At the Austin Children’s Academy (ACA), our mission is to guide every student through the milestones of early childhood development in a nurturing and natural way. Whatever your children’s ages, we engage their natural curiosity in the world to promote their innate creativity, engage their senses, develop their initiative and independence, and most of all, encourage empathy and respect for others. We do all this within a warm, loving, educational environment that feels to your child like a home-away-from-home.
One of the keys to our success is our educational philosophy. Our school is an Austin Montessori School, a member of the American Montessori Society, for which we are currently completing the rigorous accreditation process. We adhere to the child-based, tried-and-true learning philosophy developed a hundred years ago by Italy’s first female doctor and educator. Like Dr. Maria Montessori, we believe that children learn best when they are prompted to follow the winding path of their own bottomless curiosity. All our teachers are Montessori-certified, trained to capitalize, through constant classroom observation, each child’s individual creative and learning impulses to nudge them toward their next cognitive, motor-skill, sensory, and educational milestones.
Our facilities were built and designed to maximize learning and safety for children of all ages. Each of our ten classrooms is dedicated to one program, and thus set up for a specific age range. For infants and toddlers, we emphasize safety so the toddlers can move around and explore freely. For older children in preschool and kindergarten, the educational materials may look “just” like toys but each serves a very specific range of learning purposes. Each classroom has a dedicated computer lab and library used in age-appropriate ways. Outdoor facilities include two enclosed play areas with equipment for younger and older children as well as other wide-open spaces available for sports, messy art or water play, and impromptu midday dining al fresco in the finer Austin weather.
This is why, when you visit the Austin Children’s Academy (ACA), you’ll see active, happy children enjoying themselves in large, open-plan classrooms or in our outdoor areas. Play is very serious business for your child and we promote it as much as we can. Happy in their exploration of our well-crafted, Montessori-designed toys and educational materials, and eager to engage in group activities with teachers they respect, they advance swiftly to the next level of development as they embrace a lifelong love of learning.
Check out some of the core goals we strive for in each program:
Infants: three months to eighteen months of age
In our program for infants and young toddlers, we focus first on developing trust between each child and the caregivers by our attentive response to their physical and emotional needs. Infants and toddlers who feel confident, comfortable, and well-loved within a new environment will then be eager to explore the wonders of the colorful, well-crafted toys available for play and learning. The many education goals include language development, basic counting skills, gross motor skills, sensory exploration, as well as increasing self-care and independence.
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Toddlers: eighteen months to three years of age
Toddlers during this period of time experience explosive cognitive and physical growth. We strive to help them develop language skills, small and gross motor skills, social development, independence, basic mathematical skills, word recognition, increasing practical skills, as well as curiosity about the greater cultural and scientific world they live in.
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Primary: three years to six years of age
One of the hallmarks of a Montessori school is the family-like environment that includes children of a three-year age span. Since every child reaches developmental milestones at a different rate, this allows our Montessori-certified teachers to guide children to the kindergarten level without the pressure of having to push them to a certain milestone within strict age requirements. Older children are encouraged to act as mentors and role models to the younger children. The younger children build confidence and self-esteem as they eventually step into that role.
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Kindergarten is a crucial academic year, preparing the child not just for the rigors of grade school to come, but for an entire lifetime of learning. A child who enters first grade adeptly socialized, unafraid to tackle new challenges, eager to learn new things, and secure in his or her own ability to figure things out is likely to do well not just in school but also in life. Our goal in the private kindergarten is to make sure your child has reached and exceeded appropriate milestones in language arts, reading, basic science and biology, geography, and basic mathematics. We value just as highly the intangible skills of self-reliance, social adroitness, and self-confidence.
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After School Program
Our after-school program isn’t just for the children currently in our school. We also have a transportation system for students of other schools who want to take advantage of our exceptional program. The goal of the after school program is to offer your child free play as well as enrichment activities in cooking, dance, gymnastic, and art. Our Montessori-certified teachers are also available during tutoring hour for homework help.
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Learning shouldn’t stop for the summer, which is why here at ACA we offer multiple one-week summer camp programs to keep your child happy and engaged while expanding their minds. Programs include coding camps, puppet-making, archeology, garden adventures, puzzles & brain teasers, food, painting, clothing design, and much more.
Whether you’re considering child care for your infant or a kindergarten for your growing child, we encourage you to call to make an appointment to tour our facilities. If the school is in session, you may observe behind glass an active classroom to see exactly how our Montessori-certified teachers handle a room full of kids. All your questions and concerns will be answered by our lead teacher. We believe that communication is king when considering any school, and what is best for you and your child’s education.
In the meantime, learn more about the specific programs of the Austin Children’s Academy by selecting an icon above. We’re sure that the more you know about our programs and educational philosophy, the more confidence you’ll have in selecting our school to be your child’s educational home-away-from-home.