few minutes can save to earn money by babysitting, dog sitting and hundreds of dollars,” Mayes says. doing other part-time jobs.” And once you’ve shown your children At the end of each month, Farris and her how to manage their money, Mayes says be husband match the money their children have sure to demonstrate that there’s a time and earned and allow them to either spend it on place for giving back. something they’ve been wanting or save it “Make sure your children understand for the future. She believes that they typically giving and see you giving,” she says. “Seeing choose to save because of the good example she parents give with a cheerful heart will help and her husband set with their own finances. children keep money in perspective.”

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mber Venz Box was a 23-yearold fashion blogger fresh out of Southern Methodist University when her million—make that billion—dollar idea hit. The question: How can I make money from blogging? The answer: rewardStyle, a platform that allows fashion bloggers to monetize clicks by tracking the traffic and sales they drive to retailers. Launched in 2011 with her then-boyfriend now-husband, Baxter Box, rewardStyle boasts a global network in the tens of thousands with 4,000 retail partners and more than 500,000 brands. The company’s newest launches, LiketoKnow.it and @LiketoKnow. it.Family, make it possible for followers to buy merchandise from their favorite bloggers’ and retailers’ Instagram posts. As president, Venz Box is a certified jetsetter and master multitasker, balancing hefty professional responsibilities (she’s the creative and marketing brain behind the business) with caring for her two children: Birdie, 2, and Boyce, 8 months.

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real moms / A M B E R “I want to show the kids that working hard is rewarding, but I don’t want to do that at the expense of someone else raising them,” says Venz Box, 30. “I’ve talked to other working moms about it a lot lately. My goals are admirable, but I hope I’m executing them in the right way.”

VENZ BOX a need. Back in 2015 I had my daughter, and it became increasingly difficult for me to go get my nails done, so we’re launching a new app called Cherry for nails anytime, anywhere. I call it a fun project, but hopefully it will be the next big company. HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED SINCE BECOMING A MOTHER? My

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children have made me a betMy mom was ter person. I’ve always encourbecome more aging me to be empathetic “THERE’S JUST SO MUCH LOVE IN OUR HOUSE creative. And and started to NOW,” VENZ BOX SAYS, THANKS TO THE ADDITION OF BIRDIE, 2; AND BOYCE, 8 MONTHS. my dad is a notice the world small-business around me owner. He encouraged my brother and me more. It’s also helped me to delegate, be more to own our own businesses because it would intentional and reset my priorities. Rewardallow us to build the lifestyle that we wanted. Style was No. 1 for many years. Over the last WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE several years, I’ve had a refactoring of that. My LAUNCHING REWARDSTYLE SIX YEARS faith is No. 1. Marriage is No. 2. Kids are 3, AGO? I’ve learned a lot about hiring the right and work is 4. people and delegation. That’s something I WHAT’S MOST DIFFICULT ABOUT had a hard time with as a young founder. MOTHERHOOD? The balance. I love workHaving two kids, I don’t even have an option ing and being involved in so many projects. anymore. The third thing is the importance But the first eight years of your child’s life are of peers and mentors. For so long, I didn’t the most impressionable. As much as I want make enough room for people to spend every waking moment in my life. with them, I also want to be the WHAT’S MOST DIFFICULT best person I can be for them. ABOUT HELMING A COMIt’s trying to juggle how to run AS MUCH AS PANY OF THIS SIZE? Finding a large business and also be a I WANT TO really strong talent you can great mom. That’s something I SPEND EVERY genuinely struggle with. delegate to and trust. One wrong leader can derail the HOW DO YOU AND WAKING entire company. BAXTER STAY CONNECTED? MOMENT WITH It sounds so rigid, but we found WHICH FEMALE LEADERS DO YOU LOOK UP TO? we were working all the time [MY KIDS], I Sheryl Sandberg for different whether we wanted to or not. ALSO WANT TO So now we have a rule that once reasons. In the peer space, my friend Whitney Wolfe has done BE THE BEST we get out of the car, all work an amazing job building her discussion is off. If we have an PERSON I CAN idea or something we want to company, Bumble. WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING BE FOR THEM. talk about, we just put time on WITH YOUR HUSBAND? We each other’s calendar. Putting love getting to work together. those boundaries in place has We have very complementary really helped us. skill sets. His background is in finance and WHAT KEEPS YOU GROUNDED? I grew engineering, and mine is completely fashion up in a Christian household, but throughout and marketing. It’s incredible to have a cocollege and professional life, I didn’t really founder who I trust through and through. prioritize that. Now that’s resurfaced and WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO LAUNCH is something that’s very important. When LIKETOKNOW.IT.FAMILY? When I had kids, you make God the priority, you become less I started to realize how much parents rely on selfish, and you’re able to focus more on their peers to inform their purchase decisions. loving other people. If faith hadn’t become a I started following other moms online and rebig part of my life, I think rewardStyle would alized this content was a natural part of what probably still be No. 1. was happening in the influencer space.

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:10AM My alarm goes off, and I throw on the workout clothes I set out the night before. 5:30AM I meet up with over a dozen other crazy people in a parking lot for Camp Gladiator. I started CG in March and got really into these killer boot camp–style workouts. Some days I take my kiddos to a late morning or afternoon camp, but the early mornings are a great time for me to focus on myself. 6:45AM I make it home at the exact time the coffee maker stops brewing. We’re talking Mr. Coffee and Folgers here. Nothing crazy, but coming home to a quiet house that smells of coffee while rocking an endorphin high—that’s next level stuff. 7AM My husband, Josh, and our two kids (Jake, 4, and Catherine, 2) wake up, and I get the breakfast train rolling. Breakfast is usually a three- to five-course delight. Today it starts with smoothies, then we move on to “pancake sandwiches” (peanut

butter and jelly with Eggo waffles as the bread) and scrambled eggs. 7:30AM “Mommy can we make banana bread!?” After being a teacher for the past 12 years and wildly dashing out the door early every morning, it makes my heart skip a beat to be able to say, “Yes let’s do it.” We kiss Josh goodbye, whip up some banana bread and get dressed while it bakes. 8:45AM We eat said banana bread on the front porch (THE CRUMBS). 9AM Tuesdays are library day. When I didn’t return to the classroom this fall, some panic started to creep in. What are we going to do all week? Multiple friends advised me to get on a schedule. The teacher inside me said “duh.” It took a few months, but we’re starting to fall into a good rhythm. Every Tuesday we walk to our neighborhood library and spend the morning there for story time followed by a play and learn group. We check out four books for the week and walk home. 11:15AM It’s an 85-degree November day so we spread out a blanket in the backyard and the kids play while I make lunch (grilled cheese, hummus and chips, yogurt, strawberries). We eat outside avoiding a deluge of THE CRUMBS inside. Crumbs are the worst. 12PM Everyone is upstairs for a nap. I throw a pork loin in the Crock-Pot, pick up downstairs, change my clothes and touch up my makeup. 2PM My mom (Mimi) comes over to watch the kids while I go to Dallas for a tutoring job I’m doing at one of the private schools. I do this twice a week and am really enjoying working with a fun group of fourth graders (and also breaking out my teacher clothes). 5PM Tutoring is done. It’s time to make the hour-commute home. It’s not ideal, but podcasts to the rescue! Today I listen to a “Fresh Air” interview of Anthony Bourdain. 6PM I finally make it home from tutoring. Josh has the kids going with their dinner. Bless him. I pull the pork and heat up some tortillas and throw together a chopped salad. Dinner is served! 6:45PM Josh runs the shower and jammies show while I clean up the kitchen. 7:15PM We each read a book to the kids and then comes a new component to the bedtime routine: The Break Dance Battle. Jake is very into break dancing, so of course little sister is too. Somehow it turned into the two kids having a threeround break dance battle with my husband as the beat box every night before bed.

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WHAT SHE’S READING I’m eternally in the middle of two Michener books (Iberia and Hawaii). They are so interesting yet such slow reads. FAVORITE INDULGENCE A weekend away with my husband WHAT’S ON HER DVR Modern Family, various sporting events, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Real Housewives of Dallas WHERE SHE GOES FOR RETAIL THERAPY Nordstrom Rack FAVORITE MOVIE ET FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH JC Chasez from his Mickey Mouse Club days RESTAURANT SHE FREQUENTS WITH HER FAMILY Taverna Rossa & Mi Cocina FAVORITE DATE NIGHT SPOT Javier’s and then a Bob Schneider show at the Granada GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER LAUGH Our kids’ break dancing battles GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER CRY Going through old pictures on a camera roll clean-out BEVERAGE OF CHOICE Captain and Diet FAVORITE SCENT Victoria’s Secret Heavenly (I’ve been wearing it since college.) BEST PURCHASE EVER My car—Lexus RX350. I’m on my third one. The first one was hit by a drunk driver on the Tollway. I was told my car saved my life. NO. 1 ITEM ON HER BUCKET LIST Machu Picchu WORDS SHE LIVES BY Do the right thing. TOP PLAYLIST Early 2000s TOP PODCAST KERA’s “Think” with Krys Boyd FAVORITE APP Walmart Grocery WORKOUT SHE MANAGES TO SQUEEZE IN Camp Gladiator ON GIRLS NIGHT, WE’LL FIND HER On the patio at Zorba’s GO-TO UNIFORM Denim on denim BIGGEST PET PEEVE Too much noise SHE WISHES SHE HAD MORE TIME TO Garden WHAT SHE DOES WHEN LIFE GETS STRESSFUL Take a step back to regroup MOTHERHOOD IN FIVE WORDS Don’t take it for granted. ONGOING PROJECT Updating our 1970s Tudor FAVORITE GIFT TO GIVE FRIENDS Hanky Pankys CELEB MOM SHE ADMIRES Chef Marcela Valladolid

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Breathe easy, parents of B students and thirdstringers: Your child doesn’t have to be top of the class to be successful in life. WORDS MISTY JACKSON-MILLER ILLUSTRATION JULIA LAVIGNE

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rynn Sandlin is the community coordinator for the Healthy Kids Running Series in Frisco. There are no uniforms. No team practices. No stress. “There isn’t anything like it,” says Sandlin, whose two sons, ages 6 and 3 ½, participate. The emphasis of the program is on finishing your race, not winning it—the points system favors consistency rather than the occasional first-place finish. Not every kid will win a trophy at the end of the series, but regardless, everyone will have a good time. Before every race, Sandlin tells her sons, “I expect you to finish your race. That is what your goal is. Someone might be faster than you this week; next week, it might be you.” She’s teaching them that coming in second—or last—doesn’t mean they’ll never finish first in the future, and that success is about more than being the best at everything they pursue. After all, not all kids are honor students or star athletes or violin prodigies. Yes, some kids excel in academics. Others have gifts like perfect pitch. And the parents of these children have their own sets of

challenges to address. But that’s not the typical kid. Typical kids make B’s and C’s and don’t make the varsity squad. Instead they have creative minds or gritty spirits, skills that are impossible to quantify on a battery of standardized assessment tests. Skills that may shine in the lab or the boardroom 20 years down the road. And yet, right now, parents push these kids so hard to be something they’re not, especially in activities for which they might not have the talent—or even the passion. It comes at a cost. Many of the parents I’ve talked to, both for this article and in more casual settings, agree that this generation of parents is spending more money, and a lot more time, on all the “extras” to push their kids to greatness. They’re not making it up: The BackPack Index found that between 2007 and 2015, the average cost of supplies and extracurricular school activities increased 88 percent for families with elementary school students and 81 percent for middle school students. In 2016, the average family spent $659 per elementary kid on these school-related activities annually, and $957 per middle-schooler. And those figures are just for school-related activities. In 2016, TD Ameritrade surveyed families with children in premier athletics programs. A majority spent $100–$500 per month, per child—and about a third of the parents surveyed reported spending more than $500 a month. The average parent is now spending the equivalent of a monthly car payment (or three) on private tutoring, hobbies, league play, equipment, uniforms, etc. It’s no longer enough to have a happy, resourceful B student or for the child to compete on a recreational sports team. The message these kids are absorbing, whether they realize it or not, is that they aren’t enough. And if they don’t finish first here and now, they never will. Breathe, Mom and Dad. Your kids are going to be all right. More than that, by pursuing their passions and honing skills like teamwork and perseverance, they’re creating their own pathways to success.

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A HUGE INVESTMENT

THE MESSAGE THESE KIDS ARE ABSORBING, WHETHER THEY REALIZE IT OR NOT, IS THAT THEY AREN’T ENOUGH.

Jennifer W. of Flower Mound has a 9-year-old son, Bryan (names changed by request), who is absolutely crazy about basketball. He’s on an academy-level team and has to go through tryouts every six months. The flat rate for six months of play is $1,560. In addition to the league dues, his uniforms—custom tailored—total $300 per season. He plays with a small group of boys from the league, four times a week, for $200 a month. And the family spends about $240 on private lessons every other month. Tournaments, which occur twice per season, carry an additional cost. “It’s expensive, but he loves it,” Jennifer says. “We’ve cut out a lot of things to make it work.” That TD Ameritrade survey reveals she’s not alone: More than half of parents with kids in elite sports cut back on entertainment to pay for athletic expenses, 40 percent take fewer vacations and nearly a fourth put less money into savings and retirement accounts. Jennifer is adamant that one of the reasons why parents seem to be pushing their kids so hard, more so than what she remembers from her childhood, is because league play and other activities can feel like a huge investment—and as the numbers show, they are. We tend to frame this discussion in terms of sports. (After all, this is Texas.) But the arts and academics are absolutely a part of this conversation too. Tutoring and eventually SAT and ACT prep don’t come cheap: According to Angie’s List, tutoring services cost

anywhere from $20 per hour for online tutoring to $30–$60 per hour for in-person services, with some experienced private tutors charging up to $85. Furthermore, in addition to money, our children’s activities and interests require a significant investment of time. Multiple weekly practices, tutoring sessions and all the cross-town road trips leave little time for awesome things like family meals and date nights and good, old-fashioned sleep. “We all want our kids to be happy,” says Aileen Wainwright, a licensed clinical social worker based in Keller and mom to four children ages 11–14. “But you’ve got to ask yourself, are you so busy that you feel like you’re living out of your car? If you’re exhausted, your child is more than likely exhausted, too.” She encourages parents to routinely ask themselves, “Who is actually invested in this?” and “Does it make my child happy?” NAVIGATE THE WORLD

Nancy Graham, 48, of Dallas says that some people were “shocked” when she mentioned she wasn’t going to actively push her son Babe, 9, into one of Dallas Independent School District’s magnet programs. He’s a good student and turns his homework in on time, but he isn’t that interested in school. Rather, he has a wide variety of interests outside of class, like Minecraft and tae kwon do. Most of all, he loves spending time with his friends. When Babe was in first grade, Graham recalls being a little bit nervous about his reading

assessment when she sat down for a parent-teacher conference. But Babe’s teacher immediately put her at ease. Babe was hanging in there and completing his assignments. And as the teacher explained, “You’ve got the ones who shoot up and the ones who creep up, but by the time they get to third grade, it all evens out.” So Graham helps Babe with his homework. She throws a football with him on the weekends. “If we start something, we finish it,” she says. “The game, the season, we’ll follow through with it.” But she doesn’t pressure her son to win lots of awards and trophies. Yes, she cheers for him when he catches a football, but she is careful not to attach too much value to a single achievement. “Look, there’s something to be said about striving to make sure my child is happy, rather than be the fastest or the smartest kid out there,” says Graham. “I want him to learn how to navigate the world and get through social events in time—in his time. And there’s not just one way to get there.” This is a sentiment strongly echoed by Wainwright. Kids who don’t excel in school have so much to offer the world as they come into adulthood. “Average kiddos can be great leaders, and they have much better social skills. They’re good listeners and they tend to have a very high emotional intelligence.” Since psychologist Daniel Goleman published Emotional Intelligence in the mid-’90s, study after study has confirmed that emotional intelligence is a better predictor of success than IQ or

WHEN YOUR CHILD MIGHT NEED A BREAK

If your child is stressed or overwhelmed by an activity for which she used to have a passion, she might be reluctant to say anything. But because “kids might not be able to verbalize that they’re stressed, it’s up to the parents to begin that conversation and say, ‘Let’s take a break,’” says Aileen Wainwright, a licensed clinical social worker.

Signs your child might need a break include:

• A drop in grades • Withdrawing from family activities and retreating to his or her room • Changes in eating and sleeping

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• Physical symptoms like constant fatigue, gastrointestinal issues and aches and pains • Change in mood, including irritability and grumpiness • A strong avoidance or a stress reaction before an event • Expressing concern that he or she is “letting you down” But before it even gets this far? The best way to know if your child needs a break? “Talk to him or her,” says Stephanie Adams, a licensed professional counselor. “Tell your child, ‘I’m OK with whatever you decide. I want to support you.’” And before your child begins any activity or program, let him or her know where the hand break is.


test scores—meaning kids who are good at, say, finding friends on the playground could end up with leadership roles and higher salaries than their book-smart but socially unsavvy peers. The professional and political worlds are rife with leaders who were not top of their class but rocketed to success once free to pursue their interests. Some worked hard, but were gifted in areas like creativity and entrepreneurship rather than academia. Others found school boring and not worth their effort, but discovered other passions they could pour their energy into. Think Richard Branson, who dropped out of high school, where he performed poorly, to follow his entrepreneurial bent and now has a net worth of over $5 billion. Or former Vice President Joe Biden, whose college grades were “never exceptional” according to The New York Times, but who made it into law school by sheer force of personality and later found his passion in politics. And there’s former President George W. Bush, who famously told graduating Yale students: “To the C students, I say, you too can be president.” He would know. So not nabbing that valedictorian spot doesn’t mean your child is destined for a life of mediocrity—and in the nearer future, it doesn’t mean your child won’t earn a place at his or her dream college. In fact, nonacademic traits like “concern for others and the common good” are highly desirable in prospective students for many college admissions offices. Concern for others can be a very difficult quality to assess, but in a 2016 report by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the authors suggest it can be demonstrated in the less splashy, sometimes overlooked day-to-day activities like “contributions to one’s family and the community”—activities that some kids may naturally be drawn to instead of schoolwork. REDEFINING SUCCESS

When parents push too hard for their children to excel, there

can be unintended physical and emotional consequences. Children are particularly susceptible to sports injuries. And with athletics or academics (and especially with both in the equation), there’s also an emotional risk of burning out, which can carry into adolescence and young adulthood and contribute to depression and anxiety. In her Fort Worth counseling practice, Stephanie Adams, a licensed professional counselor, sees a lot of teenagers and college students with anxiety disorders. Many of her clients “don’t know how to slow down or take care of themselves,” and because many of them are so used to having structured activity, “they get overwhelmed when their parents aren’t there to manage their schedules or plan their activities or even take care of the day-to-day things like laundry and picking up after themselves.” Given the risks, why are we putting so much pressure on our kids to excel—to “be the best, next better thing,” as Adams describes it? Why are we trying to box our kids in with such a narrow definition of success? Instead, says Adams, parents should nurture and value “the assets that these kids already have—for example, that they are good to people, they are kind to people, they are good at finding solutions to difficult challenges.” (See sidebar for phrases to help you encourage your child.) Some kids who don’t excel in the classroom will climb the ladder to the C-suite and the White House. Others will grow up to be good friends, good parents, good employees—all-around good people who successfully pursue their passions and make an impact in their communities. “An angel on earth,” is how Jana Bailey, 59, of Richardson, describes her son Brandon, 25.“What he’s accomplished in such a short amount of time; he’s truly an amazing individual.” Brandon never went through a gifted and talented program or took a bunch of honors classes. When it came to academics, “school was

just not very high on my priority board,” says Brandon. “I thought as long I passed, I’m good.” And yet, when Brandon was a teenager, the Bailey house was always full of kids. “It was definitely the place to be!” laughs Bailey. “Brandon treats everyone as a friend, no matter what his or her background.” His ability to connect with different people, across so many different backgrounds, “to understand the lives people live,” has helped pave his way to adult success. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and has a great career in account management ahead of him. He is a loving husband and devoted father of twin daughters. He and his wife are even foster parents, which are sorely needed here in Texas. Last year, he ran his first half-marathon. So even though his parents didn’t push him to front-load his CV, Brandon found his own road to success. Now he’s passing those ideals on to his girls. He wants them “to find their niche” and hopes to inspire in them qualities like “kindness” and “thoughtfulness.” And he’s thinking about taking on a full marathon next. FINISHING THE RACE

At the Healthy Kids Running Series in Frisco, the runners line up on the orange starting line in a grassy field. Some of them nervously wait for the sound of the air horn. Some of the younger kids are picking dandelions. Some of the older kids are doing stretches with their friends. But every one of these kids is going to finish—just like the little girl in the Richardson series who ran almost an entire mile in slide sandals before kicking them off and finishing her last lap in socks. By the end of the program, most parents will find themselves cheering for the other kids in their child’s event by name. “These kids run their hearts out,” says Sandlin. “They run to the very best of their abilities. And that is the goal of this series.”

The runners will push themselves forward, one step at a time, and as they near the finish, they will dig deep into their inner reserves and find that extra kick they’ve been saving. They will finish the race. And that resilience and self-motivation are well worth celebrating.

ELEVATING YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT

Instead of falling back on familiar phrases (maybe the ones you heard from your own parents!), it might be time to freshen up your encouragement game to make sure you give your kid the support he or she needs. Scratch these three phrases from your parenting repertoire: 1. “GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME!” Instead, say, “You’ve got this!” or “Shake it off!” or the always classic, “Way to hustle!” 2. “MAYBE NEXT TIME YOU WON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.” Purging this sentence doesn’t mean you should let your kid off the hook for procrastinating or being disorganized. But take a nonconfrontational tack and lead with a question: “What would you do differently next time?” and depending on the age of your child, “Is there something I can help you with?” This way, you’re also teaching your child how to evaluate his or her own performance. 3. “YOU’RE SO SMART!” This is a hard one because it’s meant as a compliment; however, this kind of compliment can also become a label. And labels, fair or unfair, can be binding. “Once you put that label on them,” says Dallas mom Nancy Graham, “it limits them.” So instead of praising your child for being “smart” (or “clever” or “bossy”), praise him or her for those qualities and skills that made the achievement possible. Try, “Your hard work has really paid off!” and “I’m so proud of you for not giving up!” and “That was very thoughtful!”

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THE PRIVATE SCHOOL LIST

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Our comprehensive guide to Dallas-area private schools

COMPILED BY JESSICA MYERS AND SARA STRUGGER

Finding a school that is the right fit for your children, your lifestyle and your wallet can be a daunting task. Luckily, the Dallas area has such a vast number of options when it comes to private schools that the toughest part of the search isn’t finding a suitable campus, but rather narrowing a long list of contenders down to one. There are schools that fit nearly every learning style, budget and desired class size. So how do you decide? We did our homework in an effort to make the task a little easier for you by compiling the answers (from the schools themselves) to basic FAQs like tuition, teacher-student ratios and religious affiliation on more than 129 schools in the area. So you can use this information to compare schools based on what’s important to you—and your children. This list is by no means exhaustive. (There are schools that didn’t respond to repeated calls and emails.) And information is subject to change, but we’re hoping you can use this as a starting point, whether you’re starting to think about preschool, elementary school or high school or simply looking for a change (lots of schools begin the admission process in the fall for the following school year). Regardless, after narrowing the field, schedule a tour at a handful of campuses to get a feel for each of the programs and find the best education for your kids.

ADDISON

Greenhill School 4141 Spring Valley Road, Addison, 75001 greenhill.org Year established: 1950 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $24,800–$30,750 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 1,300 Uniform: No Average class size: 16

Student-teacher ratio: 16 to 1 Standardized test(s): AABL, CATS, ISEE Accreditation: ISAS

Trinity Christian Academy 17001 Addison Road, Addison, 75001 trinitychristian.org Year established: 1970 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $4,200–$21,020 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 1,444

Uniform: Yes Average class size: Varies Student-teacher ratio: 11 to 1 Standardized test(s): CATS, ERB, ISEE Accreditation: AdvancED, ECFA, TANS

ALLEN

Guthrie School, The 598 Old Custer Road, Allen, 76227 guthrieschool.com Year established: 2014 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $8,000–$13,400 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 95 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 13 Student-teacher ratio: 13 to 1 Standardized test(s): Various Accreditation: None

Pebblecreek Montessori † 600 Old Custer Road, Allen, 75013 pebblecreekmontessori.org Year established: 2002 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $8,450–$13,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 100 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15–24 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: IMC

CARROLLTON

Carrollton Christian Academy 1529 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, 75010 ccasaints.org

Year established: 1980 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K­–12 Annual tuition: $6,000–$13,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 100 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): TerraNova Accreditation: ACSI

Newfound Academy ⌘ 2155 Marsh Lane, Suite 124, Carrollton, 75006 newfoundschool.com Year established: 2001 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $18,500 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 20 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 5 Student-teacher ratio: 5 to 1 Standardized test(s): BRIGANCE Accreditation: None

Prince of Peace Christian School 4004 Midway Road, Carrollton, 75007 popcs.org Year established: 1980 Religious affiliation: Lutheran Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $6,000–$17,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 875 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 18 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): AABL, Iowa, ISEE Accreditation: AdvancED, NLSA

KEY: AAA = Adventist Accrediting Association; AABL = Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners; ACCS = Association of Classical and Christian Schools; ACSI = Association of Christian Schools International; ACT = American College Test; ACTABS = Accreditation Commission of the Texas Association of Baptist Schools; ACTS = Association of Christian Teachers and Schools; AdvancED = Organization of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2012; AMI = Association Montessori International; AMS = American Montessori Society; ASA = Anglican School Association; Aspire = ACT Aspire Assessments; BRIGANCE = BRIGANCE Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills; CAT/5 = California Achievement Test, Fifth Edition; CATS = Collaborative Academic Testing Service; CCLE = Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education; CogAT = Cognitive Abilities Test; CPAA = Children’s Progress Academic Assessment; CPT = Cognitive Performance Test; CTP, CTP4 = Comprehensive Testing Program; easyCBM = Easy Curriculum Based Measures; ECFA = The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability; ERB = Educational Records Bureau; Explore = ACT Explore Assessment; Gates-MacGinitie = Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests; GORT-5 = Gray Oral Reading Tests, Fifth Edition; IB = International Baccalaureate; IMC = International Montessori Council; Iowa = Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; ISAS = Independent Schools Association of the Southwest; ISEE = Independent School Entrance Exam; MAP = Measures of Academic Progress; NAES = National

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St. Anthony School, The ⌘ 2030 N. Denton Drive, Carrollton, 75006 thestanthonyschool.com Year established: 1998 Religious affiliation: None Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $20,800–$22,300 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 82 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 5 to 1 Standardized test(s): WoodcockJohnson Accreditation: TAAPS

CEDAR HILL

Ashleys Private School 310 W. Beltline Road, Cedar Hill, 75104 ashleysprivateschool.com Year established: 1979 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–5 Annual tuition: $6,400–$6,550 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 150 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12–14 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): OLSAT, Stanford Accreditation: None

Trinity Christian School 1231 E. Pleasant Run Road, Cedar Hill, 75104 trinitychristianschool.com Year established: 1981 Religious affiliation: Assemblies of God Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $5,700–$8,250 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: N/A Uniform: Yes Average class size: 25 Student-teacher ratio: 22 to 1 Standardized test(s): PSAT, TerraNova Accreditation: ACTS

DALLAS

Akiba Academy 12324 Merit Drive, Dallas, 75251 akibaacademy.org Year established: 1962 Religious affiliation: Jewish Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $11,000–$23,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No

Total enrollment: 355 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 11 Student-teacher ratio: 13 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, NAEYC

Alcuin School 6144 Churchill Way, Dallas, 75230 alcuinschool.org Year established: 1964 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $15,219–$24,700 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 561 Uniform: No Average class size: 24 Student-teacher ratio: 8–13 to 1 Standardized test(s): ERB, ISEE Accreditation: AMI, IB, ISAS, TAAPS, TANS, TEPSAC

All Saints Catholic School 7777 Osage Plaza Parkway, Dallas, 75252 allsaintsprek8.org

Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 50 Uniform: No Average class size: 6 Student-teacher ratio: N/A Standardized test(s): Upon Request Accreditation: AdvancED

Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 119 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Standardized test(s): ERB, ISEE, PSAT Accreditation: AdvancED

Bishop Dunne Catholic School 3900 Rugged Drive, Dallas, 75224 bdcs.org

Campbell Christian Academy 6623 Villa Road, Dallas, 75252 campbellchristianacademy.com

Year established: 1963 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: 6–12 Annual tuition: $10,945–$14,500 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 615 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 18 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): ISEE Accreditation: AdvancED

Year established: 1984 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $6,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: v Uniform: Yes Average class size: 6 Student-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Standardized test(s): None Accreditation: None

Bishop Lynch High School 9750 Ferguson Road, Dallas, 75228 bishoplynch.org

Choices Leadership Academy 18106 Marsh Lane, Dallas, 75287 choicesleadership.org

Year established: 1998 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,310 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 281 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 17 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: TCCED

Year established: 1963 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: 9–12 Annual tuition: $16,100 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 1,055 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 18–24 Student-teacher ratio: 18 to 1 Standardized test(s): ISEE Accreditation: ACCS, TCCED

Ann & Nate Levine Academy § 18011 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, 75252 levineacademy.org

Calvary Lutheran School 9807 Church Road, Dallas, 75238 calvarydallas.org

Year established: 1979 Religious affiliation: Jewish Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $10,000–$22,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 432 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14 Student-teacher ratio: 14 to 1 Standardized test(s): ERB Accreditation: AdvancED, TANS

Year established: 1972 Religious affiliation: Lutheran Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,500–$6,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 94 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 16 to 1 Standardized test(s): Aspire Accreditation: TAAPS, TEPSAC

Bending Oaks High School 11884 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 75243 bendingoaks.com

Cambridge School of Dallas, The 3877 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 75229 cambridgedallas.org

Year established: 1985 Religious affiliation: None Grades: 8–12 Annual tuition: $22,000

Year established: 2001 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: 5–12 Annual tuition: $15,700–$20,000

Year established: 2004 Religious affiliation: None Grades: K–5 Annual tuition: $5,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 50 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 8–10 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa, ISEE, Stanford Accreditation: AdvancED, TANS

Christ the King Catholic School 4100 Colgate, Dallas, 75225 cks.org Year established: 1947 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $8,765 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 474 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 25 Student-teacher ratio: 25 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, easyCBM, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

Coram Deo Academy, Dallas Campus 7777 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, 75251 coramdeoacademy.org Year established: 1999

Association of Episcopal Schools; NAEYC = National Association for the Education of Young Children; NAIS = National Association of Independent Schools; NAUMS = National Association of University-Model Schools; NCAA = National Commission for Certifying Agencies; NCEA = National Catholic Educational Association; NCPSA = National Council for Private School Accreditation; NCSA = National Christian School Association; NLSA = National Lutheran School Accreditation; NWEA = Northwest Evaluation Association; OLSAT = Otis-Lennon School Ability Test; Plan = ACT Plan Assessment; PSAT = Preliminary SAT; SAES = Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools; SACS = The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; SACS CASI = The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement; SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test; Stanford = Stanford Achievement Test; TAAPS = Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools; TANS = Texas Association of Non-Public Schools; TCEA = Texas Catholic Education Association; TCCED = Texas Catholic Conference Education Department; TEPSAC = Texas Private School Accreditation Commission; TerraNova = TerraNova Tests & Assessments; TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language; TOMA-3 = Test of Mathematical Abilities; TWS-5 = Test of Written Spelling, Fifth Edition; Woodcock-Johnson = Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities; v = Information not provided; ⌘ = School for children with learning differences or special needs; † = Information from 2015–2016; § = Information from 2016–2017 school year // Schools that are not listed could not be reached by email or phone. Information is based on the 2017–2018 school year and subject to change. Tuition rates could reflect 2015–2016 or 2016–2017 numbers.

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Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $4,100–$5,600 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 116 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): Aspire, CPAA Accreditation: AdvancED

Covenant School, The 7300 Valley View Lane, Dallas, 75240 covenantdallas.com Year established: 1993 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $7,650–$19,425 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 593 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CATS, ERB, ISEE Accreditation: AdvancED

Dallas Academy ⌘ 950 Tiffany Way, Dallas, 75218 dallas-academy.com Year established: 1965 Religious affiliation: None Grades: 1–12 Annual tuition: $1,300–$21,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 200 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 8–10 Student-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa, Woodcock-Johnson Accreditation: AdvancED

Dallas Christian Academy 4025 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 75204 dallaschristianacademy.org Year established: 1956 Religious affiliation: Adventist Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $4,150–$5,600 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 107 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AAA

Dallas International School 6039 Churchill Way, Dallas, 75230 dallasinternationalschool.org Year established: 1991 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $14,900–$21,400 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 726 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16 26

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Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): ERB, MAP Accreditation: IB, ISAS, TAAPS

Dallas Lutheran School 8494 Stults Road, Dallas, 75243 dallaslutheranschool.com Year established: 1974 Religious affiliation: Lutheran Grades: 7–12 Annual tuition: $12,500–$14,500 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 175 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 5 to 1 Standardized test(s): ERB Accreditation: NLSA, TEPSAC

Episcopal School of Dallas, The 4100 Merrell Road, Dallas, 75229 esdallas.org Year established: 1974 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $16,300–$28,620 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 1,145 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16 Student-teacher ratio: 7 to 1 Standardized test(s): ERB, ISEE Accreditation: ISAS, NAES, NAIS

Fairhill School ⌘ 16150 Preston Road, Dallas, 75248 fairhill.org Year established: 1971 Religious affiliation: None Grades: 1–12 Annual tuition: $18,600–$19,200 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 180 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): Gates-MacGinitie, Stanford Accreditation: AdvancED, TANS

Fellowship Christian Academy 1821 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, 75232 fcasoars.org Year established: 1984 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,700 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 500 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): TerraNova Accreditation: ACSI, AdvancED, TAAPS, TANS, TEPSAC

First Baptist Academy 7894 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, 75228 fbacademy.com Year established: 1972

Religious affiliation: Baptist Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $9,650–$14,650 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 240 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): Aspire, CPAA, ERB, PSAT, Stanford Accreditation: ACTABS, AdvancED

Fusion Academy Dallas § 8128 Park Lane, Dallas, 75231 fusiondallastx.com Year established: 2014 Religious affiliation: None Grades: 6–12 Annual tuition: $3,125–$25,200 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 75 Uniform: No Average class size: 1 Student-teacher ratio: 1 to 1 Standardized test(s): None Accreditation: AdvancED, NCPSA, SACS

Good Shepherd Episcopal School 11110 Midway Road, Dallas, 75229 gsesdallas.org Year established: 1959 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $16,000–$20,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 585 Uniform: Yes Average class size: Varies Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): AABL, CATS, ISEE Accreditation: ISAS, SAES

Grace Academy of Dallas 11306A Inwood Road, Dallas, 75234 graceacademy.com Year established: 1974 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $2,000–$11,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 223 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12 Student-teacher ratio: 16 to 1 Standardized test(s): TerraNova Accreditation: ACSI, TEPSAC

Heritage School of Texas ⌘ † 9401 Douglas Avenue, Dallas, 75225 heritagestx.org Year established: 2011 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: K–8 Annual tuition: $20,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 40 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 8 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1

Standardized test(s): Gates-MacGinitie, Iowa Accreditation: v

Highlander School 9120 Plano Road, Dallas, 75238 highlanderschool.com Year established: 1966 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $3,000–$9,700 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 85 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: None

Hillier School ⌘ 3821 University Blvd., Dallas, 75205 hillierschool.org Year established: 1968 Religious affiliation: Presbyterian Grades: 1–8 Annual tuition: $13,965 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 55 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 6 Student-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Standardized test(s): Gort-5, TOMA-3, TWS-5 Accreditation: TAAPS

Hockaday School, The 11600 Welch Road, Dallas, 75244 hockaday.org Year established: 1913 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $25,000–$35,500 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 1,093 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): CATS, ERB, ISEE Accreditation: ISAS

Holy Trinity Catholic School 3815 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, 75219 htcsdallas.org Year established: 1914 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $6,910 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 127 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, easyCBM, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas § 12345 Inwood Road, Dallas, 75244 www.jesuitcp.org Year established: 1942


Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: 9–12 Annual tuition: $17,100 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 1,107 Uniform: No Average class size: 17 Student-teacher ratio: 9 to 1 Standardized test(s): ISEE Accreditation: SACS

Kessler School, The § 1215 Turner Avenue, Dallas, 75208 thekesslerschool.com Year established: 1999 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $6,550–$12,230 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 130 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10–14 Student-teacher ratio: 14 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa, TerraNova Accreditation: AdvancED

Lakehill Preparatory School 2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas, 75214 lakehillprep.org Year established: 1971 Religious affiliation: None Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $16,300–$21,600 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 400 Uniform: No Average class size: 14 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): CATS, ISEE, OLSAT, Stanford Accreditation: ISAS, NAIS

Lamplighter School, The 11611 Inwood Road, Dallas, 75229 thelamplighterschool.org Year established: 1953 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–4 Annual tuition: $13,818–$24,825 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 450 Uniform: No Average class size: 16 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): AABL, CATS, ERB Accreditation: ISAS

Mount St. Michael Catholic School 4500 W. Davis, Dallas, 75211 msmcatholic.org Year established: 1986 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $3,600–$7,600 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 130 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1

Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

New Hope Christian Academy 1501 H. Ave., Plano, 75074 explorenewhope.org Year established: 2017 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $10,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 35 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 7 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): CPT Accreditation: v

Notre Dame School of Dallas ⌘ 2018 Allen, Dallas, 75204 notredameschool.org Year established: 1963 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Ungraded Annual tuition: $8,700 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 153 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 5 to 1 Standardized test(s): None Accreditation: NCEA, TCCED

Oak Hill Academy ⌘ 9407 Midway Road, Dallas, 75220 oakhillacademy.org Year established: 1987 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $14,150–$25,750 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 168 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 7 Student-teacher ratio: 4 to 1 Standardized test(s): Stanford Accreditation: AdvancED

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School 7625 Cortland Ave., Dallas, 75235 olphdallas.com Year established: 1946 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $4,400 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 196 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 20 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

Our Redeemer Lutheran School of Dallas 7611 Park Lane, Dallas, 75225 ordallas.org Year established: 1960 Religious affiliation: Lutheran Grades: Pre-K–6

Annual tuition: $2,719–$9,917 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 115 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: NLSA, TEPSAC

Parish Episcopal School, Midway 4101 Sigma Road, Dallas, 75244 parishepiscopal.org Year established: 1972 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Grades: 3–12 Annual tuition: $10,800–$28,340 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 1,120 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14–17 Student-teacher ratio: 8–13 to 1 Standardized test(s): AABL, CATS, ISEE Accreditation: ISAS, NAES, NAIS, SAES, TAAPS

Parish Episcopal School, Hillcrest 14115 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, 75254 parishepiscopal.org Year established: 1972 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Grades: Pre–K–2 Annual tuition: $10,800–$28,340 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 1,120 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14–17 Student-teacher ratio: 8–13 to 1 Standardized test(s): AABL, CATS, ISEE Accreditation: ISAS, NAES, NAIS, SAES, TAAPS

Preston Hollow Presbyterian School ⌘ 9800 Preston Road, Dallas, 75230 phps.org Year established: 1962 Religious affiliation: Presbyterian Grades: K–6 Annual tuition: $19,300–$20,100 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 130 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 4 to 1 Standardized test(s): Gates-MacGinitie, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED

Providence Christian School of Texas 5002 West Lovers Lane, Dallas, 75209 pcstx.org Year established: 1989 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $3,600–$17,200 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 450 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14

Student-teacher ratio: 9 to 1 Standardized test(s): CATS, CTP, CTP4, ERB, ISEE Accreditation: TAAPS, TEPSAC

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School 1420 Old Gate Lane, Dallas, 75218 stbernardccs.org Year established: 1948 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,820 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 192 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 20 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, easyCBM, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

St. Cecilia Catholic School 635 Mary Cliff Drive, Dallas, 75208 stceciliacatholic.org Year established: 1935 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $4,922 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 172 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School 4019 S. Hampton Road, Dallas, 75208 saintspride.com Year established: 1958 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $6,995–$7,500 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 210 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16 Student-teacher ratio: 16 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: TCCED

St. John’s Episcopal School 848 Harter Road, Dallas, 75214 stjohnsschool.org Year established: 1953 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $11,680–$18,630 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 500 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16 Student-teacher ratio: 9 to 1 Standardized test(s): ISEE Accreditation: ISAS, NAIS, SAES, TANS

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Year established: 1906 Religious affiliation: Non-sectarian/ Episcopal Grades: 1–12 Annual tuition: $24,500–$31,300 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 876 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): AABL, CATS, ISEE Accreditation: ISAS, NAIS

St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School 1716 Singleton Blvd., Dallas, 75212 smcschool.org Year established: 1944 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $3,000–$5,100 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 170 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

St. Monica Catholic School 4140 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 75229 stmonicaschool.org Year established: 1954 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,335 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 803 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 22 Student-teacher ratio: 22 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

St. Patrick Catholic School 9635 Ferndale Road, Dallas, 75238 spsdallas.org Year established: 1964 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $6,730 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 484 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 20 Student-teacher ratio: 13 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

St. Philip & St. Augustine Catholic Academy 8151 Military Parkway, Dallas, 75227 spsacatholic.org Year established: 2014 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,096 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 321 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16 28

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Student-teacher ratio: 11 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, easyCBM, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

St. Philip’s School and Community Center 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, 75215 stphilips1600.org Year established: 1946 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $7,500–$8,900 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 230 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 13 to 1 Standardized test(s): CPAA, ERB Accreditation: ISAS

St. Pius X Catholic School 3030 Gus Thomasson Road, Dallas, 75228 spxdallasschool.org Year established: 1955 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,800 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 335 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 18 Student-teacher ratio: 18 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

St. Rita Catholic School 12525 Inwood Raod, Dallas, 75244 strita.net Year established: 1964 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,650–$11,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 665 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16–25 Student-teacher ratio: 8–25 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: NCEA

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School 3741 Abrams Road, Dallas, 75214 staschool.org Year established: 1947 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,470–$10,450 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 852 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 22 Student-teacher ratio: 11 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: NCEA, SACS, TCCED

Saint Timothy School, The § 4333 Cole Avenue, Dallas, 75202 thesainttimothyschool.org Year established: 2009

Religious affiliation: Anglican Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $6,000–$9,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 49 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 9 Student-teacher ratio: 5 to 1 Standardized test(s): Stanford Accreditation: ASA

Santa Clara Catholic School 321 Calumet, Dallas, 75211 santaclaraacademy.org Year established: 1994 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $4,350 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 253 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 18 Student-teacher ratio: 18 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, easyCBM, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

Scofield Christian School § 7730 Abrams Road, Dallas, 75231 scofieldchristian.org Year established: 1961 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $1,813–$9,960 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 156 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 8–10 Student-teacher ratio: 11 to 1 Standardized test(s): TerraNova Accreditation: ACSI, SACS CASI

Shelton School & Evaluation Center ⌘ 15720 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, 75248 shelton.org Year established: 1976 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $16,000–$28,900 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 930 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Standardized test(s): GORT-5, ISEE, Stanford, Woodcock-Johnson Accreditation: ISAS

Southwest Adventist Jr. Academy § 1600 Bonnie View Road, Dallas, 75203 swaja.org Year established: 1929 Religious affiliation: Adventist Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $3,000–$4,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 40 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 9

Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AAA, TEPSAC

Torah Day School of Dallas § 6921 Frankford Road, Dallas, 75252 tdsd.org Year established: 2003 Religious affiliation: Jewish Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,000–$16,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 370 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): CAT/5, TerraNova Accreditation: AdvancED

Tyler Street Christian Academy 915 W. Ninth St., Dallas, 75208 tsca.org Year established: 1972 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $8,350–$9,350 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 155 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 11 Student-teacher ratio: 11 to 1 Standardized test(s): Aspire, ISEE, Stanford, TOEFL Accreditation: ACSI, AdvancED, TANS, TEPSAC

Ursuline Academy of Dallas 4900 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 75229 ursulinedallas.org Year established: 1874 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: 9–12 Annual tuition: $20,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 850 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15–17 Student-teacher ratio: 9 to 1 Standardized test(s): ISEE Accreditation: ISAS

Vanguard Preparatory School ⌘ 4240 Sigma Road, Dallas, 75244 vanguardprepschool.com Year established: 1997 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $17,000–$20,425 Financial aid: No Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 105 Uniform: No Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 5 to 1 Standardized test(s): Stanford, Woodcock-Johnson Accreditation: AdvancED

Wesley Prep 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, 75220 wesleyprep.org Year established: 1968


West Dallas Community School 2300 Canada Drive, Dallas, 75212 wdcschool.org Year established: 1995 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $12,500 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 258 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10–15 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): ERB, ISEE Accreditation: None

Westwood School, The 14340 Proton Road, Dallas, 75244 westwoodschool.org Year established: 1986 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $12,000–$19,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 250 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, IB, IMC

White Rock Montessori 1601 Oates Drive, Dallas, 75228 whiterockmontessori.org Year established: 1975 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $6,859–$15,277 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 175 Uniform: No Average class size: 22 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AMS

White Rock North School 9727 White Rock Trail, Dallas, 75238 whiterocknorthschool.com Year established: 1964 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $11,000–$14,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 350 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): Stanford Accreditation: AdvancED, TANS

Winston School, The ⌘ 5707 Royal Lane, Dallas, 75229 www.winston-school.org Year established: 1975 Religious affiliation: None Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $19,400–$27,075 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 147 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): WoodcockJohnson Accreditation: ISAS, NAIS

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Yavneh Academy of Dallas 12324 Merit Drive, Dallas, 75251 yavnehdallas.org Year established: 1993 Religious affiliation: Jewish Grades: 9–12 Annual tuition: $26,315 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 107 Uniform: No Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 3 to 1 Standardized test(s): ISEE Accreditation: TAAPS, TEPSAC

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Zion Lutheran School 6121 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas, 75214 ziondallas.org Year established: 1948 Religious affiliation: Lutheran Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,200–$8,500 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 267 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 18 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: NLSA, TANS, TEPSAC

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Canterbury Episcopal School, The 1708 N. Westmoreland Road, DeSoto, 75115 thecanterburyschool.org Year established: 1992 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $7,750–$18,250 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 235 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): CPAA, CTP Accreditation: SAES

DeSoto Private School 301 E. Beltline Road, DeSoto, 75115 desotoprivate.org Year established: 1972 Religious affiliation: None

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Religious affiliation: Methodist Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $5,565–$13,400 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 450 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10–14 Student-teacher ratio: 14 to 1 Standardized test(s): CATS, ISEE Accreditation: SACS

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Grades: Pre-K–6 Annual tuition: $5,550 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 230 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CAT/5 Accreditation: AdvancED

DUNCANVILLE

Merrywood School § 807 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Duncanville, 75137 merrywoodschool.com

Year established: 1960 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–5 Annual tuition: $5,000–$7,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 200 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15–20 Student-teacher ratio: 20 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: None

FARMERS BRANCH

Mary Immaculate Catholic School 14032 Dennis Lane, Farmers Branch, 75234 mischool.org Year established: 1959 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $6,150 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 457 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 20 Student-teacher ratio: 7½–25 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa, CogAT Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

Merit Academy ⌘ 2825 Valley View Lane, Suite 100, Farmers Branch, 75234 meritacademytx.org Year established: 2009 Religious affiliation: None Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $20,000–$22,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 20 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 5–10 Student-teacher ratio: 5–10 to 1 Standardized test(s): WoodcockJohnson, ABLLS Accreditation: None

FRISCO

Legacy Christian Academy 5000 Academy Drive, Frisco, 75034 legacyca.com Year established: 1999 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 30

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Annual tuition: $10,025–$16,825 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 968 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16–20 Student-teacher ratio: 20 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: ACSI, AdvancED

St. Philip’s Episcopal School of Frisco 6400 Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco, 75034 spesf.org Year established: 2010 Religious affiliation: Episcopal Grades: Pre-K–5 Annual tuition: $11,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 39 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 8 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: None

GARLAND

Firewheel Christian Academy 5500 Lavon Drive, Garland, 75040 firewheelca.org Year established: 1981 Religious affiliation: Assembly of God Grades: Pre-K–9 Annual tuition: $5,800–$8,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 163 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): TerraNova Accreditation: ACSI

Garland Christian Academy § 1516 Lavon Drive, Garland, 75040 garlandchristian.com Year established: 1972 Religious affiliation: Baptist Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $4,350–$7,750 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 301 Uniform: Yes Average class size: Varies Student-teacher ratio: 20 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: ACCS, ACSI

Good Shepherd Catholic School 214 S. Garland Ave., Garland, 75040 gscschool.org Year established: 1954 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,570 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 248 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 22 Student-teacher ratio: 16 to 1

Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

GRAND PRAIRIE

Immaculate Conception Catholic School 400 NE 17th St., Grand Prairie, 75050 school.icgrandprairie.org Year established: 1952 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $5,760 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Percentage of students with financial aid/scholarships: 54% Total enrollment: 140 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 17 Student-teacher ratio: 17 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, easyCBM, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

HEATH

Fulton School, The 1626 Smirl Drive, Heath, 75032 thefultonschool.org Year established: 1988 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,900–$10,200 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 60 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 8–12 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa, PSAT Accreditation: TAAPS

LUCAS

Lucas Christian Academy 505 W. Lucas Road, Lucas, 75002 lucaschristianacademy.com Year established: 1999 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $2,000–$8,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 409 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): ACT, Explore, Iowa, Plan, PSAT, Retired ACT, SAT Accreditation: None

MCKINNEY

Cornerstone Christian Academy 808 S. College, McKinney, 75069 ccawarriors.com Year established: 2004 Religious affiliation: None Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $4,500–$7,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 361 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16–18

Student-teacher ratio: 16 to 1 Standardized test(s): TerraNova Accreditation: AdvancED, NAUMS

McKinney Christian Academy 3601 Bois D’Arc Road, McKinney, 75071 mckinneychristian.org Year established: 1992 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $6,600–$13,600 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 630 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 16–24 Student-teacher ratio: 4–8 to 1 Standardized test(s): Aspire, PSAT Accreditation: ACSI, AdvancED, TAAPS

North Texas Christian Academy § 2301 N. Central Expressway, McKinney, 75071 northtexaschristian.org Year established: 2002 Religious affiliation: Church of Christ Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $2,025–$9,995 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 84 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): MAP, NWEA, OLSAT Accreditation: AdvancED, NCSA

MESQUITE

Dallas Christian School 1515 Republic Parkway, Mesquite, 75150 dallaschristian.com Year established: 1957 Religious affiliation: Church of Christ Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $4,900–$16,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 590 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): MAP, NWEA Accreditation: AdvancED, NCSA, TEPSAC

PLANO

Bethany Christian School 3300 W. Parker Road, Plano, 75075 planochristianschool.com Year established: 1979 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $410–$550 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 102 Uniform: No Average class size: 10–15 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): TerraNova Accreditation: ACTS, AdvancED, NCPSA, TEPSAC


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Year established: 1999 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $4,100–$7,300 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 469 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 14 Student-teacher ratio: 13 to 1 Standardized test(s): ACT, Aspire, CPAA, ISEE, Plan, PSAT, SAT Accreditation: AdvancED

Faith Lutheran School 1701 E. Park Blvd., Plano, 75074 flsplano.org Year established: 1971 Religious affiliation: Lutheran Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $3,600–$9,640 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 115 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: CCLE, NLSA

Focus on the Future Training Center ⌘ † 1717 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, 75075 focussped.com Year established: 2006 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $17,200 Financial aid: No Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 36 Uniform: No Average class size: 10 Student-teacher ratio: 3.3 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED

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Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 55 Uniform: No Average class size: 1 Student-teacher ratio: 1 to 1 Standardized test(s): None Accreditation: AdvancED

Great Lakes Academy ⌘ 6000 Custer Road, Suite 7, Plano, 75023 greatlakesacademy.com Year established: 1996 Religious affiliation: None Grades: 3–12 Annual tuition: $17,100–$19,200 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 120 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 8 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): BRIGANCE, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TEPSAC

John Paul II High School 900 Coit Road, Plano, 75075 johnpauliihs.org Year established: 2005 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: 9–12 Annual tuition: $17,550 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 680 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 18 Student-teacher ratio: N/A Standardized test(s): ISEE Accreditation: TCCED

Prestonwood Christian Academy 6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, 75093

prestonwoodchristian.org Year established: 1997 Religious affiliation: Baptist Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $6,175–$20,650 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 1,420 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12–14 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: ACSI, AdvancED

Prince of Peace Catholic School 5100 Plano Parkway W., Plano, 75093 popschool.net Year established: 1991 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,600 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 815 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 26 Student-teacher ratio: 9–26 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

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stmcs.net Year established: 1982 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,580 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 552 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 19 Student-teacher ratio: 16 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

St. Timothy Christian Academy ⌘ 6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, 75093 staplano.org Year established: 2006 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $20,300–$20,800 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 30 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 6–8 Student-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Standardized test(s): MAP, NWEA Accreditation: None

Willow Bend Academy 2220 Coit Road, Suite 500, Plano, 75075 willowbendacademy.com Year established: 1998 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: 4–12 Annual tuition: $12,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 70 Uniform: No Average class size: 8 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): WoodcockJohnson Accreditation: AdvancED, TEPSAC

Yorktown Education 5170 Village Creek Drive, Plano, 75093 yorktowned.com Year established: 2007 Religious affiliation: None Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $15,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 100 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 12 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): ISEE Accreditation: NCAA, TEPSAC

PROSPER

Prestonwood Christian Academy North 1001 W. Prosper Trail, Prosper, 75078 prestonwoodchristian.org/north Year established: 2014 Religious affiliation: Baptist Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $6,175–$18,300

Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 142 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10–12 Student-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: ACSI, AdvancED

St. Martin de Porres Catholic School 4000 W. University Drive, Prosper, 75078 smdpcatholic.org Year established: 2012 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–7 Annual tuition: $6,900-$7,950 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 155 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 24 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: TCEA

RICHARDSON

Bridge Builder Academy ⌘ 1221 W. Campbell Road, Suite 209, Richardson, 75080 bridgebuilderacademy.com Year established: 2006 Religious affiliation: None Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $15,000–$30,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 30 Uniform: No Average class size: 1 Student-teacher ratio: 1 to 1 Standardized test(s): BRIGANCE, MAP Accreditation: AdvancED

North Dallas Adventist Academy 2800 Custer Parkway, Richardson, 75080 ndaacademy.org Year established: 1984 Religious affiliation: Adventist Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $7,700–$9,500 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 305 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15–20 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AAA, NCPSA, TEPSAC, TPSA

St. Joseph Catholic School 600 S. Jupiter Road, Richardson, 75081 stjosephccschool.net Year established: 2002 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: K–8 Annual tuition: $6,950–$7,950 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 277 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 17

Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

Saint Paul the Apostle School 720 South Floyd Road, Richardson, 75080 spsdfw.org Year established: 1957 Religious affiliation: Catholic Grades: Pre-K–8 Annual tuition: $7,000–$9,000 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 280 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): CogAT, Iowa Accreditation: AdvancED, TCCED

ROCKWALL

Heritage Christian Academy 4108 S. Goliad St., Rockwall, 75087 hcarockwall.org Year established: 1995 Religious affiliation: Christian Grades: Pre-K–12 Annual tuition: $7,715–$11,075 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: Yes Total enrollment: 358 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 10–20 Student-teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: ACSI, ACTABS, AdvancED

THE COLONY

Lakeside Montessori School § 4995 Westport Drive, The Colony, 75056 lakesidemontessoriacademy.com Year established: 2002 Religious affiliation: None Grades: Pre-K–3 Annual tuition: $8,000 Financial aid: No Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 100 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Standardized test(s): Iowa Accreditation: AMS

WYLIE

Wylie Preparatory Academy 4110 Skyview Court, Wylie, 75098 wylieprep.com Year established: 2001 Religious affiliation: Nondenominational Grades: K–12 Annual tuition: $5,000–$7,800 Financial aid: Yes Scholarships: No Total enrollment: 316 Uniform: Yes Average class size: 15 Student-teacher ratio: 14–16 to 1 Standardized test(s): Stanford Accreditation: ACSI, AdvancED, NAUMS


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HEAD OF SCHOOL The importance of school leaders to the success of our children’s education is often underestimated. Their philosophies, aspirations and initiatives are key to thriving educational models. Meet some of these visionaries and gain some insight into the workings of flourishing schools.

It is hard to capture the heart of Alcuin School just from reading our mission statement and newsletters and visiting our website. It is when one spends time on the campus that one feels the aura of infinite possibilities, as we educate the whole child to face the challenges of a world of disruptive ideas and global values. This is a diverse, coeducational, vibrant and nurturing community that enjoys an intellectually invigorating atmosphere. Our students develop a strong belief in themselves and confidence in the future. If you value imagination, integrity, independence, inquiry and community, Alcuin School would be a good home for you. This unique program offers the perfect education for the global society of the 21st century. The Montessori philosophy teaches students to be decision makers, to think creatively and to work collaboratively while empowering them with the knowledge and skills of an exceptional education. We complement this with the International Baccalaureate program from middle school through 10th grade and then on to the IB Diploma Programme for 11th and 12th grades. An Alcuin education fosters critical thinking and a lifelong passion for learning. With faculty support, students are eager to embrace change, question the status quo and prepare for their future as “Innovative Thinkers and Passionate Learners.” Come join us as we continue to advance education at Alcuin School.

Walter Sorensen Head of School

6144 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230 972-239-1745 alcuinschool.org

John Hill, Ed.D. Headmaster

I joined Dallas Academy this fall, and I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible community. Dallas Academy’s mission is to restore the promise of full academic enrichment to every student regardless of his or her diagnosis. Dallas Academy provides a safe learning environment that academically challenges students in grades 1–12 through a multisensory approach to curriculum while also addressing their social needs. Our faculty is truly empathetic to each student while providing the necessary academic support for all students to find success both in and out of the classroom. Dallas Academy boasts

18 extracurricular clubs, a competitive athletics program and fantastic arts opportunities. Contact me to learn more about Dallas Academy. Join us on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from 1–3pm for our annual Open House!

950 Tiffany Way, Dallas, TX 75218 214-324-1481 • fax 214-327-8537 mail@dallas-academy.com • dallas-academy.com

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As the founder of Camden Hill Montessori, Dr. Crone is thrilled to partner with families in our community to provide a quality education program founded on the philosophy of Maria Montessori. She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas and is a board-certified behavior analyst—doctorate. As a mother to three children and experienced certified teacher, she has an unwavering appreciation for quality education and character-development programs, of which Camden Hill embodies. Why Montessori? I believe quality early education is essential and that the community cultivated by the Montessori philosophy facilitates a love for learning.

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Like most, I first came across Montessori as a parent in search of a program for my own children. I visited many day cares and preschools and ultimately chose Montessori. Upon walking in and being warmly Dr. Regina Crone Founder greeted, I immediately realized that this environment was observably different. To my amazement, young kids were engaged in learning and not just being entertained. As I observed the classroom, each child was actively exploring and tinkering. Their little expressions of curiosity and wonder had me immediately convinced that this was where I wanted my children to be. Now, in reflection, I know I made the right choice and attribute much of my children’s inquisitiveness, creativity and ability to problem-solve independently to their Montessori teachers. It is such an honor to lead talented, caring and inspiring teachers at our school, especially, our center director, Kim Wilson.

Kim Wilson, our center director, has spent over 30 years shaping young minds through early education, and she shares Dr. Crone’s passion for cultivating children’s curiosity and expanding their exploration of imagination and learning. Kim was born and raised locally here in Texas where she received her degrees in early child development and business management. She has been married for over 24 years with three beautiful children. As the director of Camden Hill Montessori, I have the privilege to use the Montessori philosophy to create an intellectually stimulating, fun and safe environment in which children can learn and grow. Camden Hill is a place where we embrace individual differences and personalize learning for each child by fostering development through hands-on experience.

Kim Wilson Center Director

Camden Hill Montessori 2020 E. Hebron Pkwy., Carrollton, TX 75007 972-295-9321 info@camdenhill.com camdenhill.com

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Headmaster Bertrand Ferret believes in offering students a strong academic curriculum that incorporates multilingual and multicultural experiences, leadership opportunities, and artistic and athletic programs. In order to integrate into a globally minded economy, students need access to these strong elements as early as possible. The cultural exposure afforded to learners at DIS is unparalleled. Whether studying French architecture on a class trip to Paris, speaking Spanish to a teammate on the soccer field or penning letters in Mandarin to students at one of the many sister schools around the globe, those who attend DIS will gain a rich understanding of countless cultures and societies. DIS offers both French Baccalaureate and Advanced Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma programs that establish a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. With the help of a dedicated college preparation and placement counselor, students are able to create a comprehensive “passport” to illustrate their accomplishments throughout their high school journey. Regardless of their mother tongue, enrolling at DIS during the preschool years and persevering until senior graduation positions students with a strong and unique profile for their transition into higher education. The DIS community supports the mission of contributing to a dynamic world with an internationally renowned curriculum, multiple language instruction and exposure to diverse cultural views. DIS students truly become citizens of the world.

Bertrand Ferret Headmaster

Lower School 6039 Churchill Way Dallas, TX 75230 972-991-6379

Upper School 17811 Waterview Parkway Dallas, TX 75252 469.250.0001

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Welcoming of all faiths and backgrounds, Parish Episcopal School is a place where students find their calling...develop their passions. Through Wisdom, Honor and Service, the mission of the school’s inclusive Episcopal community is to guide young people to become creative learners and bold leaders prepared to impact our complex global society. Parish nurtures a culture of integrity and cultivates these individuals by creating environments that develop and inspire. “At Parish, where we are well into our journey to Reimagine School, we are fortified by the belief that learning should not overburden, creating anxiety and stress,” said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family head of school at Parish. “Rather, learning should engage a student’s mind and stoke the desire and capacity to discover by offering guided opportunities for students to assume control of their learning journey.” Core principles guiding Parish’s efforts reflect awareness of individuality: • • • •

Dave Monaco

Allen Meyer Family Head of School

Honor student voice and choice in learning Meet students where they are, helping them reach new levels of mastery as they are ready Help students develop enduring habits of mind, transferable to a lifetime of learning and excelling Create learning conditions that engage students in authentic, meaningful work

Through a strong, innovative and balanced curriculum, Parish is committed to redefining the high-quality, college preparatory experience and engaging students in authentic, meaningful work. Come Reimagine with us. Midway Campus 4101 Sigma Rd., Dallas, TX 75244 Hillcrest Campus 14115 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, TX 75254 972-239-8011 • parishepiscopal.org

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Larry Taylor, Ph.D. Head of School

For more than 20 years, Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) has been investing in the lives of students, preparing them for the future. Through Kingdom education, we provide a depth of learning that’s advancing students academically and spiritually, equipping them for the world ahead, to live strong and empowered lives for Christ. PCA offers one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country, providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration to children in preschool through 12th grade. We place great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. In his 17 years as PCA’s head of school, Dr. Larry Taylor has shepherded our school’s Kingdom education program—the philosophy focused on bringing into partnership the home, church and school for the purpose of training the next generation. In addition to PCA’s spiritual development plan, we promote a rigorous liberal arts academic program. PCA students are consistently recognized for scholastic achievements such as National Merit Scholar and AP Scholar Awards, and we offer programs such as STEM Honors, Future Problem Solvers, Lions Scholar Program and AP courses. Students matriculate to universities such as Yale, Columbia, Penn, Rice, Baylor and Texas A&M. Since 2008, PCA graduating seniors have been awarded nearly $100 million in scholarships for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the arts. PCA is the largest Christian private school in the Metroplex with more than 1,600 students at three campuses: Plano, Prosper and PCAplus Virtual Academy. It would be our honor to host you at a preview or tour! Plano Campus: 6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093 • 972-930-4010 North Campus: 1001 W. Prosper Trail, Prosper, TX 75078 • 972-798-6780 PCAplus Virtual Academy: pcaplus.org • 972-930-4044 prestonwoodchristian.org

This fall our Prince of Peace Christian School community prayed, along with many others, for a miracle of healing for our student Layla Stamp, who recently passed away from a brain tumor. I am reminded of a quote by Abraham Lincoln: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” In Layla’s brief five years, she brought immeasurable joy and inspiration. She was energetic, confident and loving. Layla had a 100-watt smile she shared with everyone. Everyone’s day was brightened by seeing her in the hallway. While our prayers for a miracle were not answered on earth, we believe we will be with her again in heaven. I have been blessed to serve as the head of school for Prince of Peace Christian for 15 years. I have watched my children and hundreds of others grow up. I have joined parents in celebrating: taking first steps, beginning to read, riding bicycles and enjoying little league, sleepovers, school socials, stage productions, prom and graduation. We “live life together” at Prince of Peace, laughing and celebrating the milestones. But this “living life together” also includes crying and praying through the challenges we face as our children grow, experiencing bumped knees, broken bones, social changes and not making the team. We also come together to embrace our families experiencing job loss, divorce and even death. At Prince of Peace Christian, we are a family—a family blessed to have known Layla and a community that will continue to “live life together” with the Stamp family. We are #LaylaStrong!

Chris Hahn Headmaster

Prince of Peace Christian School & Early Learning Center 4004 Midway Rd., Carrollton, TX 75007 972-447-0532 • popcs.org

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In Loving Memory of Layla Stamp


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Fellowship Christian Academy (FCA) is dually accredited through ACSI and AdvancED, and is a ministry of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church. Our nurturing Christian environment makes it possible for our scholars to Discover their Purpose, Advance God’s Kingdom, and Soar to Greatness! We provide a superior private education at an affordable price, making us invaluable to the southern Dallas community. As a college preparatory school, our mission is to ensure that our scholars reach their highest academic potential. With small class sizes, students ages 18 months to eighth grade are exposed to 21st century learning that encompasses critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. Scholars understand how to apply a biblical world view to every area of life.

Karen Y. Gosby Head of School

Linda Altick Executive Director

Dr. Natalie Davenport,

Kathy Makris,

Founder

Principal

1821 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75232 214-672-9200 • fca@ocbfchurch.org • fcasoars.com

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Our mission is to “Develop Joyful Leaders Empowered by Academics and Integrity,” and this mantra directs everything we do for the students at Wesley Prep. For nearly 50 years, our focus has been on the whole child, from strong academics to strong character. Our students benefit from teachers who go beyond the curriculum every day, using a variety of educational strategies that stimulate intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth. We believe that our low student-to-teacher ratio and small class sizes provide the opportunity for our teachers to engage every student firsthand. The result is children who are joyful and confident learners and leaders, at all age levels, from Mother’s Day Out to sixth grade. I invite you to come for a tour and see if the Wesley Prep experience is right for your child.

A daily Bible course with core content integration and weekly chapel solidify their knowledge of God’s Word and his plan for humanity. Experiences include ACSI competitions, foreign languages, Microsoft certifications, Z-space, Makerspace, private fine arts lessons, Robotics, sports and an after school program that all extend learning. The Parent Teacher Fellowship and STEAM Advisory Board also sponsor numerous exhilarating events! Open House: fcasoars.com/rsvp Tours: fcasoars.com/tours

9200 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 75220 214-706-9568 admissions@wesleyprep.org wesleyprep.org

At Bridgeway Preparatory Academy, we believe that all children have the ability to reach their full potential, despite unique needs, when given appropriate supports. BPA was founded to provide this nontuition option for families of children with unique needs. We aim to develop happy, well-rounded learners who achieve to their full potential by providing a nurturing environment and STEAM curriculum guided by Harvard’s Universal Design for Learning framework.

4100 Alpha Rd., Ste. 1150, Dallas, TX 75244 214-257-8883 bridgewaypreparatory.org

Principal Kathy Makris and the staff at Holy Trinity Academy consider it a privilege and responsibility to foster and promote the academic, spiritual, social and emotional growth of each child who walks through the doors. High academic standards in a Christian, nurturing environment have compelled onlookers to call HTA “a hidden gem” where intellect sparks and souls shine. Come for a tour and see why. Offering year-round enrollment for two years through kindergarten. SACS accredited.

13555 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, TX 75240 972-490-7060 holytrinityacademy.com

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Carla Stanford, M.Ed. Executive Director

Students with learning differences can find success at Fairhill School. For more than 45 years, bright students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD or processing disorders have been able to overcome obstacles to learning in order to reach their full potential. Fairhill has the feel of a traditional school with a customized approach to learning. The school provides multisensory instruction, small student-teacher ratios, a college preparatory curriculum and a highly qualified staff including dyslexia and reading specialists. By employing targeted

interventions, academic support and the appropriate amount of rigor, students excel, build confidence and experience success.

Fairhill School

16150 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75248 972-233-1026 cstanford@fairhill.org fairhill.org

I am proud to be the head of a school dedicated to ensuring that students with learning differences receive the support they

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need to thrive academically and socially. The Hillier School offers small, engaging classes for students with dyslexia and related language learning differences in grades 1–8. Students are taught through a structured, multisensory approach in a Christ-centered environment that fosters self-respect and competence and

Ginger Gustovich, M.Ed., CALT Head of School

Dr. Joan Buchanan Hill

empowers students to reach their full potential

3821 University Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205 214-525-6600 hillierschool.org

both in and outside of the classroom.

The Lamplighter School’s legacy as the premier early childhood and elementary school in Dallas was founded on the principles of collaborative, hands-on learning, respect for self and others, shared values and meaningful traditions. We are decidedly innovative and creative in our approach as we invite each child to participate in the joy of learning. Join us for a tour on January 17 and experience how Lamplighter delivers serious education wrapped in the wonder of childhood.

11611 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 75229 214-369-9201 thelamplighterschool.org

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Mark Crotty Head of School

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At St. John’s, we celebrate learning as a joyous, lifelong pursuit. We champion our students to courageously apply what they know not only toward a challenging education but across all aspects of their lives. St. John’s students take pride in their accomplishments, develop their natural curiosity and channel their inner drive to think independently, critically and creatively. While exploring, creating and collaborating, St. John’s students deepen their love for learning. And when children love to learn, they will thrive throughout life.

848 Harter Rd., Dallas TX 75218 214-328-9131 njacobs@stjohnsschool.org stjohnsschool.org


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Suzanne Stell Executive Director

Head of School

Amy A. Adams, M.Ed. Principal

Rebbie Evans Head of School

therapy program and outreach/training … one Shelton with many resources. Our mission remains rock-solid as we enter our 43rd year.

As we celebrate our 31st year, I have reflected on what makes The Westwood School different. Our foundation is one of believing in the uniqueness of each student, and Westwood is the embodiment of the small school, big experience sought at every age level. Students from toddler through grade 12 connect with the world as they choose to conduct a class meeting or confidently climb a mountain in adventure leadership. I am proud to serve this close-knit community in a school that ignites in students a voluntary joy in learning through our highly regarded Montessori/ International Baccalaureate education.

I invite you to discover The Westwood Way. Admission Preview: Thurs., Jan. 18, 5–7:30pm

Amy Adams is not your typical principal, but then neither is the school that she heads. Mrs. Adams has trending ideas for instructing students of this digital generation, which will better prepare them for the tech world that today’s learners are encountering. Since 1964, White Rock North School has been known for having great comprehensive programs in which children are recognized as individuals. White Rock North School boasts of elementary students working a grade level ahead of schedule, but what you may not know about are the new student-managed

gardens, indoor pool, roller skating rink and new technology initiative. These are a few of the things that set this school apart from others.

For the past 35 years, I have been committed to fostering the success of unique learners at The Winston School. Presently, we are excited about the opening of our new Winston Center for the Arts. This state-of-the-art facility provides greater opportunities for students to flourish as they develop their unique gifts and talents.  Additionally, Winston will soon add an Innovation Lab, which will energize students and spark their creativity in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Learn more about The Winston School, Open House, January 29, 2–4PM. Come discover the Winston Difference!

Shelton School and Evaluation Center 15720 Hillcrest Rd. Dallas, TX 75248 972-774-1772 • shelton.org

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Heather Lourcey

Engage, Enrich, Empower. We’re changing the way the world thinks about learning differences. We do it by using a customized approach within a mainstream environment and by cultivating the unique gifts and talents of the creative, intelligent, progressive and resilient students we serve. We do it by sharing the student success stories we’ve had since 1976. Mrs. Stell oversees the largest independent school worldwide for intelligent students who happen to have a learning difference. She also oversees Shelton’s evaluation center, speech

14340 Proton Rd., Dallas, TX 75244 972-239-8598 westwoodschool.org

9727 White Rock Trail, Dallas, TX 75238 214-348-7410 • info@whiterocknorthschool.com whiterocknorthschool.com

5707 Royal Ln., Dallas TX, 75229 214-691-6950 winston-school.org

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Meredyth Cole,

Head of School

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Roger L. Perry,

DeeDee Mims,

Headmaster

Head of School

Jeff Hendricks,

Headmaster

It’s about more than a diploma at The Episcopal School of Dallas. Our mission is lofty, and our standards, extraordinary. We appreciate the importance of exemplary test scores, but our goal is exemplary lives. We are preparing lives that will go out from the classroom, reach out to the community and stand out in the world.   Experience ESD from our students’ perspectives in this brief video: esdallas.org/admission

What most people notice first about Lakehill’s Headmaster, Roger Perry, is his charismatic personality that makes everyone feel at home. Perry’s leadership style sets the standard for a warm, friendly and childcentered environment. At the heart of his philosophy is the belief that Lakehill is a family. This culture of caring is felt throughout the entire school, with faculty and families who support each other and are dedicated to helping each child reach his or her full potential.

New Hope Christian Academy is a unique, urban school in historic downtown Plano. DeeDee Mims, the head of school, along with a qualified staff of educators, opened NHCA to meet needs of families desiring an education of academic excellence from a biblical perspective. NHCA prepares students academically and spiritually and helps them understand God’s purpose for their lives. The school strives to meet the needs of all students, regardless of race, nationality, physical challenges or economic limitations. Twelve-year-olds who love great books. Firstgraders fascinated with nature. Standout athletes in the musical. A faith-filled community led by wise faculty. It’s an education that takes the long view of a child’s development, offers rigorous academics with attentiveness to a student’s heart, is lived in community and is oriented toward vibrant faith in Jesus Christ. Come explore Providence Christian School of Texas, a school committed to developing students of character through a classical, Christ-centered education.

My commitment to education is founded on my belief that children are a gift from God. As a result, I am committed to the creation of a school milieu at Scofield Christian School that views each child as a unique individual who needs a caring and stimulating environment to grow and mature spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Education involves more than a child’s intellectual abilities; it should ultimately inspire Dr. Shailendra N.Thomas, Head of School learners to fulfill God’s purpose in their lives.

Darin and Christy Sloan

Owners, Chief Administrator and Director

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The Sloan School is an independent, private nondenominational Christian school offering preschool, private elementary school, after-school and summer programs. Our mission is to provide an outstanding Christ-centered education that develops your whole child—challenging his mind, nurturing his heart, stirring his soul and strengthening his body—in order that he may be equipped to achieve God’s highest and best for his life. To learn more, please visit thesloanschool.com, or better yet, come visit us!

Lower School 4344 Colgate Ave., Dallas, TX 75225 • 214-353-5818 Middle and Upper School 4100 Merrell Rd., Dallas, TX 75229 • 214-358-4368 admission@esdallas.org

2720 Hillside Dr., Dallas, TX 75214 214-826-2931 lakehillprep.org

New Hope Christian Academy 1501 H Avenue, Plano TX  75074 972-656-9951 explorenewhope.org

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Villa-O // Italian 4514 Travis St., Suite 132, Dallas; 214/780-1880 // villaorestaurant.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free all day with purchase of an adult meal.

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Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant // Mexican 4170 Lavon Drive, Suite 100, Garland; 972/4967555 // cristinasmex.com // Two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in and takeout. Deal also offered on Tuesday. Modern Market // Farm-to-Table See Sunday for details. The String Bean // Southern 1310 W. Campbell Road, Richardson; 972/3853287 // thestringbean.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dinner entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

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Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch See Sunday for details. Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant // Mexican See Monday for details. Jed’s Grill // American 1001 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 469/291-5001 // jedsgrillrestaurantdallas.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Luna Grill // Mediterranean 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 510, Richardson; 469/677-6812 // lunagrill.com // Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal 4pm–close. Age 12 and younger. Paradise Bakery & Café // Bakery 13710 Dallas Parkway, Dallas; 972/503-1800 // paradisebakery.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal, all day. Age 12 and younger. Dinein only. Deal also offered on Thursday. Pluckers // American 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 520, Addison; 972/490-9464 // 5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 406, Dallas; 214/363-9464 // pluckers.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult dine-in entree, all day. Dine-in only. Age 10 and younger. Drinks not included. Details vary by location. Slater’s 50/50 // American 2817 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 214/888-0158 // slaters5050.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of adult entree, all day. Texadelphia // Deli Multiple locations // texadelphia.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree or regular sandwich, all day. Dine-in and takeout. Details vary by location. Unleavened Fresh Kitchen // American See Sunday for details.

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FA I R PA R K January 1 Did you resolve to spend more time with your kids? Begin your resolution on day one of 2018 at this free event hosted by Vogel Alcove. Head inside Fair Park’s Automobile Building for all-ages activities beginning at 3pm, plus more kid-friendly fun and live music outdoors, food vendors and then at 7pm a fireworks show. FREE 1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd., Dallas; 214/368-8686 day1dallas.com

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F R I S C O S Q UA R E Through January 3 After the flurry of the holiday season, don’t miss your chance to skate on this real ice skating rink outdoors in Frisco. $12 per person for skate rentals (fee still applies if you bring your own ice skates) and sizes are available in kids 8 through adult 13. Free for spectators. Main Street and Coleman Boulevard, Frisco; 469/633-1721 friscosquare.com/cits

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I T ’ L L D O DA L L A S January 5 and 19 On Friday night, go out clubbing with your kids (yes, really). These Disco Kids dance parties

are made for kids and their parents to party in a safe and fun environment complete with glow sticks and a light-up dance floor, DJ-spun tunes, concessions for the kids and an open bar for parents. $5 per kid; free for adults. 4322 Elm St., Dallas; 214/695-5947 facebook.com/discokidsatitlldo

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C O U RT YA R D T H E AT E R January 5–20 Watch as the dancers of Plano Metropolitan Ballet perform as Princess Aurora, her three fairy godmothers and the horned Maleficent in this original fairy tale ballet. On select days, Girl Scout troops are invited to come early to watch the dance warm-ups and stay late for a Q-and-A and autographs. $18. 1509 H Ave., Plano; 972/769-0017 planometballet.org

SHEN YUN

WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE January 5–15 M U SIC HA L L AT FA I R PA R K January 13–21 Witness a performance representing five centuries of Chinese history

when Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to North Texas. This grand production features classical Chinese dancers clad in colorful, flowing costumes, plus a live orchestra. (Check out the trailer online.) Kids must be 4 or older to attend. Tickets from $80. 2403 Flora St., Dallas; 888/974-3698 909 First Ave., Dallas; 888/974-3698 shenyun.com/dfw

whimsical overnight experience with a screening of Disney’s Frozen, the explosive fire and ice show, frosted bubbles and the Dallas Zoo’s show with cold-weather animals from all around the world. $40 adult chaperones (one required for every four children ages 6–14); $50 children. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

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FA I R PA R K Through January 7 Enter Fair Park’s Leonhardt Lagoon through the snowflake corridor to find a land of holiday light displays created in the Chinese lantern style. General admission is $20 adults; $12 children ages 3–12; $54 for family four-pack. For a few dollars more, throw snowballs (at targets, not at each other) and sled down the two-story Santa’s Arctic Slide. 1318 S. Second Ave., Dallas; 972/905-6742 holidaywonder.com

NASH E R S C U L P T U R E CENTER January 6 The Nasher opens the doors to its art galleries for a full schedule of artist demos, stories, a colorful art project and yoga poses in the sculpture garden, all designed to inspire your preschoolers and elementaryage children. Family activities run from 10am–2pm; museum open through 5pm. FREE 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214/242-5100 nashersculpturecenter.org

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PEROT MUSEUM O F N AT U R E AND SCIENCE January 6 Pack your sleeping bags and make sure to register your family or group in advance for this

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THE TRAINS AT NORTHPARK

N O R T H PA R K C E N T E R Through January 7 This 30th annual exhibit benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas harkens back to the glory days of toy trains. Get an up-close look at the more than 750 rail cars zooming past elaborate re-creations of American landmarks on 1,600 feet of track, on view on level two between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. $7 adults; $4 children ages 2–12. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas;

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HOLIDAY AT THE ARBORETUM

DA L L A S ARBORETUM Through January 7 See the Partridge in a Pear Tree and more Victorian scenes from The 12 Days of Christmas carol on display in 25-foot-tall gazebos during the arboretum’s last week of holiday festivities. Stop at the cafe for family kisses under the mistletoe, and step inside the DeGolyer House with more than 800 nutcrackers on view. Closed New Year’s Day. Free with admission: $15 adults; $10 children ages 3–12. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615 dallasarboretum.org/holiday

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

F R I S C O D I S C O V E RY CENTER January 12–21 Watch the kids of Frisco Youth Theatre take a stab at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rollicking musical that masterfully translates the revered ancient text into songs by Joseph, an Elvis-like Pharaoh, and more biblical characters. $10 in advance; $12 starting Jan. 8; $20 for front row seats. 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco; 972/422-2575 northtexasperformingarts.org

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N O R T H PA R K CENTER January 13 Take your kids into the shopping center’s NorthCourt for an afternoon of art projects that explore the work of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, the American sculptors and husband-andwife team known for supersize pop art sculptures. (Their Spoonbridge and Cherry is amazing.) FREE 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/363-7441 northparkcenter.com

MOCHITSUKI NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

F U J I T SU N ET WOR K C O M M U N I C AT I O N S , INC. January 14 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Join the Japan-America Society of Dallas/ Fort Worth in celebrating the new year with long-held traditions, such as pounding rice to make mochi (rice cakes) and more cultural demonstrations and dancing. Members: $5 adults; $3 kids ages 6–12. Nonmembers: $10 adults; $5 kids. 2801 Telecom Parkway, Richardson; 214/342-2022 jasdfw.org

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY PARADE

M L K B O U L E VA R D January 15 A weekend of free events by the MLK Recreation Center leads up to the Monday morning parade, among the largest MLK parades in the nation with an expected 250,000 participants and spectators. Find your spot on the sidewalks along MLK Boulevard and join in the fanfare. The parade begins at 10am at the intersection of Holmes Street and MLK Boulevard, travels down MLK 52

Festival. See the authors at screenings adapted from their books and stay for free copies and book signings following each program. Tickets are available beginning one hour before each showtime. FREE 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas; 214/821-6300 usafilmfestival.com

THE KNIGHT AT DAWN KIDS

WILLOW BEND CENTER OF THE ART S January 19–27 Fresh off its grand opening last month, the North Texas Performing Arts’ new headquarters inside The Shops at Willow Bend presents another new offering for kids: an adaptation of the second book from Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House book series, performed by a local cast of kids.$10 in advance; $12 the week of the show. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Suite B216, Plano; 972/422-2575 northtexasperformingarts.org

LATE NIGHT AT THE DMA

DA L L A S M U S E U M OF ART January 19 The DMA’s first Late Night of the year explores the psychedelic world of Yayoi Kusama and All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, on exhibit through Feb. 25. The extra trippy (but family-friendly) fun runs from 6pm–midnight. $10; free for children 11 and younger. $10 additional to see the exhibit. Book your tickets in advance. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/922-1200 dma.org

KIDFILM FESTIVAL

ANGELIKA FILM C E N T E R DA L L A S January 20–21 Children’s book authors and illustrators Barney Saltzberg, Ame Dyckman and Jacqueline K. Ogburn headline this year’s KidFilm Festival presented by the USA Film

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PLANO EVENT CENTER January 20–21 Want to support your child’s love of toy trains even after the Christmas season has ended? Check out the elaborate model train displays on view in Plano thanks to the North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs, with how-to clinics, home layouts and door prizes. $10; free for children age 12 and younger. Cash only at the door. 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano; 972/941-5840 dfwtrainshows.com

JUST FOR KIDS – THE PIPDILLYS

MESQUITE ART S CENTER January 20 Sing and dance along with Bo and Gretchen Gerard, the magic-wielding, juggling comedy duo known as The Pipdillys, in this all-ages show on Saturday morning. FREE 1527 N. Galloway Ave., Mesquite; 972/216-8132 mesquiteartscenter.org

THE COLOR PURPLE

M U SIC HA L L AT FA I R PA R K January 23–February 4 Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award–winning Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize—winning book about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Recommended for age 8 and older. Tickets from $20. 909 First Ave., Dallas;

ANIMAL INSTINCTS

Trained circus cats jump through hoops, Wild Kratts brothers share their love of untamed creatures and animal characters from beloved children’s books take to the stage in new musicals. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW

DA L L A S C H I L D R E N ’ S T H E AT E R January 19–February 25 Treat your kids to a rich performance of 75 larger-than-life puppets inspired by four books by children’s author Eric Carle, including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Tickets from $17. // 5938 Skillman St., Dallas; 214/740-0051; dct.org

PETE THE CAT – THE MUSICAL

EISEMANN CENTER FOR P E R F O R M I N G A R T S January 21 The cool blue cat you know from the children’s book series by James and Kimberly Dean now takes his singing, dancing and guitar strumming skills to the stage. Watch as Pete befriends second-grader Jimmy Biddle and family in a new musical. Tickets from $12. // 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson; 972/744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

THE AMAZING ACRO-CATS

T H E T E X A S T H E AT R E January 24–25 As if successfully training cats weren’t amazing enough, this traveling cat circus is now headlined by an all-feline rock band, Tuna and the Rock Cats. See trainer Samantha Martin herd the kitties in a hilarious, can’t-miss show for cat lovers. $20 adults; $15 children. Tickets from $25 for seats and animal meet and greets after the show. A portion of proceeds benefits the group’s mobile foster and rescue efforts. // 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas; 214/948-1546; circuscats.com

WILD KRATTS LIVE!

V E R I Z O N T H E AT R E January 27 Experience a live-action version of the children’s animated TV series when co-creators and brothers Martin and Chris Kratt come to Grand Prairie on their quest to share creature fundamentals. Tickets from $27.50. $100 VIP ticket includes a post-show meet and greet and an autographed photo. // 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie; 888/929-7849; axs.com

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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER January 27 DR P E P P E R A R E NA January 28 The basketball handling wizards of the Harlem Globetrotters bring their magic back to Dallas and,

for the first time since 2010, to Frisco. Reserve your seats starting at $15, and for $22 more, book the Magic Pass, an on-court half-hour playtime with the team. The Globetrotters will also be available after the game for autographs and high fives. 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas; 800/745-3000 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco; 800/745-3000 harlemglobetrotters.com

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MOMMY FAILS ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

“I was at the grocery store with my three kids when I saw a friend, started talking to her and put my baby down in the basket. When we were done chatting, I grabbed my two oldest kids’ hands and walked off. Two aisles over, I realized I left the baby. (Thankfully, my friend stayed with him until I came back.)” —LATOYAL, PLANO

My 1-year-old son knocked over my Dr Pepper. I didn’t notice until I heard him slurping it off the floor.” —STEPHANIE, FLOWER MOUND

MY HUSBAND WAS TEASING ME SO I PLAYFULLY PUNCHED HIM AND SAID, ‘NO!’ NEXT THING I KNEW, MY 23-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER WAS HITTING HIM AND SAYING ‘NO!’ TOO. NOW SHE DOES IT ALL THE TIME, EVEN IN PUBLIC.” —MARION, DALLAS

“My 2-year-old daughter has a hard time saying her T’s and R’s. Consequently, the word ‘truck’ is ‘fwuck.’ When we are in public and she hears sirens and yells ‘Fwuck! Fwuck! Fwuck!’ at the top of her lungs, I can’t help but laugh.” —BRIELLE, DALLAS

Got a parenting fail you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you. Send it to editorial@dfwchild.com.

“After pumping at work, I went to ask my manager a question. She just smiled and stood there stunned. I looked down and saw that I had forgotten to button my blouse. Luckily, I did remember to snap my nursing bra back into place.” —JENNIFER, DALLAS

MY 4-YEAR-OLD SON SAW MY BRA ON A CHAIR AND ASKED WHAT IT WAS. I SAID IT’S A BRA THAT WOMEN USE TO SUPPORT THEIR BOOBS. LATER WE WERE IN TARGET AND WENT PAST THE LINGERIE SECTION, AND WHEN HE SAW THE BRAS, HE SCREAMED SUPER LOUD: ‘MOM, BOOBS!’” —ASHLEY, DALLAS

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DallasChild January 2018  

The magazine parents live by in Dallas County

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The magazine parents live by in Dallas County