The Lamplighter School in Dallas, Texas has selected Ian Symmonds & Associates for strategic planning services. Our work will begin this spring and continue through the academic year 2017-18. We are excited to welcome a new Dallas client to our ISA community, continuing our work with a few independent schools in the DFW MetroPlex.
The Lamplighter School is an independent, co-educational day school for students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Lamplighter offers a warm and supportive environment which inspires interest, enthusiasm, and self confidence while pursuing academic excellence. The school was initially founded in 1953 in a farmhouse on Churchill Way in North Dallas by Natalie Murray and Marieta "Sandy" Swain, the founders. Natalie and Sandy envisioned a school that would celebrate children and encourage a path of lifelong learning. There were just twenty-three students and two teachers the first year, and classes were offered only in kindergarten and first grade. Other classes and grade levels were added over the years to meet the demand in Dallas for an outstanding educational program, leading to an enrollment of 400+ by the mid-60s.
In 1969, the school moved to its current location on Inwood Road. The school has since completed several expansions, including a fine arts wing and the much loved Cook Gymnasium. Although the names and trends may change, the original mission of the school remains strongly intact.