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Student & Parent
Handbook

Welcome to White Rock North School! We look forward to getting to know you and your child personally, and we are so pleased that you have placed your faith in our school to educate and nurture your child.  As a school, it is our duty to foster your child's academic, physical, social, and emotional growth. To fulfill this responsibility, we need your contribution and wisdom as a parent.  Our staff is available to assist you in any way and provide you and your child with support to ensure a prosperous school year. 

 

Upon enrollment, our parent-school partnership begins, and in it, we will draw upon your knowledge and experience to enhance your child's education.

This handbook provides you with vital information about procedures, the school's philosophy, and the nature of the education your child will receive. It describes the roles of students, parents, teachers, and administration in making our partnership work. Please make a point of reading this book cover to cover and keeping it handy for reference.

 

White Rock North School continues to be an outstanding model of excellence in education because of our committed faculty and parents.

 

Thank you for your dedication and loyalty to our school and its students.

Founders & School History

Mary and John Adams founded White Rock North School in 1964. The building that now houses our Infant Center was the original schoolhouse for our inaugural Kindergarten class of twelve students.

 

From the beginning, the school's purpose has been to teach the way each child learns and stays true to traditional educational principles. The Adams' goal was to provide a challenging academic curriculum while also bolstering each student's self-image. From these hopes came the school's first motto: "Learning today. Leading tomorrow."

 

Through the years, White Rock North has expanded one small project at a time. One of the first projects was the addition of the original Main Building, and the acquisition of the school's unique mascot, a horse named Gypsy! They added a large swimming pool because they believed that swimming lessons and classes would greatly benefit the students. In 1978, they also added a full-service roller-skating rink, complete with skates and a disco ball. The arena is also a multi-function space that serves as the school gym, performance hall, and much more!

 

In 1979, a fire destroyed the original Main Building. The Adams' immediately began reconstruction where the current Main Building stands. Over the years, the school continued to grow in both size and enrollment. After receiving its accreditation in 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Adams began building the Grade School Building, strictly for students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. This project took a year-and-a-half to complete, and the new addition opened in 1998.

Over the next several years, Mr. and Mrs. Adams noticed that new mothers' visits were becoming more frequent. They began conceptualizing an infant program to serve the needs of the many young families in the area. They transitioned the original schoolhouse into an infant center known as the "Corner Cottage" that opened in 2003.

 

White Rock North School has proudly educated thousands of children since it opened. Many of these children have also enrolled their children, and later grandchildren, at White Rock North School. We are proud of the legacy left by Mary and John, and that so many alumni want to give their children the same unique experiences.

 

Sadly, John Adams passed away in 2008, and Mary Adams followed in 2017. We remember them fondly and are proud of our new mission, "Educating the leaders of tomorrow."

Current Ownership

Mrs. Adams is the Principal and Owner of White Rock North School. She is a second-generation school principal and owner, following our founders, John and Mary Adams. As a child, Amy attended White Rock North School.

 

Amy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University in 1991 and a Master of Science in Education in 1992. Upon graduating, Amy worked as a schoolteacher in London. She then joined the family business as both a teacher and P.E. coach. In 1995, Amy had her first of four children, Sterling, the school's Director of Business Development. In 1996 Amy helped the school earn its accreditation from AdvancED. As a result, she was promoted to Principal that same year.

 

Amy became the owner of White Rock North School in 2017 and has made it her mission to uphold the legacy of "Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow." She has made significant upgrades to the school's facilities, curriculum, and programming and genuinely enjoys fostering each child's development.

Mission Statement

White Rock North School

creates world-class leaders for tomorrow

by promoting excellence in our students.

Through a global approach,

we foster intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development

Philosophy

Our philosophy is to promote academic excellence by maintaining high standards, offering multi-level learning experiences, and encouraging students to achieve at the highest academic levels.

 

We develop personal integrity in our students by encouraging behavior consistent with moral and ethical values in individual, school, family, and community living. 

 

We nurture individual artistic and imaginative expression by encouraging creative thinking and providing opportunities for our students to discover their strengths and talents.

We foster civic responsibility by instilling readiness to assume the rights and responsibilities inherent in membership in a democratic society.  We encourage our students to be active in their communities and to participate in philanthropic events.

 

We provide a safe environment that is conducive to learning. We promote and maintain open lines of communication between parents, faculty, administration, and students.

Attendance Policy

The State of Texas sets the general attendance policy to govern attendance for students in

Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade.

The philosophy behind our tardy and attendance policy is to help teach and reinforce the value of punctuality and good attendance in the workplace. School is the "workplace" for students.

Upper School
Assignment & Grading Policies

Educators have many views on the methods and purposes of grading systems and policies. At White Rock North School, we believe that grades and other assessments should be constructive. While individual teachers will apply this principle according to their specific grade level requirements, the following standards will be observed universally.

Upper School
Student Awards

Student Award Ceremonies are held at the end of each Academic Quarter.
Students receive awards at the Award Ceremonies based on merit.

Upper School
Uniforms

All students in Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade must wear a uniform during school hours of 8:30 am - 3:30 pm