Back to Austin Preschools

Crenshaw Athletic Club

5000 Fairview Drive
Austin, TX 78731

Phone:
(512) 453-5551

Website:

4 parents took the survey TAKE THE SURVEY

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Parents, did you know that Palaestra is one of the longest running preschool programs in Austin? The beginning dates back to the early 70’s. Over the years, the program has maintained it’s unique qualities while adding new and exciting areas. Without a doubt, Palaestra will prepare your children for their Kindergarten experience. Palaestra’s success is partly due to the program’s flexibility in meeting the changing needs of the community. Recently, rooms have been enlarged, providing more comfortable playing and teaching areas. A computer lab has proved to be a great addition to enhance our existing academics program. Your child will be well prepared academically, socially and physically. A winning combination

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Student-Teacher Ratio

Three year old classes are limited to ten children for each teacher, while the four and five year olds may reach twelve. For swimming, an additional teacher is added which will reduce the ratio by half. During the summer program, a helper will be added to most of the groups to help give the children additional assistance. These extremely low ratios are just one of the reasons the program is so successful.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Parents, did you know that Palaestra is one of the longest running preschool programs in Austin? The beginning dates back to the early 70’s. Over the years, the program has maintained it’s unique qualities while adding new and exciting areas. Without a doubt, Palaestra will prepare your children for their Kindergarten experience. Palaestra’s success is partly due to the program’s flexibility in meeting the changing needs of the community. Recently, rooms have been enlarged, providing more comfortable playing and teaching areas. A computer lab has proved to be a great addition to enhance our existing academics program. Your child will be well prepared academically, socially and physically. A winning combination.

Crenshaws is located in Northwest Austin off of Balcones Drive. This state of the art training facility is home for many different activities for children and adults. The indoor heated pool was built with teaching in mind. The shallow end is a mere 18 inches deep. The 12,000 square foot gymnasium is equipped with both full size and scaled down gymnastic apparatus. All of the trampolines are ground level in ensure the utmost in trampoline safety. There is a special arts & crafts room, computer lab academic area and a special room for creative play.

A Typical Day

Event Schedule
Early Drop-off 7:30 a.m.
Regular Arrival 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Swimming Instruction 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Creative Play 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Academics 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Mid-morning Snack 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Arts & Crafts 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Gymnastics Instruction 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Special Activities 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Instruction Ends 11:45 a.m.
Pick up children by: 12:00 noon
Pick up Lunch Bunch children by: 2:30 p.m

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Visitation

We welcome parents to come and observe anytime. Parents are asked to be aware if their presence is disrupting or distracting to the child. Parents are always asked to first check in with the office.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school