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2018: The Future is Wide Open

Dear Parents & Friends,

The Boys’ School of Austin Board of Trustees has elected to postpone BSA’s opening to fall 2018 to ensure that we can provide the best experience for our students.

No doubt, the delay is a disappointment for all of us who believe in expanding educational options for Austin’s boys and in the unique potential of The Boys’ School. We’ve been excited about our site selection in central Austin and the outstanding teachers we built relationships with this spring. We’ve been energized by the momentum of parent info sessions, social media shares, and our conversations with so many of you about your hopes and dreams for your sons, your desire for a learning environment that fully reflects them.

The potential is great. The future is wide open. And we’re as passionate as ever about our mission:

To provide a dynamic, diverse, creative education that meets the unique learning
needs of boys, in an environment that nurtures and challenges each student to
reach his highest potential.

What next?
To open our doors in fall 2018, WE NEED YOU.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to connect with us, that time is now!

If you’ve been on the fence about joining this new community, we warmly invite you to come build and shape it!

If you haven’t yet shared The Boys’ School of Austin with your friends and neighbors, your child’s preschool, your faith community, your online networks, please do!

We will begin holding our Parent Information sessions twice a month in our new space at 5206 Balcones Dr in the basement of Highland Park Baptist Church. Dates will be announced soon.

Together we can build the vibrant, thriving learning community we want for Austin’s boys.

Learn more at http://www.theboysschoolofaustin.org.

Sincerely,
Amy Degner
Founder & Board Chair
The Boys’ School of Austin

The Boys’ School of Austin: Where Boys Can Be Themselves

by Amy Degner
Co-founder, The Boys’ School of Austin

It’s an exciting time to develop a new school, and a particularly exciting time to develop a new school for boys. When co-founder Frances Ramberg and I took the plunge and began the journey toward opening The Boys’ School of Austin, it was largely because we were inspired by the outstanding options available to our daughters in Austin – and motivated to create the same kinds of options for our sons.

BSA is one of only two all-boys campuses in Austin. We are the city’s only all-boys elementary school, and the only private school for boys. And we’re passionate about the potential of single-gender education for boys. This focus – combined with our challenging, hands-on curriculum and the small size of our engaged, supportive community – contributes to a unique culture in which every boy can be himself, can lead and collaborate, explore and excel, flourish and thrive.


What’s so special about an all-boys school? It’s an important space in the education landscape. Extensive research, both quantitative and qualitative, supports the positive impact of single-gender education. Among the potential benefits of single-gender schooling for boys:

 

  • Increased academic achievement
  • Greater faculty and staff sensitivity to gender differences in learning and maturation
  • Improved equity in curriculum
  • Greater exposure to positive male role models
  • Opportunities to play many different roles in classroom and campus life, including leadership roles
  • Freedom to pursue a diverse range of academic and extracurricular activities without the constraints of gender stereotypes, and
  • Better peer interactions.

At the Boys’ School of Austin, we recognize that each boy is an individual with unique needs, and that many boys can thrive in any number of different of learning environments. We also know that families have many options as they select a school. We’re proud to expand that list of options for Austin families, adding to the richness of Austin’s education community. And we’re proud to develop a school in which each boy is supported for who he is, each nurtured and encouraged on his own path to success. Great things are ahead!
We hope you’ll connect with us, and get involved!

Harnessing The Energy: The Boys’ School of Austin on the Move

by Amy Degner
Co-founder, The Boys’ School of Austin

At the Boys’ School of Austin, we are building a community that meets the unique needs of boys and supports each student in discovering the joy of learning.

One of the ways we’re achieving this: By embracing active, kinesthetic learning that engages the whole child. We’re dedicated to a rich curriculum that blends traditional and progressive approaches, where boys learn through movement and exploration, by doing, making, inventing, and creating.

What does this look like? Just a few examples:

  • Experiential, hands-on approaches to learning across core subjects, including the use of manipulatives, active games, theater/performance, project-based and community-based learning, and other activities that encourage and embrace physical movement in the learning process.

  • Coursework in “shop” (industrial arts), SET (science, engineering, technology), studio art, and music.

  • Multiple P.E. classes weekly, using a holistic approach to promote motor skills development, health, wellness, teamwork, and social-emotional development.

  • A strong outdoor learning component across the curriculum across subject areas.

  • Plentiful recess each day, with all of the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits it provides.

A significant and growing body of evidence from research and practice inform this approach. We know that students benefit enormously from purposeful play time and outdoor education. We understand the central role of movement in learning – as well as its particular importance for many boys. And we embrace the learning-by-doing approach that comes so naturally to children. We’re looking at from the “maker movement” in education and exploring the potential of maker-focused learning.

The Boys’ School of Austin is harnessing the energy of our students to cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving, social connectedness, emotional awareness, courage and leadership, empathy and engagement as they learn and grow. We hope you’ll connect with us, and get involved!

Welcome to The Boys’ School of Austin

by Amy Degner
Co-founder, The Boys’ School of Austin

The Boys’ School of Austin started with a wish and a conversation. 

Along with my co-founder Frances Ramberg and many other Austin parents, I have been inspired by the local single-sex education opportunities available to our daughters, and I want the same options for our sons. As this journey has evolved beyond a wish and a conversation, I’m continually grateful for this unique and growing community of families and educators who are passionate about a dynamic, diverse, creative education that meets the unique learning needs of boys, in an environment that nurtures and challenges each student to reach his highest potential.

The active, official development of The Boys’ School of Austin as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization began in 2014, and we are thrilled to announce that we will open for the 2017-2018 school year with kindergarten through third grade. Our plan includes adding one to two new grades each year, ultimately culminating in a K-8 campus.

This is something special. The Boys’ School of Austin is one of only two all-boys schools in Austin, the city’s only all-boys elementary school, and the only private school for boys.

This single-gender focus – combined with our challenging, hands-on curriculum and the small size of our engaged, supportive community – will contribute to a school culture in which every student can be his best self, can lead and collaborate, explore and excel, flourish and thrive. At the Boys’ School of Austin, boys will learn by doing, making, inventing, and building, in a rich curriculum that blends traditional and progressive approaches, rigorous academics and purposeful play.

Welcome to our new website! I invite you to learn more about us, to connect with us, and to get involved. We’re excited about the bright future ahead, and look forward to sharing it with you.