Location: Central/East Austin
East MLK, near Airport Blvd.
Students served: PreK3–2nd grade (3–7 years old); now enrolling PreK3–1st grade; expanding up to 2nd grade in 2019 (maximum of 25 children)
Model/philosophy: The focus of Los Amiguitos is to enhance the development of the whole child in a global world, with a focus on creativity, problem solving. socio-emotional intelligence, empowerment, critical thinking, respect and sustainability of self, others, and Nature, and becoming culturally and linguistically aware and open minded.
Special features: Immersion in Spanish (3 days/week) and in French (2 days/week); integrated and meaningful curriculum; inquiry-, project-, drama-, and nature-based learning; yoga and mindfulness; music and movement; arts; acting; gardening and nature exploration and care; hands-on learning; strong emphasis on making a difference within the community (small or large), as well as building community among children, parents, and teachers.
Schedule: 9am–2:30pm (extended day 8:30–5pm) Monday–Friday; 3-day option (Monday–Wednesday); half-day option
Tuition: $700–$825/month for 11 months, depending on program; extra for extended day
Contact: Lila Haham | firstname.lastname@example.org | escuelaamiguitos.com
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