Back To School Guide 2015 (part 2)
Aug 13, 2015 02:33PM
● By Dia
LITTLE SUNSHINE’S PLAYHOUSELittle Sunshine’s Playhouse maintains an identity and brand image of unrivaled distinction in preschool and educational childcare, providing preschool beyond daycare and excellence in early childhood educa tion. Their philosophy differs from the average preschool because of its focus on building self-esteem through the arts and sports, limited enrollment, and an upscale environment.
The master-planned and accredited curriculum at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, Creatively Shine™, is based off the newest research and trends to prepare young children to enter their educational career equipped with cognitive, social, emotional, physical and language skills. Some of the most innovative services include their password-secured Kiddie Cams™ that allow live remote viewing capability for parents, their LuvNotes™ system, which is an electronic communication system that allows teachers to send secured, individualized reports, photos and videos of each child t o their parents throughout the day, a Red Carpet™ morning drop-off service and secured entry.
These unique characteristics and distinctive services differentiate Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in Southlake as the premier preschool/childcare concept.
Founded: 2002 grades: infant through pre-k open house dates: July 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 23 from 8 - 10 a.m. specialties: theater, music, and Spanish fun fact: little sunshine’s playhouse Southlake was the first little sunshine’s preschool to be built in Texas.
600 Zena Rucker Rd., Southlake / 817.442.5771 LittleSunshine.com/TX-Southlake
SOUTHLAKE TENNIS CENTERTennis is the sport of a lif etime, and at Southlake Tennis Center, players develop the athletic kills, oncentration, sportsmanship, discipline and selfreliance to excel at the sport and play at the top of their game. Studies show that junior tennis players have better grades and more self-esteem than players of team sports. Tennis is a great compliment to other sports, developing both foot-eye and hand-eye coordination while teaching players problem-solving skills.
At Southlake Tennis Center, we use the USTA player development program so players have more success as they learn. Our certified teaching staff uses a structured curriculum that focuses on the individual development of each player. We work with both recreational players who want to have fun playing tennis and serious competitive players who are seeking a college scholarship.
Founded: 1999 grades: ages four through high school specialties: southlake tennis center uses a skills-based approach with a low student-coach ratio that allows players to play right from the beginning.
450 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake 817.421.5605 / SouthlakeTennis.com
CROWN OF LIFE LUTHERAN SCHOOLCrown of Life Lutheran School (COLLS) is a loving, Christian environment that ministers to students and families by nurturing the whole child academically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically. Our commitment is to reinforce Christian morals and values from the authority of God’s Word, encouraging a close relationship with Jesus Christ, and high academic achievement for each child.
COLLS has been awarded over $300,000 in foundation grants, and has been described as “Tarrant County’s Best Kept Secret.” On average, COLLS students test 2.7 years ahead of their peers and rank in the top six percent nationwide on standardized tests. Teachers at COLLS are degreed and certified, and collectively complete more than 750 professional development hours each year. With students participating in activities such as soccer, basketball, art, and band, among others, COLLS fosters a multi-dimensional approach to learning. COLLS is dedicated to innovation in academic, spiritual, and emotional growth.
Grades: preschool (age two) through 8th grade innovative strategies: thinking maps, Kagan cooperative learning, stem class size: small class sizes and upper school students can earn high school credits fun facts: each year, students complete hundreds of community service hours. A statement of faith is not a required award: Colls has been named an NLSA exemplary school.
6605 Pleasant Run Rd., Colleyville 817.251.1881 / COLSchool.org
DFW PERFORMING ARTS CONSERVATORYDFW Performing Arts Conservatory is an academic and performing arts school for students in hird through 12th grade. Students at PAC have academic classes in the morning, taught b y certified teachers using a nationally accredited curriculum. In the afternoon, they receive fine art training in all styles of dance, acting, vocal and instrumental music.
Many PAC students audition and work in addition to going to school. They’ve shot commercials and TV shows for “The Voice,” Disney’s “Next Big Thing,” Six Flags, Market Street, Texas Lottery, NBC Pilots and have danced for the Dallas Cowboys. Graduates have gone on to receive scholarships to various universities.
It is PAC’s philosophy that if you train a child to be a quadruple threat, it will open so man y doors for these young artists.
Grades: third through 12th specialties: dance, acting, vocals, and music fun fact: providing both academic and fine arts training within a normal school day frees parents from having to drive all over the metroplex after school to take their child to these activities.
465 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake 817.888.1297 / dfwpac.com
SCHOOL OF ROCK
School of Rock is the largest and one of the mos t respected music schools in the w orld with over 150 locations worldwide. Dallas/Ft. Worth is home to seven schools, with the Southlake Boulevard location among the nation’s very best. Founded in 1998, School of Rock serves rockers of all ages.
Our mission is to inspire our students to rock, both on stage and in life, as we work to save rock ‘n’ roll one kid at a time. We have a unique approach to music education. Our students learn not only to play music, but also to understand the value of humility, hard work, and being on a team. Colleges look for more than test scores and letter grades – they look for the most well-rounded kids. Our kids have gone on to be on film, television, and Broadway, as well as touring the world in countless bands, having made friends for life.
Founded: 1998 grades: pre-k through adults specialties: guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums, and group rehearsals fun fact: the movie, “School of Rock,” is loosely based on our founder don’t miss: school of rock DFW summer tour finale at the house of blues, August 9.
3220 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake 682.593.0990 / Southlake.SchoolOfRock.com