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Welcome


"There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. Its knack lies in learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss. ... Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that presents the difficulties." - Douglas Adams

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Welcome


"There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. Its knack lies in learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss. ... Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that presents the difficulties." - Douglas Adams


Welcome to The Emergent school, education re-imagined for the 21st century.



About


"Our experience with personalized learning, internet access, and community education and health has shaped our philosophy. Our generation grew up in classrooms where we all learned the same things at the same pace regardless of our interests or needs. [The current] generation will set goals for what [they] want to become -- like an engineer, health worker, writer or community leader. [They'll] have technology that understands how [they] learn best and where [they] need to focus. [They should] advance quickly in subjects that interest [them] most, and get as much help as [they will] need in [more] challenging areas. [They'll] explore topics that aren't even offered in schools today. [Next generation] teachers will also have better tools and data to help [students] achieve [their individual journey] goals. Of course it will take more than technology to give everyone a fair start in life, but personalized learning can be one scalable way to give all children a better education and more equal opportunity."

- Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook.com)

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About


"Our experience with personalized learning, internet access, and community education and health has shaped our philosophy. Our generation grew up in classrooms where we all learned the same things at the same pace regardless of our interests or needs. [The current] generation will set goals for what [they] want to become -- like an engineer, health worker, writer or community leader. [They'll] have technology that understands how [they] learn best and where [they] need to focus. [They should] advance quickly in subjects that interest [them] most, and get as much help as [they will] need in [more] challenging areas. [They'll] explore topics that aren't even offered in schools today. [Next generation] teachers will also have better tools and data to help [students] achieve [their individual journey] goals. Of course it will take more than technology to give everyone a fair start in life, but personalized learning can be one scalable way to give all children a better education and more equal opportunity."

- Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook.com)

ABOUT the emergent school


Our Mission

The Emergent School mission is to inspire each child who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.


Educational Assumptions To Discuss as Parents:

  • Failure is okay and operates as a great teacher.
  • Rote memorization is worthless in the age of Google and Wikipedia.
  • More homework makes better students.
  • Order should trump curiosity in a classroom setting.
  • Innovation [in education] is great, but we educate children just fine already.
  • College no longer prepares students for future success.
  • A lifelong calling can be discovered in youth.
  • What is the true role of a teacher?

What it takes to succeed at THE Emergent SCHOOL (student created list):

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Make and keep commitments
  • Grit, perseverance
  • Independent learner
  • Commitment to success
  • Change the world
  • Fail and get back up
  • Follow our dreams
  • Fail early and often
  • Learn to Be
  • Discovering my hero's journey
  • Doing your best

Our Educational Philosophy

Every student at The Emergent School believes they are on a Hero’s Journey for a special calling.  A belief in one's own personal Hero's Journey provides Emergent students with a purpose for being and a motivation to continue through setbacks and failures.  Acton guides equip students with self-awareness, strategies to accomplish goals, and accountability, but only the individual can deliver the passion, grit, and execution needed to change the world . . . (oh yeah, and there is some math involved as well.)

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Curriculum


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Curriculum



Our Curriculum

Our modern-day Montessori approach to Core Skills (reading, writing, math, etc.), Collaborative Learning workshops, and Socratic discussion methods help students not only learn to know, but also develop a burgeoning sense of who they are meant to be.

Life Skills Concentrations at The Emergent School :

  • Discovering intrinsic motivation
  • Project management (the ability to execute on a project with no clear instruction)
  • Socratic thought (the art of deep understanding)
  • Lateral Thinking (uncovering creativity)
  • Social fluidity (the ability to collaborate successfully in diverse groups)
  • Independent reading (finding the love to read)
  • Executive communications (creative writing + public speaking)
  • Entrepreneurship and financial literacy (case studies adapted from the Acton MBA program)
  • Who am I (finding your hero's journey)

TED: Ideas worth spreading

We have partnered with TED to support our Acton students (from the earliest age) in developing presentation and public speaking skills, so that their ideas can be more easily seen, understood, shared and acted upon.  Our goal is to create problem solvers, critical thinkers and innovators that have the ability to communicate their passions and ideas confidently in large group settings.

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Blog


"We learn what we can be and work to be with nothing holding us back.  We work hard, we play hard, fail hard, get back up and learn from it.  We learn how to start businesses and succeed in the real world, and we learn to be ourselves."  
- Deuce (student)

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"We learn what we can be and work to be with nothing holding us back.  We work hard, we play hard, fail hard, get back up and learn from it.  We learn how to start businesses and succeed in the real world, and we learn to be ourselves."  
- Deuce (student)

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Contact & Location


"I would agree that learning is a natural act if we are talking about the kind of learning that happens in a healthy relationship between a mother and her baby or between two people getting to know each other. But schooling is not a natural act. Quite the contrary: The institution of School, with its daily lesson plans, fixed curriculum, standardized tests, and other such paraphernalia tends constantly to reduce learning to a series of technical acts and the teacher to the role of a technician. Of course, it never fully succeeds, for teachers resist the role of technician and bring warm, natural human relationships into their classrooms. But what is important for thinking about the potential for megachange is that this situation places the teacher in a state of tension between two poles: School tries to make the teacher into a technician; in most cases a sense of self resists, though in many the teacher will have internalized School’s concept of teaching. Each teacher is therefore somewhere along the continuum between technician and what I dare call a true teacher."  -Seymour Papert

 

 

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Contact & Location


"I would agree that learning is a natural act if we are talking about the kind of learning that happens in a healthy relationship between a mother and her baby or between two people getting to know each other. But schooling is not a natural act. Quite the contrary: The institution of School, with its daily lesson plans, fixed curriculum, standardized tests, and other such paraphernalia tends constantly to reduce learning to a series of technical acts and the teacher to the role of a technician. Of course, it never fully succeeds, for teachers resist the role of technician and bring warm, natural human relationships into their classrooms. But what is important for thinking about the potential for megachange is that this situation places the teacher in a state of tension between two poles: School tries to make the teacher into a technician; in most cases a sense of self resists, though in many the teacher will have internalized School’s concept of teaching. Each teacher is therefore somewhere along the continuum between technician and what I dare call a true teacher."  -Seymour Papert

 

 

 

Southwest Austin, TX Campus

CURRENT LOCATION:

The Emergent School

10821 West Hwy 71
Austin, TX 78735

512 709 7000 (for quickest response please email)


Inquiries

Brian Holtz
Master Guide + Head of School
leadership@emergentschool.com

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All other questions, please use the form on the right.