At Apple Blossom Center for Discovery, we believe every child is capable, and will be successful, when the family belongs to a supportive educational community. Our goal is to provide children with the foundations for success, nurtured within a village where creativity and academic excellence flourish.
Using the Finnish model of education, each child is given enough structured individual attention to surpass the common core curriculum requirements. As each course is mastered, more advanced material is given. Our educators are experts in Mathematics, Language Arts, and Education. They combine the Montessori Method of hands-on learning and teacher observations with small class size to ensure focus on each student’s mastery of our curriculum. In addition, a child’s curiosity allows for limitless opportunities to learn!
Apple Blossom Center for Discovery is designed for the child, and our students love having indoor and outdoor learning spaces. The indoor classrooms are organized around cooperative learning areas with gently colorful walls bathed in natural light. Our outdoor classrooms and playground make use of the gorgeous 1-acre property and are generously shaded by lovely oak trees.
The psychological atmosphere flows naturally from the learning environment. Our teachers are calm and patient, using encouragement, positive expectations, and considerate words and requests. We believe in treating children with respect and we strive to create an authoritative atmosphere as opposed to the more common authoritarian atmosphere found in most schools.
The use of multiple teaching methodologies merged with hands on learning is enriched by individual practice and cooperative learning groups. Our students are encouraged to take academic risks and learn from their mistakes. The curriculum pulls from our students’ imagination, resulting in a variety of interests, fun, and meaningful learning that sticks with them throughout their academic career!
At ABCD, we strive to be a tight knit community in which we recognize our responsibility to the student, the family, the larger Austin Community and as global citizens that live in an increasingly shrinking world. Your child will build lasting friendships and have ample opportunities to collaborate with other students on and off the playground. Our school firmly believes in facilitating conflict resolution and making sure our students exercise “Voice and Choice” (influence and autonomy).
As part of our community, your child will participate in fun and educational field trips to local cultural associations and enjoy studying books written by and about people of various cultures and ethnicity. You are most certainly welcome to join us and we are always open to parents and families wishing to volunteer.
The academics at Apple Blossom Center for Discovery start at a minimum of meeting the Texas TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills) and build from other exemplary academic sources. We pull our English Language Arts and Social Studies pacing and outline from Massachusetts (consistently ranked at the top of national education rankings) and have adapted the Next Generation Science skills (NGSS) in which we employ lessons designed to mimic life and be cross curricular as well as active. In the real world, we rarely do science in a vacuum, instead utilizing our writing and reading skills along with our mathematical ability to examine the world around us. The next generation will need to be skilled at all of these things to tackle tomorrow’s problems.
Our curriculum is informed by Finnish Education System, consistently internationally ranked in the top three. Hallmarks of this system include unstructured play time, extended outdoor engagement, small class sizes, trusted teachers, social emotional skills, a distinct lack of standardized tests, and global awareness. We firmly believe (as do the Finnish educators) that homework is unnecessary, until around high school, and takes away from valuable family and relaxation time. Our school day is from 8:30am-4pm.
We all know academics alone are not the key to our children’s future success. Social-Emotional Intelligence is as important, if not more important, than a strong understanding of math and literature. Our students are taught mindfulness, healthy coping strategies, and interpersonal effectiveness.
All of the students are shown how to identify their own emotions and taught self-regulation through mindfulness, which aids in developing empathy for others. Our teachers support students in recognizing healthy boundaries, a skill that is crucial in relationships. We assist each with identifying core strengths and values, improving feelings of self-worth and self-respect. Your child will also learn positive ways to resolve conflict. All of these core skills will serve long after they graduate from Apple Blossom Center for Discovery.