Sunday, April 10, 2016

Gratitude School is Opening in Boerne in September, 2016

Gratitude School
A school for children and families

Welcome!  We are so excited you have decided to visit our blog to learn more about Gratitude School.

Gratitude School is a small, private school based on the philosophy that students learn best in a gentle, respectful teaching and learning environment, offering a wide variety of hands-on activities, and inviting classrooms and outdoor spaces filled with an abundance of natural learning materials.  We are dedicated to the principle that we are to love and serve our neighbors, conduct ourselves with kindness, honesty and courage, and always, always be thankful for life's blessings.

We recognize that parents are the first and most important teachers in any child's life, and we will collaborate with each family to foster your child's educational and emotional growth.  The teachers at Gratitude recognize the individuality of each student we serve, understanding that every person learns at his own pace and in her own way.  For that reason, we will offer a developmentally-appropriate, constructivist curriculum, and engage our students through inquiry-based learning and student-driven projects. 

What does all of that mean?  It means our students will get dirty.  It means our students will invent games, build with wood and tools, work in the garden, tinker, paint, memorize poems, act in story plays and sing songs.  It means our students will be excited about their learning, and empowered to offer suggestions for what to learn next.  We take our academics seriously, but we also understand that students learn best through doing, and keeping students motivated is the key to nurturing a lifelong love of learning. 

We will be covering a full-spectrum curriculum on a part-time schedule, so that families still have the opportunity to pursue meaningful activities together outside of school time, without the pressure of home-schooling or the exhaustion of the typical 5-day school schedule.  We will also be arranging occasional Friday outings to which all students are invited (such as the Botanical Gardens in San Antonio, Joshua Springs Park in Boerne, or a wide variety of other local spots) to expand our learning beyond the classroom.  We will coordinate with school families and caregivers to ensure that all children will have transportation and be able to attend even if a parent cannot.

Gratitude School will be enrolling students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade in our initial year.  Our schedule will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Our doors will be open from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to help accommodate working families and allow the children more freedom and play time during the school day.

Gratitude is opening in September, 2016 at St. John's Anglican Church, 7 Sisterdale Road, in Boerne.  St. John's brand-new education building (behind the church sanctuary and next to the parish hall) is the home for our new school.  We cannot wait to get started in this wonderful space!

Please read on to find out more about our program.  We look forward to meeting you!

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