The TKS Annual Fund
We are The Kessler School.
We are the educators, families, and community partners who are passionately committed to educating the next generation of life-long learners.
We are more than just a school. We are a community. And together, we are building an unlimited educational experience that values individuality, cultivates a passion for learning, instills respect for others, and promotes leadership and community service.
So what makes The Kessler School a premier school of choice for families in southern Dallas?
"The Kessler School is the complete package: devoted teachers, innovative curriculum, small classes with personalized attention, and an incredible sense of community among the families. We are so thankful we have this gem here in Oak Cliff and don’t have to drive across town to give our kids a first-rate education,"
Shelbi Barnhouse, Mother of three Kessler School Students.
Support TKS ANNUAL FUND
Through our Annual Fund, we are fulfilling our mission of creating an enriching learning environment, tailored to the unique needs of our students. Our Annual Fund allows us to remain competitive with other private schools in the Metroplex by offering a well-rounded curriculum in harmony with our students, families, and faculty right here in Oak Cliff.
The Annual Fund is truly a community endeavor. In the words of Vanessa Ullmann, our Head of School,
“Every gift makes a difference and demonstrates the level of commitment we have to the value of education provided for our students.”
Each year, we rely on our school community to contribute to the Annual Fund. Tuition only covers 77% of the cost of our school’s expenses, so these tax-deductible donations to the Annual Fund make it possible for The Kessler School to continue to provide an unlimited, exceptional foundation for our students to grow.
Our child-centered curriculum was developed with an emphasis on the fine arts and STEM. Problem-solving and creativity are among the essential skills we help our students nurture through our Annual Fund and community partners. In fact, next year will be the seventh year our arts program has been directed in partnership with Oil and Cotton, a local women-owned art school.
“The relationship we have with Oil and Cotton provides our students the opportunities for brain development, self-esteem, and creativity,” writes Jesse Bartlett, one of our 4th-grade teachers. “They also provide quality art education by offering a thoughtful curriculum that teaches our students the importance of art history, instructing them on how to use materials and resources responsibly, and connecting them with exceptional teaching artists.”
The Annual Fund allows us to provide a personalized education within an enriching small school environment. Smaller class sizes help us keep the student experience front and center at the Kessler School as teachers meet the needs of each individual student. By nurturing these important one-on-one relationships with their students, teachers are better able to guide their students’ natural curiosity about the world around them.
All of our teachers agree, these relationships, made possible through smaller classroom sizes, are a defining feature of the Kessler experience. “I love the autonomy I have in my classroom,” writes Mrs. Hayes, one of our Pre-K II teachers. “The low student-to-teacher ratio means I get to spend ample time getting to know my students and their interests and shape our learning environment to reflect them.”
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