Location: West Austin (Near Mopac and Bee Cave Road)
1044 Liberty Park Drive
Austin, TX 78746
Students served: Ages 6 to 14
Current enrollment: 30; now enrolling for Fall 2017
Model/philosophy: Emergent Academy believes today’s students are natural investigators, researchers, and synthesizers of information. The one-size-fits-all, studying-the-same-thing, at-the-same-time, in-the-same-way model is outdated and hinders success. Emergent School’s mission is to inspire each child who enters its doors to find the spark that will set them on their life's journey. Emergent has developed a nascent and evolutionary model for advancing students. Emergent’s 8th graders are passing community college English courses, and 5th graders are tackling 8th grade math courses. These results are possible because of Emergent Academy’s student-directed, multi-subject, and experiential approach to student learning.
Special features: Emergent Academy utilizes blended learning, which combines the best of online media approaches with the main features of traditional instruction to provide an integrated learning experience. Generally, students have some control over time, place, and path in the online learning environment, which provides a self-paced and personalized experience. Online courses and tools, such as Aleks and Khan Academy, are always supported with guidance from the Emergent educators, or Guides. Students are grouped into four learning levels: the Learning Lab includes the youngest students, typically grades 1–2; Level 1 includes students who are generally grades 3–4; Level 2 includes students who are grades 5–6; and Level 3 students are generally grades 7–8.
Schedule: Students at Emergent attend school year-round, with breaks spread throughout the year. Typically, breaks include Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, and an extended summer break. Please see the school calendar for more information. The school day runs 9am–3:30pm Monday–Friday. Emergent knows that flexibility is important for its families, so you may drop off your child at 8am before the school day begins.
Tuition: $10,500 annually. Emergent is sensitive to the financial situations of all families and is dedicated to providing tuition assistance to qualified applicants. It also offers tuition payment plans and scholarships.
Contact: Shelby Kauffman, Head of Enrollment | firstname.lastname@example.org | 512-358-1672
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