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Elsass Academy (Bee Cave)

4015 Bee Caves Rd
Austin, TX 78746

Phone:
(512) 327-0888

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Allowing children to grow and develop in a nurturing environment is one of the primary goals of our preschool program. By creating an atmosphere where children are free to explore their interests and develop their strengths, both physically and mentally, the children will be well prepared when the time comes to go to kindergarten. Listening skills, social interaction, participating in group instruction, enhancing motor skills and balance are just a few of the areas which our staff will concentrate on developing. Children rotate through several classrooms in the mornings with their homeroom group and participate in the following learning environments: Creative Play, Art, Math, Science, Reading & Language Readiness and Gym. Afternoons are a little more self-directed. Children wake up, snack, have ample outside playtime on our gorgeous oak covered playscape and then are allowed to explore the various learning centers or projects that are set up in their homerooms by their afternoon teachers. Our preschoolers also enjoy weekly trips to Crenshaw Athletic Club to participate in gymnastics! During the summer, gym is replaced with daily swim lessons and free swim in our beautiful pool at the Westlake facility

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Allowing children to grow and develop in a nurturing environment is one of the primary goals of our preschool program. By creating an atmosphere where children are free to explore their interests and develop their strengths, both physically and mentally, the children will be well prepared when the time comes to go to kindergarten. Listening skills, social interaction, participating in group instruction, enhancing motor skills and balance are just a few of the areas which our staff will concentrate on developing. Children rotate through several classrooms in the mornings with their homeroom group and participate in the following learning environments: Creative Play, Art, Math, Science, Reading & Language Readiness and Gym. Afternoons are a little more self-directed. Children wake up, snack, have ample outside playtime on our gorgeous oak covered playscape and then are allowed to explore the various learning centers or projects that are set up in their homerooms by their afternoon teachers.
Our preschoolers also enjoy weekly trips to Crenshaw Athletic Club to participate in gymnastics! During the summer, gym is replaced with daily swim lessons and free swim in our beautiful pool at the Westlake facility.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Involvement
Throughout the year, there are numerous occasions for you to become involved with your child's activities. The Director and Staff are dedicated to the best school for your child. Comments and criticisms are welcomed. Parents who work with the program are the most valuable asset we have!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

First Days at School
The first days in preschool can be difficult for both parents and children. We like to handle it as carefully as possible to get the child off to a positive start. If you are not convinced that this will be a wonderful time for your child, then your child will not be either.
1) You are welcome to stay as long as possible. We encourage this.
2) When it is time for you to leave, say your goodbyes and leave without hesitation, as this will make it easier for the child.
3) Please feel free to call during the day and receive progress reports on your child's.