Programs & Classes

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SOUTH AUSTIN

TWO DAY PROGRAM (Tuesday and Wednesday)

2017-18 Program Year

Morning circle begins our day where students, parents and siblings are all welcome and encouraged to join in our greeting of the day in a mindful manner, getting the students ready for a thoughtful day.

Our day also includes Austin Rising School’s proprietary Kids of Kindness Club class where we focus on empathy and kindness activities. This class focuses on social emotional intelligence through empathy based activities and discussions, yoga and guided imagery. The anatomy and function of the brain will also be taught as well as being mindful and having a growth mindset.

At Austin Rising School our primary focus is on the emotional intelligence of each child.

At ARS we understand that not every student learns the same way therefore, we strive to meet every child’s learning style by providing a lot of visual aids, manipulatives, group work, individual work, etc. Students are free to move about the classroom when appropriate. They are welcome to stand or sit during lessons. By creating lessons in this manner we are ensuring that all the children’s needs are being met through a variety of learning styles, be it kinesthetic, auditory or visual.

Please visit our program details for the 2017-18 school year.

CLASSES

Students each attend one of the following class groups based on ability, age, and/or maturity.

The academic blocks of study for the 2017-18 school year are as follows:

  • Fantasy World Building through creative writing (6 weeks)
  • Chemistry (6 weeks)
  • Latin American Studies (6 weeks)
  • Astronomy (6 weeks)
  • European Art History (6 weeks)
  • World War II (Redwoods class only) (6 weeks)

REDWOODS (6th grade): Our social studies/science class encompasses many different content areas to create a cohesive and engaging lesson.  Writing, Language Arts, and History are woven together.  Focus is placed on organizing ideas in writing, grammar, analyzing information from different sources, contrast and compare, peer review, writing argumentative and opinion based essays using clear reasoning and supportive facts, class discussions and debates. As well as compare poems, stories and historical novels, explaining the plot of each and how the characters react to the action.  Students create an Arts Integrated Main Lesson textbook for each unit of study.  In addition, a one hour separate math class is taught each day.

A La Carte Classes (6th grade only)

Main lesson: 9:15 – 12:45.  Tues & Weds.  Interdisciplinary studies of a six week block of study. Please refer above for the themes studied in the 2017-18 school year.  Students must attend all year. $200 a month.

Math: 1:15 – 2:15.  Tues & Weds. Please refer below for a brief description of the class. Students must attend all year. $85.00 a month.

 

SEQUOIAS (4th-5th grade): Academics are taught in unit blocks ranging from 4-8 weeks in duration. These main academic blocks may include: humanities, social studies, science, history, geography, among others. Each unit of study is taught in a fun and purposeful project-based manner, covering art, humanities and cultural studies, language arts, history, and science. Focus will be on writing the 5 paragraph essay, vocabulary, and grammar.   The children create an Arts Integrated textbook for each unit of study. In addition, a one hour separate math class is taught each day.

 

ELMS (3rd-4th grade): Academics are taught in unit blocks ranging from 6-7 weeks in duration. These main academic blocks may include: humanities, social studies, science, history, geography, among others. Each unit of study taught in a fun and purposeful project-based manner, covering art, humanities and cultural studies, language arts, history, science and mathematics. The children create an Arts Integrated textbook for each unit of study. In addition, a one hour separate math class is taught each day.

 

OAKS (2nd- 3rd grade): Academics are taught in unit blocks ranging from 4-7weeks in duration. These main academic blocks may include: humanities, social studies, science, history, geography, among others. Each unit of study is taught in a fun and purposeful project-based manner, covering art, humanities and cultural studies, language arts, history, science and mathematics. The children create an Arts Integrated textbook for each unit of study. In addition, a one hour separate math class is taught each day.

CEDARS (1st grade): Academics are taught in unit blocks ranging from 4-7 weeks in duration. These main academic blocks may include: humanities, social studies, science, history, geography, among others. Each unit of study is taught in a fun and purposeful project-based manner, covering art, humanities and cultural studies, language arts, history, science and mathematics. The children create an Arts Integrated textbook for each unit of study.

MATH CLASS: The math classes, taught by Ms. Sue, are based on the idea that math is full of ideas and relationships that are constructed in our brains rather than isolated, memorized facts.  When children have rich contextual situations and playful exploration, they make and store connections that make sense to them.  Classes focus on recognizing relationships between numbers, exploring the properties of the basic arithmetic operations and the base-10 system, and developing flexible, creative ways to think about solving problems.  These are not your traditional, procedure-based, standard algorithm math classes.  Students are encouraged and supported in looking for cool ways to connect what they know with new mathematical ideas.  Emphasis is placed on using hands-on and visual models to aid in communicating mathematical thinking.  Kids are empowered when they are allowed to find their own way and construct their understanding of how math really works.

KIDS OF KINDNESS: Each group works on age appropriate activities. This class focuses on social emotional intelligence through empathy based activities and discussions, yoga and guided imagery. The anatomy and function of the brain is explored, as well mindfulness and creating a growth mindset. The idea behind the class is to always remember to be a kind human being not only to others, and the natural world around us, but to ourselves as well.

PARENT PASSION (all grades except Sequoias and Redwoods): ARS families rotate teaching lessons called Parent Passion class. It is appropriately named because parents teach what they are passionate about or what they are passionate about learning themselves (and then teaching what they have learned) or what the students are wanting to learn about.

** We focus on a non-graded, multi-aged, empathy based curriculum. Parental and family involvement through parent passion classes, where parents teach what they are passionate about, is a key component to our curriculum. Although, parents who are unable to teach a parent passion class due to other life commitments can choose to opt out of teaching.

To join the co-op, please call us at  512-917-4212 to  see if ARS is a good fit for your family.

 

learnmore@austinrisingschool.com     512-917-4212