Founder and Executive Director, Terry Ford.

Pictured: Founder and Executive Director, Terry Ford.

Our Story

Lumin Education was founded in 1978 for the specific purpose of proving that all children, regardless of race or income, can succeed in school when we start young and involve parents.

From its humble beginnings of educating a single class of eight children in donated space, the original  campus has expanded to a 5 classroom campus serving one hundred children with daily classroom and outreach programs.

In August 1999, Lumin opened a second campus that replicates the academic programs and success of the original model.  In 2009, Lumin opened its third location in the neighborhood north of Bachman Lake (one of the poorest neighborhoods in Dallas, just north of Love Field Airport).

Together, our three campuses serve over 550 children and their parents.


Our mission is to provide an outstanding education to children from diverse backgrounds by starting young and involving parents.

Philosophy of Education

Lumin Education is guided by the Montessori philosophy of education. That philosophy is rooted in Dr. Montessori’s conviction (which has been confirmed by our experience) that, unless severely impaired, “children naturally have the same drive to develop in a cognitive sense as they do in a physical sense.  The desire of an elementary student to master equivalent fractions can be just as strong as the desire of the infant to crawl, unless the desire has been diminished by the circumstances of the child’s life.”

Keys to Success

  • We start young to take advantage of the windows of opportunity in a child’s early brain development.
  • We involve parents as partners in their child’s education.
  • We expect excellence from each child.
  • We teach values; children learn the importance of being kind, loving, and respectful.
  • We encourage initiative so children learn how to be responsible for their own learning.
  • We create a small, supportive school community, where people know each other and help students build on their strengths.

Lumin Education is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization which operates early childhood learning centers with programs to meet the needs of children from birth to age nine.

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