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Open Door School (central)

1717 west 10th
Austin, TX 78703

Phone:
(512) 477-9632

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our program is formulated to meet the unique needs of each child to develop a healthy self-esteem and to improve needed skills. The curriculum is designed to enrich the horizons and coping skills of the children. In addition to free play which helps develop spontaneity, creativity and the ability to make choices, the children are encouraged in developing self-help skills and social responsibility for their classmates.

During the day the children have the opportunity for creative activities such as art and creative movement, fine motor activities which help the children learn the skills necessary to eventually learn to write, language development activities, discovery activities which help teach about nature and the world around us, gross motor activities to develop healthy bodies, building with many types of blocks and other manipulative toys to help develop beginning math concepts, and cognitive activities to help develop age-appropriate concept development.

The Open Door believes that children's natural curiosity and playfulness should be encouraged while helping the children learn to be responsible members of society. We want the children to have fun while learning and learn while having fun. Positive guidance techniques are used to help the children interact appropriately with each other. These methods further the children's feelings of success and thus enhance their self-esteem."

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school