Published November 19, 2015
At the beginning of the 21st Century,
Nancy Chick and her husband Charles
had a vision: They wanted to create
a preparatory school that delivered
more than the typical offerings they had encountered
when raising their own children.
And so the Bluebonnet School in Cedar Park
was born in 2002. It now has over 200 students
enrolled in infant care, preschool, kindergarten,
after-school and summer programs. It is a
secure facility that boasts a full-time cook who
ensures the students are given healthy and diverse
The goal of the school has always been to deliver
more than is required. “Whereas some
schools have accreditation for just their curriculums,
Bluebonnet has it for the entire school,”
said Nancy Chick. “Bluebonnet is the only
school in Texas that is accredited by both the
National Accreditation Commission as well as
the National Association for the Education of
Furthermore, teacher-student ratios far exceed
the minimum standards set by the state
and, at Bluebonnet, those teachers have fouryear
"We have an emphasis on every-day, one-on-one interaction between children and teachers," said Chick.
“We see ourselves as partners with the parents,”
said Vice President of Operations Kristen
Gregory, who has been with the school since
2003. “We do student assessments and have
parent conferences every three months.” Gregory
added that the school hosts parent seminars
on such topics as sibling rivalries, nighttime
routines and toilet training.
The Bluebonnet School sits on two acres on
El Salido Parkway, just north of RM 620. “We
wanted the large space because we believe
children must move in order to be ready to
learn,” said Chick. In addition to plenty of room
to spread out and play, the school boasts a water
park that uses UV-treated, chlorinated and
filtered water to ensure cleanliness.
In the classroom, great emphasis is placed on
the sciences. Even pre-K students take part in
entertaining and educational scientific experiments.
While the children are busy learning
and having fun, the Bluebonnet is busy assessing
their progress. The youngest are tracked
using 20 different criteria. As they get older,
that number rises to 50.
For its banking, the Bluebonnet School is a member of the Amplify Credit Union.
“Amplify actually sought us out and I’m glad
they did,” said Chick. “They gave us a great deal
on a re-finance. Their locations are convenient
and they have great customer service. They are
a very friendly, welcoming service.”
The Chicks and the staff at the Bluebonnet
School have worked hard to make a place where
children can be at their best while preparing
them for what lies ahead. They have done this
by making learning a positive experience.
“Joy every day—that’s what we strive for,” said Chick.
Bluebonnet School of Cedar Park
3420 El Salido Parkway,
Cedar Park, TX 78613