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Old 02-28-2013, 10:05 AM
 
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I just got to know this school from the teacher of my preschool daughter. I checked on the website and there are not much information about it.

My daughter is academically far beyond her age. Her teacher always tries to persuade us to send her to a private school instead of public school ( she should go to coppell public school).

I am also curious how a private school run with only $8500 tuition.

Thanks for any input!
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:59 AM
 
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I'd skeptical that there are many private schools (besides some that are well known) that can compete with Coppell public schools. I would check out North Hills if you are interested in a more demanding atmosphere, but as your child is still in preschool, I don't think that it is really that clear yet that she absolutely needs more stimulation than what a normal elementary school can offer.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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My daughter is academically far beyond her age.
Just how advanced is your daughter? I'd find out first, then find out what works. I recommend this book as a starting point. You might save yourself a lot of grief over picking the right path.

www.pps.k12.or.us/files/tag/Ruf_Estimates.doc

Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind: Deborah L. Ruf: 9780910707701: Amazon.com: Books

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I am also curious how a private school run with only $8500 tuition.

A coworker's sons attend EPS. His wife is a former teacher and loves the school. Both of their kids scored > 98th percentile on the ITBS last year. As I recall from what she said, most of the students are in the top 10% of the ITBS.

If you consider that most charter schools run on less than $5000 a year from the state for each student, and most ISDS do it for around 9K, then EPS is not doing too bad. If you add up salaries and then add 50% for overhead, then that is what the school should cost on a per pupil basis.

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I'd skeptical that there are many private schools (besides some that are well known) that can compete with Coppell public schools. I would check out North Hills if you are interested in a more demanding atmosphere, but as your child is still in preschool, I don't think that it is really that clear yet that she absolutely needs more stimulation than what a normal elementary school can offer.
EPS runs from Pre-K through the 8th (??) grade.

I'd advise the OP to go get a tour and see for herself.

As well as get that book.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:22 PM
 
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Just a heads up for the link to pps.k12.or.us.... For me, it would open the PPS website but would not pull up the document, report the doc as not found. However, the site does have a 'Search PPS' box where a user can input the Ruf_Estimates.doc to search. It will then result in a new page with a link to the requested Doc.

Your experience may vary.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:11 PM
 
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Just a heads up for the link to pps.k12.or.us.... For me, it would open the PPS website but would not pull up the document, report the doc as not found. However, the site does have a 'Search PPS' box where a user can input the Ruf_Estimates.doc to search. It will then result in a new page with a link to the requested Doc.

Your experience may vary.
Sorry about that.

Just cut and paste the whole url.

Or here is a nice linky.

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/files/tag/Ruf_Estimates.doc

Doc is not a substitute for the book.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:39 AM
 
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My daughter goes there. We are very happy. We live in Flower Mound and really had no issues with our public school options from an academic perspective, but I do think Explorations is a better fit for our family.

We also looked at North Hills, although not all that closely, and I would say that the two schools produce similarly outstanding results in completely different ways. North Hills seemed very rigorous, even at the younger grade levels. Lots of homework, lots of emphasis on test scores, a fair number of kids who just can't hang, etc. Explorations is not at all rigorous in those ways. My daughter can whip through her nightly homework in 5 mins if she concentrates. But she is still working well ahead of grade level. And she loves going to school.

As for how it runs on $8500/year? Facilities. They rent space in a church. No fancy athletic fields or auditoriums like you'll see at pricier private schools. But fantastic teachers, and a small (about 100 kids total right now, PK-6) and nurturing school community. They are talking about moving to a dedicated campus in the coming years and I am curious/nervous to see the effect on tuition.

I definitely recommend checking it out -- and checking out your local public school, while you are at it, and charter schools (we looked at Vista Academy in Coppell, in addition to North Hills). And seeing what feels like the best fit for you.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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I was a teacher there for a few years and I can tell you that it's a wonderful school that fosters a love of learning and has a family-like atmosphere. Also, with regard to the above poster, in my own experience, much of homework is review...so if your child whips through homework, it isn't necessarily a sign that he or she isn't being fully challenged during class hours! I loved teaching there but I'm now staying at home with my own young children. It's a fabulous school, though. Good luck!
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