Head of school Walter Sorenson poses with upper elementary students before their fall campout earlier this month: Facebook

Head of school Walter Sorenson poses with upper elementary students before their fall campout earlier this month: Facebook

Big changes are happening at the St. Alcuin Montessori School of Dallas on Churchill and Preston.

For starters, the school, which is one of the largest accredited Montessori schools in the U.S., is now simply named the Alcuin school.

In a statement released by the school, the change was made to more accurately reflect the school’s diverse community and its dedication to including students from all faiths and belief systems.

Also, after previously only offering early childhood education classes through 8th grade curriculum, the school is accepting applications for upper class students for the first time.

Alcuin will accept about 15 freshman students for the 2014-2015 school year. The school will add one grade level per year to eventually include about 50 students per grade to maintain a low teacher-pupil ratio.

The fully accredited upper school program will feature curriculum from the International Baccalaureate, a world-renowned college preparatory program that emphasizes collaborative learning and student initiative through an interdisciplinary academic core of math, science, humanities, English, foreign language, technology, arts and athletics. (parents can learn more and apply online here — the next informational meeting will be held on campus Nov. 6 from 8:45-10:15 a.m.)

“The upper school offers the perfect complement to our Montessori Program, ensuring that our graduates will be distinctly prepared for success in college and the changing world beyond,” says Head of School Walter Sorensen.

The inaugural 2014-2015 upper class will also coincide with the school’s 50th anniversary.


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