Alcuin School, one of the largest accredited Montessori schools in the U. S., along with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, provides an ideal learning environment that guides and nurtures the full development of the child from 18 months to 18 years of age.
Founded in 1964 by Episcopal priest Albert A. Taliaferro, the Montessori School of Dallas occupied part of a two-story house in Highland Park with 68 students between the ages of two and five. At the end of that first year, Alcuin School purchased two acres far across town, where they were located for almost twenty years. As the school continued to grow, its academic development paralleled its physical evolution.
A New Location
Farsighted parents, aware of the school’s growing reputation and enrollment, purchased more land in 1980. Alcuin School’s 225 students, along with its staff of over twenty, relocated into thirteen classrooms at 6144 Churchill Way in the summer of 1983.
Growth of the School
If the direction of Alcuin School from the 1960s through the 1980s was toward outward growth, the 1990s saw the school look more inward. In addition to the three-level academic program, Alcuin School established an endowment fund, formalized board governance, and aligned admissions with mission. Acquisitions included additional land, a Performing Arts Center, and exterior landscaping. Professional development flourished; science, foreign language and technology programs evolved.
The IB Programme
In recent years, the Middle School has been recognized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). Although IBMYP is a curriculum for students in 6th through 10th grade, Alcuin School’s IB program has served students in 6th through 8th grade. IBMYP is a rigorous academic program that prepares them for not only high school but college as well. With the addition of the Upper School, students will complete the IBMYP curriculum in 10th grade and then transition to the IB Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. Both IB Programmes are committed to promoting independent learning, critical thinking, and inquisitiveness.
A Vision of Excellence
Despite many changes over the years, Alcuin School still remains deeply committed to its founder's vision of educational excellence. Today, Alcuin School sits on a beautifully scenic 12-acre campus and has grown to accommodate more than 500 students. Construction of new facilities expanded the campus to include an Upper Elementary and Middle School, a gymnasium, a library, an Innovation Studio, state of the art Science lab and a beautiful community center which all provide the ideal environment for students today and tomorrow to live, learn and play.