Teachers and students returned from summer break on Monday beaming with excitement as Life School kicked off the 2013-14 school year at its campuses throughout Dallas and Ellis counties.

Nearly 4,500 students enrolled for the first time in Life School’s history, which dates back to 1998, and the charter school district celebrated the opening of its Mountain Creek campus.

“The first day of school is such an exciting time for students, parents, teachers and staff. The smiles on their faces are hard to miss,” said Superintendent Brent Wilson. “We’re always impressed by the great attitudes and potential we see in our returning and new students.”

Located at 5525 W. Illinois Ave. in Dallas, Life School Mountain Creek is the charter school district’s fifth elementary school campus, joining Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Oak Cliff and Red Oak.

The new school offers kindergarten and first grade classes, with a new grade scheduled to be added each year until it reaches sixth.

“We’re so proud to have opened our new Mountain Creek campus in Oak Cliff, further extending our commitment to serve the children of North Texas,” said Wilson.

About Life School

Life School opened as a public charter school in 1998 and has campuses in Dallas, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Red Oak and Waxahachie.

Life School is one of only 45 districts and 13 charter schools to be named in 2012 by the Comptroller’s office to the Texas Honors Circle, which recognizes school districts and campuses for excellence in resource allocations that contribute to high academic achievement and cost-effective operations.

The Texas Education Agency in 2012 awarded Life School its highest rating of Superior Achievement. Life School’s mission is to train leaders with life skills for the 21st century by establishing strong academics, character training and a parenting program.