Approximately 1/3 of our 6th grade class will be filled with students who have matriculated from our Elementary program. Approximately ½ of our 9th grade class will be filled with students who have matriculated from our Middle School. Therefore, it’s quite easy for new applicants to transfer in at the 6th and 9th grade levels since those are beginning years of those programs. We find that new students are always welcomed with open arms and open hearts.
School starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:55 p.m. We have early drop-off for no additional fee at 8:00 a.m. Sports practices, theater rehearsals, and choir practices take place after school. Unless they are involved in one of these activities, students should be picked up by 4:15 p.m.
All students take six classes per year: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and an Arts of their choice. For physical education, Middle School students take a daily PE class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and a series of wellness seminars on Wednesday. High School students are required to earn a physical activity credit each year through our school sports program, the Outdoor Leadership program, or activities in the community. High School students also take courses College Planning as well as various electives. Every student participates in an advisory curriculum to foster character development; earns yearly community service hours; and executes an independent project with extensive planning requirements, practical experience, and a presentation in our Project Fair.
Our 6th through 12th grade programs are housed in the heart of Austin’s downtown district in six buildings. The campus features sunlit classrooms, spacious student lounges, two science labs, an art studio, a media arts lab, an outdoor deck with lots of workspace, and a 2,000 square foot studio annex that houses our performing arts program.
No, all of our Montessori programs are five days per week. It is an important component of the Montessori philosophy that children experience the consistency of returning to the same environment day after day. For families who are interested in a shorter school day, a half-day program is available for Primary and our Young Children’s Community.
In the Young Children’s Community program, toilet-learning is a part of the curriculum, and children are expected to be working towards being self-sufficient in the bathroom. In the Primary program, children should be self-sufficient before starting school.