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Austin Rising School


We are a unique school
Austin Rising School is a creative space for homeschoolers that offers an academic three day (Tues-Thurs) or four day (Mon-Thurs) a week program that is progressive, project based, and interdisciplinary for Elementary, Middle and High School aged students (K-12th grade). Our approach involves Socratic discussions in all academic core classes where students are guided to make their own inferences. This focused academic time leaves space for families to have time for themselves and other extra-curricular activities. Maybe add in an art class, a music class, or a favorite sport. Families are free to create their own learning experiences at home on the days that their children are not at school.

Block Learning
At Austin Rising our goal is to create a deep understanding of the world while maintaining natural curiosity in the students. Students embark on an immersive learning journey, engaging in an educational experience designed to cultivate higher-level thinking and research skills. Through this approach, learners are encouraged to dive deep into complex topics, fostering a sense of curiosity and inquiry that goes beyond traditional classroom boundaries.

Kids of Kindness 
At Austin Rising, social-emotional education is very important. In fact, it is the foundation that Austin Rising stands on. This educational approach nurtures the holistic development of students, weaving the fabric of emotional intelligence, empathy, and interpersonal skills. At the heart of this approach lies the concept of a growth mindset, a powerful belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. By integrating social-emotional learning with the principles of a growth mindset, we strive to create an environment where students are encouraged to embrace challenges, learn from feedback, and see effort as a path to mastery.
This cultivates a school culture brimming with kindness, respect, and understanding. In this nurturing environment, students learn to recognize and manage their own emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Students feel safe and heard and due to this, can put all their energy into learning.

Math at Austin Rising is based on the idea that math is full of ideas, and relationships are constructed rather than isolated, memorized facts. This perspective shifts the focus from mere memorization to understanding the underlying concepts and the ways in which they relate to one another.

Science at Austin Rising thrives on a hands-on, experiential approach, where experiments and investigations form the cornerstone of learning. This method transforms the classroom into a laboratory of discovery, encouraging students to engage directly with the material world through observation, experimentation, and analysis. By actively participating in scientific inquiries, learners gain a profound understanding of scientific concepts, grounded in real-world experiences.

Mission Mondays
Classes encompass a project based approach to science, engineering, math, and history. Through hands-on projects, students develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and a deeper understanding of core concepts across various subjects. Students will investigate, explore, collaborate, and construct, thereby individualizing their learning experience.

Parent Involvement 
Through Parent Passion classes, parents are invited to teach one hour a day for one month (they also assist another parent passion teacher). Total commitment is 2 months out of the year. These classes are optional to teach and are designed to spark an interest in the students who may not have otherwise been exposed to a certain topic of study.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain

"Education is a holistic endeavor that involves the whole person, including our bodies, in a process of formation that aims our desires, primes our imagination, and orients us to the world - all before we ever start thinking about it." James K. A. Smith

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." - Sydney J. Harris

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

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What Students Are Saying...

What we learn with pleasure we never forget - A. Mercier

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What Parents Are Saying...

We are so grateful for Austin Rising School. The teachers, parents and children have been wonderful. They have provided our two children a safe, enriching and supportive environment. We love the creative project-based learning.

Kim M.

ARS has been a blessing in our child’s education. The way that the lessons are structured has helped them learn more in depth and really understand the material and get excited about it. The community and “family feel” is fantastic at ARS. We value the smaller class size (it translates into more concentrated attention and knowledge).

Amy L.

My daughter had only home schooled prior to attending Austin Rising School. The students are pushed to explore their creative side which makes her thoroughly enjoy her time at school. We love the school and the personal relationships that the teachers have developed with our family as a whole. Austin Rising School is helping her build a solid foundation not just as a student but also as a mindful human being.

Laurel H.

I love the involved and nurturing families that are part of ARS and the sweet and kind kids that attend. My daughter has separation anxiety and yet she feels safe and happy at school. It is such a relief and pleasure to know that she is thriving and happy socially, emotionally and academically.

Dana S.

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