The Story of White Rock North School
John and Mary Adams, both veteran teachers, married during their public school careers. Unaware that it was against district policy for spouses to work in the same school or district, they were surprised when their principal asked which of them would like to resign their contracts! Mrs. Adams, who had always wanted to launch her own private school, decided that she would issue her resignation. She wanted the freedom to teach the way each child learned and to stay true to traditional education principles, which were falling out of fashion at that time in the local public school districts. Her goals were to aggressively challenge her students’ minds and bolster their self-images. From these hopes came the school’s first motto: “Learning today. Leading tomorrow.”
White Rock North School opened in 1964 and graduated 12 students its first year. Through the years, White Rock North has expanded one small project at a time. As one of their early projects, for example, Mr. and Mrs. Adams decided that a horse would be a great addition to their school concept. The students have enjoyed petting and caring for the school’s horse ever since! A swimming pool was one of their next projects and, slowly, they saved enough funds to build a large pool on the school grounds. Parents have found that the swimming lessons offered by the school, on-site, are convenient and a great supplement to White Rock North’s physical education program.
As White Rock North continued to grow during the 1970s, the school added a skating rink in 1978. Students continue to skate as part of White Rock North’s physical education program. The spacious rink is also used as a gymnasium and is the location for various pageants and programs held throughout the year.
With so much progress being made in the community, an arson fire in 1979 was not something Mr. and Mrs. Adams ever anticipated. During that event, the original school building was lost. Mr. and Mrs. Adams soon began rebuilding by constructing what is now known as the main building.
Mr. and Mrs. Adams’ own daughter, Amy, attended White Rock North during the early years. In 1993, Amy joined the school ranks as an administrator. Early in 1995, Amy began the process to earn accreditation for the school. This desire promoted another step of growth, and, in 1996, White Rock North was recognized by the Texas Education Agency (T.E.A.) and received its first accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (S.A.C.S.).
White Rock North continued to expand after receiving its accreditation. Mr. and Mrs. Adams began building a new wing, strictly for 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 visits from new mothers were becoming more frequent. They began conceptualizing an infant program to serve the needs of the many young families in the area. The “Corner Cottage Infant Center” opened in 2003 and has earned much praise from parents.
White Rock North School has proudly educated thousands of children since it opened. Many of these children have enrolled their own children in White Rock North School. Amy Adams is both excited and gratified to know that so many prior students want to give their children the unique experiences they themselves had as students at White Rock North School.
We welcome your visit to White Rock North School. We hope that, upon entering, you will experience the feelings of openness, safety and stability that our families have come to expect.
John Adams, The Cowboy as he was affectionately known by the students, passed away in 2008. Mary Adams continued to uphold the legacy of White Rock North School, until she passed away in September of 2017. Daughter Amy Adams continues the tradition of “Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow.”
Meet Amy Adams, Head of School
In 1992, Amy Adams brought her Masters degree and her love of children to White Rock North School. Her parents, Mary and John Adams, founded the school in 1964 and Amy attended this unique school, just as her own four children did, through the 6th grade. Amy, a 1987 Lake Highlands High School graduate returned from Baylor and brought with her a unique philosophy of education that values the importance of being a child. “I believe kids should work hard and play hard, but our students are definitely embracing a progressive education environment. All students, Kindergarten and older have tablets they use daily, blog with their teachers and definitely love their BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) time! On the flip side, the students work and harvest food from the school’s Outdoor Learning Center that the school chef then prepares for their meals!
“At White Rock North, we believe it is possible to balance working hard for an education with time to breathe.”