Location: Southwest Austin
(Home base is at the Art Garage Austin)
11190 Circle Dr
Austin, TX 78736
Students served: Currently enrolling ages 11–13 for Fall 2017
Current enrollment: Now enrolling a maximum of 24 students for Fall 2017
Model/philosophy: Synergy Middle School is a five-day program that combines the expertise of established local programs already providing classes to the community and the skill and oversight of professional classroom teachers into one school program.
Special features: The handpicked essential youth programs with whom Synergy Middle School is partnering include outdoor education from Earth Native Wilderness School, visual arts classes from The Art Garage Austin, theater and robotics through the Paramount Theatre, aerial yoga and mindfulness from Yogapeutics, and guitar/voice lessons from Don’t Stop Rockin’.
Schedule: 7:45am–3:15pm Monday–Friday. Loosely follows the AISD calendar.
Tuition: $14,000 (includes all program costs, supplies, and transportation) plus $100 application fee (waived for inaugural year applicants 2016–2017), $1,000 annual registration fee (due annually with signed contract), $2,500 new student fee (one-time fee for all new entering students, due with signed contract)
Contact: Rachel Green Soto, Executive Director and Education Design Coordinator | 512-417-4558 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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