The Yellow School
Serving Children Three Years through Kindergarten
Founded in 1974 as an extension of the Christian Education ministry of the church, The Yellow School is an early childhood program for children 3 years old through kindergarten. Recognizing that the early years of a child’s life are the most important for laying foundations of faith and for social, emotional, and cognitive development, the school provides each child with acceptance, respect, and love in a Christian environment. Following the state guidelines for curriculum and building on the latest research, the school provides an environment in which each child is free to explore experiment, discover, make decisions, and problem solve. We encourage curiosity and independence as the children learn and develop the skills necessary for future school success.
We believe the love of God binds us together. In that love we welcome and respect children of all faiths and we provide a welcoming and loving community in which the children work and play together and learn of God’s love for us all.
The Yellow School curricula are developed using guidelines set forth by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the findings of the latest brain research. Curricula is written to address the needs of each individual and the class as a whole. Learning activities appropriate to the developmental levels of the children are designed to teach reading and language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, Spanish, and the development of fine and gross motor skills, as well as faith development. Kindergarten children attend a computer class weekly.
The Yellow School is a “peanut & tree nut-free” facility.
The Yellow School maintains a low teacher/child ratio, providing each child with ample space and adult attention. A maximum of 8 children is assigned to 1 teacher, or 16 children to 2 teachers.
Yellow School 2018-2019 Application Information
Registration is closed for our Fall 2018-2019 school year. If you are interested, please contact the the office directly at 713-784-0820.
In the Fall, there will be a New Family Orientation at The Yellow School. This allows families not familiar with the school a chance to see the classrooms and find out more about the school.
If you have a child who will be eligible for the kindergarten next year, please note that, if that child is not currently at The Yellow School, you are asked to schedule a morning visit in the kindergarten class prior to placement.
We invite you to read the Parent Handbook (look for the download button below) for additional information.
If you have not visited the school, you are welcome to do so at any time. If you have any questions, email Candice Alexander or call 713-784-0820.
Payment Schedule & Fees
The tuition for the first month is due on or before the first day of attendance. Thereafter, monthly tuition charges are due and payable on the first day of each month. A $20.00 late fee will be assessed for tuition not yet received by the 10th of the month. A 3% discount is available to patrons who choose to pay the entire school year tuition on or before August 15th. Additional fees are assessed as patrons use Extended Day opportunities. A discount is available for families that have more than 1 child enrolled in the MDPC preschool programs.
Registration fees and tuition rates are established each year by The Yellow School Advisory Committee and are approved by the Session of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC).
For more information, email Candice Alexander or call 713-784-0820.
Registration Fee – A Registration Fee must accompany your application. This fee is non-refundable unless a space is unavailable and you make a written request for a refund. All requests for eligible refunds must be made by September 1, 2018 and are subject to a $25.00 administrative fee. This fee is non-transferable.
Reservation Fee – Once your child has been accepted, a reservation fee equal to one month’s tuition must be paid. This fee becomes next May’s tuition payment. The reservation fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Program Fee – A program fee, which covers a school t-shirt, yearbook, screenings, field trips, etc. is due with the Reservation Fee. The Program Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Discounts – Some discounts are available. Please contact the school for more information.
Scholarship Funds – Scholarship funds are available for families needing financial assistance.
Fine Arts in Summer School
Summer at The Yellow School will be full of creativity! The children will write stories, choose actors, and see their words come alive as their classmates dramatize their stories. There will be singing and dancing and art of various kinds. You may be the recipient of a Monet-inspired painting or a Miro-inspired sculpture. It is sure to be a fun and inspiring month!
We will begin Summer 2018 online registration at 6:00 AM on Friday, March 9.
Yellow School Classes Offered for fall 2018
Four class options are available for children who are 3 years old on or before September 1. Children must be toilet trained.
• 2-Day Class (Monday & Tuesday, or Thursday & Friday)
• 3-Day Class (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
• 3-Day Class (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Optional lunch bunch/extended days are available, at an additional charge, until 2:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and until 3:30 every day. (Tuesdays and Thursdays are built-in long days.)
Two class options are available for children who are 4 years old on or before September 1. Children must be toilet trained.
• 4-Day Pre-K - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
• 5-day Pre-K - Monday through Friday
For children who are 5 years old on or before September 1.
• 5-day Pre-K - Monday through Friday
- Enrollment Form
This form can be partially completed electronically, but then must be printed out, signed (by parent and/or a physician), and turned in as a hard copy.
- Introductory Information
This form can be completed electronically, saved as a PDF, and emailed to Candice Alexander.
- Sign Up for Monthly Auto Pay
- Extended Day Form - Fall 2018
- Parent Interest Form/Talent Survey
- Room Parent Sign-up
The forms above can be completed electronically, saved, and emailed as PDFs to Candice Alexander.
- REACH Class Escort Permission Form
This form can be partially completed electronically, but then must be printed out, signed by a parent, and turned in as a hard copy.
Every year we ask our families to complete a questionnaire about their experiences at the Yellow School. We hope you will give us your honest opinions and any suggestions your might have. The questionnaire may be submitted completely anonymously or you may add your name in the space provided. The questionnaire is available from April 1 through April 29. We look forward to hearing from you.
We are so happy to have the opportunity to share God’s word with your children during Chapel Time! Your preschooler will join us as we walk through the Bible and discover the love of Jesus Christ while hearing and participating in interactive Bible stories through age appropriate songs, rhymes, and games. Families and friends are always invited to join us for Chapel!
The lessons taught during Chapel Time are from the Tru Resources Curriculum. During the year we will teach stories from the Bible hearing about how God loves us, how God takes care of us, and that He gave us Jesus. Christmas is always a special time of the year as we study about the birth of Christ from the books of Matthew and Luke, and we are thankful that God loves us so much that he sent His Son. In spring we will explore the Easter story and the new life we have through Jesus Christ. By following the example that Jesus set for us, we can share our time, treasure, and talents with those in need and make a difference in our world today. As adults, we have the chance to model kindness to others and continue to set good examples for our children just as Jesus has set for us!
Our hope and prayer is that Chapel Time will be a fun place for your children to learn and grow in the love God has for each of them, and combined with the monthly newsletter articles specifying the subjects covered, will serve as an opportunity for conversations between you and your child. MDPC Children’s Ministries knows the value and importance of sharing the word of God with His littlest lambs and we thank you for sharing your children with us!
Children’s Ministries Pastor
Preschool Ministries Director
The Yellow School has many outreach opportunities throughout the year to help the children learn about helping others. Among them are: purchasing Christmas gifts for underprivileged children; earning money by doing chores at home to purchase books at our annual Book Fair for the children of underprivileged children; drawing pictures and/or making cards for our servicemen and women. Families are also encouraged to donate toiletries, snacks, magazines, books, games, etc. for care packages to send along with the children’s work. Through these and other “hands-on” activities the children develop a clear understanding of helping and sharing with others.
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