Mission - Vision - Values

Mission:  To transform education by starting young, involving parents, and creating learning environments to inspire children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.

Vision:  As we transform education, we transform communities by creating outstanding schools that empower, enrich, and support children and families.


  • We practice being kind, loving, and respectful of ourselves and others.
  • We practice being a compassionate community.
  • We practice being a dynamic learning community.
  • We practice integrity.
  • We practice empowerment.
  • We practice sustainability.


Our Story

Lumin Education was founded in 1978 with the belief that all children, regardless of race or income, can succeed in school and life when we “start young and involve parents.”

From humble beginnings of educating a single class of eight children in a donated space to an expansion that now includes three campuses, serving inner-city children through parent education and daily classroom programs, Lumin Education remains committed to lifting up Dallas communities through one simple idea: education.

We believe that taking an active interest in students and parents pays dividends. We believe in connecting communities and providing resources that grow healthy families and students and ultimately vibrant communities.

Lumin Education has been recognized for our role as a catalyst for an unprecedented increase in public preschool and public Montessori:

  • We were the first in Dallas to open a Montessori school available to all children regardless of income or ability,
  • The first to open a Pregnancy to Age 3 home visiting program,
  • The first in Texas to open a public Montessori charter school, and
  • The first to open a Montessori Early Head Start program.

From pregnancy to third grade, Lumin Education is invested in building thriving, self-sustaining families and helping each student achieve his or her potential. Our programs impact over 600 children and their families each year. Take a look at our 45 year history.

Our Philosophy

Lumin Education is guided by the Montessori philosophy of education. This philosophy is rooted in Dr. Maria Montessori’s conviction, which has been confirmed by our own 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.”

The Impact of a Lumin Education: A Data Story

Reports from the SMU Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human DevelopmentMeasuring Lumin Success, demonstrate the long-term impact of  Lumin Education:

Financials, Accountability, Curriculum and Instruction

Please click HERE to review this information.

Newsletters and Media


Take our Virtual Tour to learn if Lumin Education might be the right choice for your family.

  • View our video, Why Lumin Education.
  • Lumin is featured in the film, Inside Montessori from Quiet Island Films.  View the trailer HERE or view the entire film HERE.
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