The Boys’ School Approach
The Boys’ School offers a dynamic, diverse, creative curriculum that meets the unique learning needs of boys, in an environment that nurtures and challenges each student to reach his highest potential.
Our approach values a diverse community, male role models on the faculty and administration, a strong outdoor and movement-based component, community service, and a vertical mentoring program (Big Brother/Little Brother cohorts).
We open our doors to students in grades K-4 in fall 2018, with plans to add one to two grades per year each year thereafter, ultimately culminating in a K-8 lower and middle school. Our commitment to small class size and one class per grade allows The Boys’ School to prioritize individual attention and building a strong community.
Our Core Curriculum
The Boys’ School curriculum is designed to be challenging and dynamic, pairing traditional fundamentals with specials that spark invention and creativity, in a setting that recognizes the importance of movement, exploration, and outdoor learning.
Our core curriculum includes:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Physical Education & Health
- Studio Art
- S.E.T. (Science Engineering Technology)
- Social-Emotional Learning
- Shop (Industrial Arts)
Language arts at The Boys’ School of Austin builds skills and promotes confidence and joy in reading, writing, and communication. Through a combination of individual, partnered, and small group work, the interdisciplinary curriculum incorporates all genres of literature, the teaching and regular practice of spelling and grammar skills, and print writing emphasizing form and function as a foundation for the progression to cursive writing.
Language arts programs used in our curriculum include The Daily Five, Zoo Phonics, Handwriting Without Tears, Writer’s Workshop, Sitton Spelling, Wordly Wise, and Junior Great Books.
As with all curriculum at The Boys’ School of Austin, math is active and hands-on. We use manipulatives, games, practical applications, and interdisciplinary projects to teach and practice mathematical problem-solving, combining individual, partnered, and small group work.
Boys’ School of Austin teachers draw from the strengths of multiple programs in our math curriculum, using materials from University of Chicago’s Everyday Math, Singapore Math, Saxon, and others.
At the third grade level, students begin to participate in competitions like Math Pentathlon and Math Olympiad. As the school grows and expands through grade eight, students will be on track to add the American Mathematical Competition (AMC-8) by sixth or seventh grade, with a standard progression leading to Algebra I by eighth grade and advancement for exceptionally motivated students who have demonstrated mastery.
Science curriculum at The Boys’ School of Austin harnesses students’ innate curiosity and energy for exploration. Through interdisciplinary, hands-on activities in biology, physical science, and earth science, boys interact with material that sparks the joy of scientific inquiry and develops research skills supporting achievement across academic disciplines.
Kindergarten students undertake an age-appropriate research project and practice displaying and presenting their work to the campus community. Beginning in first grade, students participate in a campus Science Fair, paving the way toward a future middle school science program that provides in-depth of study of disciplines including earth science, astronomy, physics, biology, and field studies.
Our interdisciplinary social studies curriculum fosters each student’s meaningful understanding of society, culture, and community – from their immediate community to the global community, using active and creative activities including field trips, drama and storytelling, art projects, music, and opportunities for group work.
As boys progress through the lower grades, social studies curriculum becomes increasingly integrated with studies of language arts and literature, history, and science.
Twice-weekly Spanish classes in the lower grades build a foundation for a Spanish program that will ultimately expand to daily lessons in seventh and eighth grades, preparing graduating Boy’s School students for Spanish III in ninth grade.
Students explore Spanish language and culture through active, hands-on activities including games, music, dramatic play and storytelling, field trips, and art projects. By grade three, boys begin developing their sentence-level reading and writing skills in Spanish, while continuing to advance their oral and conversational Spanish. Starting in grade two, students have the opportunity to compete in the annual University of Texas Spanish Poetry Declamation Contest.
Physical Education & Health
Students at The Boys’ School of Austin are always on the move! Daily outdoor play combined with a daily P.E. practice helps to satisfy students’ need for regular movement opportunities and creates a climate in which boys benefit academically, socially, and emotionally. Our holistic approach to physical education and health curriculum address the needs of the whole child, body and mind.
Physical education incorporates a wide range of active play and fitness, including sports skills (such as volleying, throwing, catching, dribbling, shooting), muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular strength, flexibility, and rhythm. Our P.E. curriculum uses games, team and individual sports, yoga, and creative movement to keep movement fun, interesting, and accessible to all.
Comprehensive health curriculum, integrated into physical education, prepares students to make healthy choices at every age. We use age-appropriate resources to share information and foster open communication on topics of growth and development; nutrition; exercise; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; body image; personal skills and healthy relationships; and cultural influences.
Art at The Boys’ School of Austin is about active exploration of materials and media, as well as developing a creative space for self-expression. Boys study drawing, painting, pastels, pen & ink, printmaking, clay, and multimedia in historical context through great works of notable artists, and with attention to developing technical skills and mechanics.
Students create original art around themed units, with opportunities to present their work to both the campus and to the broader community through local/regional/national competitions, formal and informal school and public exhibits, and participation in charitable events.
At The Boys’ School of Austin, every student is a musician. Beginning in kindergarten, our curriculum uses hands-on, active participation to develop music literacy and to foster a lifelong enjoyment of music in its many forms.
Boys’ School students will study a variety of instruments (violin, piano, drum and/or guitar are possible options). Through a combination of large group, small group, and 1:1 instruction, the music program meets each boy at his individual skill level and charts a course of study attuned to individual needs. The music program also integrates programming into interdisciplinary activities in grade-level classrooms.
S.E.T. (Science, Engineering, Technology)
Our S.E.T. program is engaging, inquiry-based, fun, and utterly hands-on, focusing on teaching integrated applications of science, engineering, robotics, and technology.
By exploring questions using the principles of scientific method and using technology to design and build solutions to problems, S.E.T. students learn concepts like mechanics, electricity, energy, forces, and structural elements. The learning happens in action, as our young engineers construct machines, devices, and structures. Technology curriculum provides a foundation for skills in programming, digital media, and web design, teaching concepts like program logic flow, loops, structures, and object-oriented concepts. Through the use of diverse tools and programs, students have the opportunity to create games, graphics, sound, animation, websites, video, and more.
All Boys’ School students participate in a range of EQ (Emotional Intelligence) activities throughout the school year, using role-playing and other age-appropriate activities to explore issues like self-awareness, friendship, expressing and managing emotions, respect, responsibility, integrity, and self-care. In a nurturing and accepting environment, students practice applying these issues to themselves and their community. These themes are reflected in the conversations and activities of our daily classroom activities and campus-wide Community Meetings, as well as in our peer mentoring (Big/Little Brother) program.
Shop (Industrial Arts)
Shop will be in development during The Boys’ School of Austin’s inaugural year, as we integrate small projects into the broader curriculum and plan toward a full program.
Why are we excited about the future of this component for our students? Shop, also known as industrial arts, engages boys as doers, makers, and builders. Through developmentally-appropriate tinkering projects and fabrication of objects in wood, metal, and other materials, students learn to design and create toward function and problem-solving. By working individually and together in groups, students explore the challenges involved in working with materials and managing small-scale building projects.