In light of the most recent surge of COVID cases in the Austin area, Julia’s Garden has chosen a remote learning platform for the 2020/2021 school year. We had expected to offer in-person classes, but the risk of exposure is far too great and we feel it is irresponsible to open our campus to young children who cannot effectively social distance. Austin is on the brink of a Stage 5 lockdown that would force non-essential businesses to close and eliminate all social gatherings. Opening any business right now is risky; opening a campus that serves young children for several hours a day seems a nearly impossible feat. The United States has risen to one of the 4 most affected areas in the world and at the end of June Mayor Adler stated that Austin shows “the highest rate of positive coronavirus tests of any metro area in the nation.” To add fuel to the fire, experts believe any improvement for our county is a long way off.
In response to this, we are pivoting our program to support families at home this school year.
Our remote learning model is structured to encourage community building and supported presence for parents during a time when we are forced to be divided geographically. You can read more about the structure of our fall curriculum the below link. As Montessorians, we see it as our mission to assume the role of a facilitator of relationships between parent and child, as well as educators that hold space for community members to unite. We will provide resources and educational tools for families to use while their children are at home, helping parents set a foundation for enriched learning along with an expectation of day to day normalcy. This platform can be paired with other programs and/or in-home childcare. We believe this program will be especially helpful during unexpected windows when children will be home during the school year. The unfortunate reality is that regardless of the school or care option a family chooses, it runs the risk of being inconsistent.
This is not our ideal by any means but we have had to come to terms with the state of the world around us. We hope you will join our community remotely this fall, please email Meagan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how the program for the upcoming school year.
The Infant Community, or IC, serves our youngest community members. Parents may choose a 2 day/week schedule at this level. The IC is an AMI Montessori program that serves children who are walking well through age 3. These children enjoy daily practices of cooking, music, movement, fine motor manipulatives, time in the garden and caring for our chickens, self-care -- including independent toileting -- care of environment and socialization skills. Learning to be with others by taking turns, and learning how to be a person in their world, is the great work of the toddler. Foundational practices like these learned from birth to 3 are the building blocks of the construction of man, a key part to our mission and vision of world peace. A Spanish immersion experience is offered as an option at this level.
PRIMARY (Preschool - Kindergarden)
Our Primary classroom is an AMI Montessori program that serves children who have cognitively and/or socially outgrown the I.C. environment and are ready for something more. It sets students up for success by continuing to offer the practical life exercises they loved in the I.C. while also adding elements of academia. Primary children utilize skills of concentration to master foundational skills in literacy, mathematics, geography, language arts, handwriting, storytelling, geometry and science. Spanish and Mandarin are offered weekly in the Primary classroom.
Our Elementary Program provides a high-fidelity educational curriculum from K1 - Grade 5. The project-based learning style adopted from the Scottish school system meets or exceeds the Texas educational standards for K-12 (TEKS)*. This program is praised by professionals in both the private and public sectors for its multi-grade level child-centered approach that provides on-campus resources --like wellness counseling and tutoring services -- to children during class hours when they need it most. Spanish and Mandarin are offered weekly.
*ICARE accreditation awarded, TAAPS accreditation pending, Spring 2020