High demand leads Dallas ISD to launch a new Montessori school in North Dallas


The new Montessori Dual Language schools is now accepting applications for students entering pre-K, kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade next school year.  Families can apply by visiting www.dallasisd.org/choosedallasisd and filling out the online application.

Dallas ISD has seen a huge demand for Montessori schools, with there being three times as many applications as there are available seats.

With that in mind, Dallas ISD is launching a new Montessori Dual Language school in North Dallas to provide additional choices to Dallas-area families. The school, which will be located at the current E.D. Walker Middle School campus, will open next school year and is currently accepting applications here.

“We have seen how families love our Montessori schools and are excited to provide this additional option for students,” said Angie Gaylord, deputy chief of the Dallas ISD Office of Transformation and Innovation.

By offering a Montessori program and a Two-Way Dual Language program, students will have an opportunity to adapt to an independent learning environment while acquiring two languages – English and Spanish. Montessori instruction emphasizes student self-discovery and independence. Classrooms feature creative hands-on activities and small group and collaborative learning opportunities.

The Montessori Academy will start by enrolling pre-K to second grade for 2021–2022, adding a grade level each year up to fifth-grade.

Dallas ISD already operates five pre-K-5th Montessori schools: George Bannerman Dealey, Downtown Montessori, Eduardo Mata, Onesimo Hernandez, and Harry Stone. In last school year’s application count, there were approximately 2,500 applications for Montessori campuses to fill 700 seats. And just for George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy, 504 applied for 66 seats.

Dallas ISD will next be looking to open a new Montessori school in Pleasant Grove.

Renovations ahead

The 6th-through-8th grades of E.D. Walker will remain designated as a neighborhood school. This secondary school currently offers three different pathways, which are set up to align with the pathways at W.T. White High school: two in performing arts and a Two-Way Dual Language pathway.

The renovations are scheduled to end in the 2021 summer. Among the construction projects of the new parts of the building are:

  • Two-story pre-K and elementary addition (20 core classrooms), which can add 440 new students;
  • Extensive remodel of the existing building to integrate with the new addition;
  • State-of-the-art Digital Media space for innovation and collaboration;
  • Classroom, administration area, and athletic area renovations;
  • New P.E./Gym area for new K-5 addition with storm shelter:
  • Visual and performing arts UIL improvements;
  • Updated entrances for elementary and middle school access;
  • New playground area and play equipment for new K-5 elementary school addition
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