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Fort Worth Museum School

About

For seventy-two years Museum School has introduced children to the wonders of the world around them. Founded in 1949, the program was first called the “Frisky and Blossom Club.” Today, Museum School continues to be a national model for informal science education.

The program’s intimate classroom surroundings foster a love for learning . . . from the wondrous science specimens and historical artifacts in the Museum’s large teaching collections to the early-childhood master teachers who brilliantly connect children’s imaginations to nature in their own backyard and times long ago. Young children are encouraged to discover and dream of one day becoming astronauts, engineers, historians, paleontologists and so much more through their encounters with real objects and real stories.

Museum School prides itself on its developmentally-appropriate, experiential, engaging learning environments. We are always exploring ways to creatively focus on all of the unique learning opportunities that we are able to offer during this challenging time.

We are looking forward to continuing the Museum School legacy experienced by generations of children. We know that this will be another year of excellence at Museum School, and we hope your child will join us at Museum School!

Meet Our Team

It is a gift to serve as the Museum Preschool Director. With over twenty years in education as a teacher, instructional specialist and preschool director, I felt the magic of the 72 year legacy of extraordinary learning from the first moment I stepped into a Museum School classroom. The happy, cheerful classrooms where children are actively engaged in playing, learning, and exploring are a bright spot in early childhood education. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t stop and appreciate having the opportunity to spend each day in such a special place amongst treasures from our museum’s history and science collections and a team of passionate educators who make the magic come alive each day.

It is a treat to hear the stories of generations of Museum School families and to welcome our new families. I can’t wait for your child to join us and experience the gift of Museum School.

Sincerely,

Sarah Oliver, Museum Preschool Director


As the Museum Preschool Assistant Director, I have the opportunity to be an integral part of the everyday interactions with the children and families of Museum School. I have faithfully served as a 3-year-old teacher in the Rabbit Room for over 17 years, and it was a privilege to have both of my daughters attend Museum School. I enjoy sharing my appreciation for nature and the world around us with our Museum School families. I am passionate about the learning that takes place in our classrooms; our lessons are supported by our rich teaching collection of live animals, science specimens, and history artifacts. Museum School has a very special place in my heart, and I am thankful for the role it plays in our community. I look forward to welcoming you and your family into our school.

Sincerely,

Paula Butts, Museum Preschool Assistant Director


From left to right -

Back: Mrs. Cassara, Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Benson, Mrs. Rymell, Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Oliver, Mrs. Shive

Front: Mrs. Glass, Mrs. Butts, Mrs. Pederson, Mrs. Aldridge, Mrs. Neubauer, Mrs. Puhl

Fall/Spring Curriculum

Each week, Museum School class topics and activities for all ages change or build on each other, taking children on an exciting journey of investigation and discovery.

Three Year Old - Three-year-old children become familiar with individual animals – what they look like, what they eat and the kind of homes they prefer. They soon learn the differences between mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and other animals.

Four Year Old - Four-year-old children discover how individual animals with similar characteristics are grouped into families. Their curriculum includes additional topics such as earth science, Native American cultures and early Texas settlers.

Children who are age four have the option to enroll in an extended-day class which integrates engineering concepts through STEAM activities that compliment and connect with the traditional Museum School natural science and history curriculum.

Five and Six Year Old - The five and six year old class introduces the concept of habitats and the interdependence of all living things. Caves, deserts, forests, prairies and space are just a few of the exciting topics that reinforce the idea that there are many types of environments, all with their own unique features. Please note that children may attend this class for two consecutive years at age 5 and 6. However, the curriculum remains the same; children will benefit from repetition and will continue to learn new details the second year.

Children who are age five and six have the option to enroll in an extended-day class which integrates engineering concepts through STEAM activities that compliment and connect with the traditional Museum School natural science and history curriculum.

2021 2022 Museum School Curriculum

Summer Curriculum
Around the River (Ages 3 and 4) - The unique habitat of the Trinity River is alive with animal and plant life. Exploring this unique habitat will help children learn about the various creatures that live there. The three-year-old children meet wood ducks that nest in tree cavities, crustaceans digging in shallow waters, raccoons that prowl the muddy river banks and reptiles slithering through the brush. Four-year-old children encounter salamanders, catfish, mallard ducks, opossums and other creatures that depend on the winding river for food and shelter.
 
Space Bound (Ages 3 and 4) - Our solar neighborhood is an exciting place featuring planets, the sun and moon, stars and many other celestial objects. Three-year-old children explore planet Earth, take a pretend trip to the moon, discover the wonders of the sun and spend time star gazing. Four-year-old children find out about life as an astronaut – blasting off from our home planet, headed to the moon’s surface. The unique planets of the solar system will be introduced as well as starry constellations.
 
Dinosaur Days (Ages 3 and 4) - As budding paleontologists, three-year-old children are introduced to a different type of dinosaur each day to learn about their differences and similarities. Four-year-old children compare and contrast several different dinosaurs – from largest to smallest, plant eaters to meat eaters, and learn that dinosaurs are either bird-hipped or lizard-hipped. Five-year-old students will explore the different prehistoric periods of the dinosaurs: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. They will compare dinosaur characteristics such as anatomy and speed, and learn how paleontologists help us know more about the days when dinosaurs roamed the land.
 
Space Explorers (Ages 5/6) - Learn about the science of astronomy - the study of celestial bodies such as planets, stars, and other objects in space. Discover how space probes, satellites and rockets work, learn about gravity and other space concepts.
 
Hissers & Croakers (Ages 5/6) - Let’s hear it for herpetology – the study of reptiles and amphibians. Through observation of live and preserved specimens, learn about the life cycles and characteristics of these fascinating creatures.
 
Dinosaur Roundup (Ages 5/6) - Millions of years ago, dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Acrocanthosaurus, and Tenontosaurus wandered the state of Texas. What were these ancient creatures like? Make dinosaur projects, compare dinosaurs to other animals, and become an expert junior paleontologist!
Upcoming Events

Join us on February 7, 2022 from 11 AM - 1 PM for a chance to tour the classrooms and ask questions about Museum School. Meet some of our amazing staff and learn more about all that Museum School has to offer. This is a come-and-go event that will include tea and treats. Children are welcome!

Please RSVP HERE. We encourage you to share this event and link to RSVP with friends and family!

Free parking will be available in the Museum School Parking Lot on Lansford Lane.

Enrollment

Museum School is no longer accepting registration for the 2021-2022 school year. Be sure to check our 2022-2023 Class Schedule and registration dates below.

The leadership staff of the Museum and Museum School remain dedicated to implementing up-to-date health and safety standards for the welfare of the Museum School staff and children. Museum School follows CDC and Child Care Licensing directives and recommendations.

Parents/guardians should familiarize themselves with and understand the applicable Parent Handbook for their students chosen program before making the final enrollment decision. The 2022-2023 Parent Handbook will be uploaded on January 25, 2022.

Museum School admits students of any race, nationality or ethnic origin.

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  1. Complete online Enrollment form
  2. Receive admission letter from museumschool@fwmsh.org
  3. Payment for registration fee in Procare

Due Summer 2022

  1. Statement of Health
  2. Hearing/Vision Screening Results (if 4 years of age by September 1, 2022)
  3. Immunization Records
    • Click HERE to see examples of immunization records.
  4. Complete Medical Documentation & Child Information and Release Form
  1. Complete online Enrollment form
  2. Receive admission letter from museumschool@fwmsh.org
  3. Payment for registration fee in Procare
  4. Immunization Records
    • Click HERE to see examples of immunization records.
2022-23 Fall/Spring

If the class you want is closed, we encourage you to proceed with submitting your enrollment request in order to be placed on the waitlist. The registration fee will not be invoiced until your child is placed in a class and you have received an Admission Letter.

Children must turn 3-6 years of age by September 1, 2022. All children must be toilet-trained and toilet-independent to be eligible for enrollment. The classrooms are not licensed or equipped for diaper changing; therefore, pull-ups and diapers are not permitted. Museum School classes are designed for children who can remain in a group setting without parental assistance, are toilet trained, and able to use the restroom without assistance.

Fall/Spring Tuition

All Museum School classes meet once per week. Class fees include a $100 non-refundable registration fee plus tuition. Class fees may be paid with a credit card or ACH bank transfer and will be invoiced and paid directly through your child’s ProCare© account. Checks or cash cannot be accepted and registrations cannot be accepted by phone, mail, or in person. Tuition invoices will be emailed five days prior to the due date.

July 22, 2022 - Deadline to withdraw from the school year before the first tuition payment is due.

November 18, 2022 - Deadline to withdraw from the remainder of the school year before the final tuition payment is due.

2022 Summer

Each weekly class session will be Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. If the class you want is closed, we encourage you to proceed with submitting your enrollment request in order to be placed on the waitlist. The registration fee will not be invoiced until your child is placed in a class and you have received an Admission Letter. 

Children must turn 3-6 years of age by September 1, 2021. All children must be toilet-trained and toilet-independent to be eligible for enrollment. The classrooms are not licensed or equipped for diaper changing; therefore, pull-ups and diapers are not permitted. Museum School classes are designed for children who can remain in a group setting without parental assistance, are toilet trained, and able to use the restroom without assistance.  

We expect classes to fill quickly as there are limited openings available.
Children may enroll in one session per topic for a maximum of 3 sessions.
NOTE: The Museum School age policy has changed for Summer 2022 classes. Whereas children were required to turn ages 3, 4, 5 or 6 by MAY 31, 2021 for Summer 2021, children are required to turn ages 3, 4, 5 or 6 years of age by SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 for Summer 2022.  

Therefore, parents may choose on the Enrollment Form for their child to attend the same age group as assigned in Summer 2021 or move up to the next age group for Summer 2022. 

Example:

For Summer 2022 classes only, a child who attended the 3-year-old program in Summer 2021 may attend the 3- OR 4-year-old program in Summer 2022.  

For questions or clarifications, please contact the Museum School office at museumschool@fwmsh.org or 817-255-9333.

Summer Tuition

Class fees include a $50 non-refundable registration fee plus tuition. Class fees may be paid with a credit card or ACH bank transfer and will be invoiced and paid directly through your child’s ProCare© account. Checks or cash cannot be accepted and registrations cannot be accepted by phone, mail, or in person.

A withdrawal letter must be emailed to museumschool@fwmsh.org by the deadline indicated for each session. Tuition is non-refundable after the withdrawal deadline for each session.

Scholarships

The Museum School Scholarship Program offers economic assistance to families in order that their children may experience an educational and exciting Museum School class. Funding for the scholarship program is made possible by generous contributions from individuals whose goal is to help all children gain the life-long benefits Museum School has to offer.

A limited number of scholarships (based on financial need using the income guidelines of the WIC program) are allotted on a first-come basis.

A scholarship approval does not guarantee placement in a class. If you will be applying for a scholarship for Fall/Spring 2022-2023 or Summer 2022 Museum School, the Scholarship Application instructions are linked to the Enrollment Form. Scholarship applications should be submitted at the same time as your child’s Enrollment Form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Children must be 3, 4, 5, or 6 years of age by September 1, 2021 for the Fall/Spring 2021-2022 school year. Age levels of classes are strictly observed, and children will be placed in classes accordingly.

All children must be toilet-trained and toilet-independent to be eligible for enrollment. The classrooms are not licensed or equipped for diaper changing; therefore, pull-ups and diapers are not permitted. Museum School classes are designed for children who can remain in a group setting without parental assistance, are toilet trained, and able to use the restroom without assistance.

Museum School class sizes range from 12 to 14 children. Classes have a 1:7 teacher to student ratio. Each class has two lead teachers.

All staff have education, experience or degrees in early childhood, elementary and special education.

Museum School is regulated by the TDFPS (Texas Department of Family and Protective Services) and follows all standards and requirements regarding student records.

The full scope of COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures (temperature screenings; masks; cleaning and disinfecting practices; student drop-off/pick-up; social distancing; etc.) are listed in detail in the appropriate Parent Handbooks. It is critical that all parents/guardians familiarize themselves the handbook.

Contact Information

Phone 817-255-9333

Email museumschool@fwmsh.org

Address 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Web www.fwmuseum.org/learn/museum-school/

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Careers

Thank you for your interest in a teaching position at Museum School. The Education Department is seeking qualified, enthusiastic Museum School Substitute Teachers for its Preschool program.

Please click HERE to complete and employment application.

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