AABC is a micro-school and as such, we will have no more than 25 students in each of our studios - Sparks, Elementary, Middle-school.
In each studio the students are learning in mixed-age groups; Sparks are K-1, Elementary are 1-4 grade.
This model allows more personal growth and group-shaping advantages, such as creating leadership opportunities, improving social skills, developing an intimate community, helping friendships to form and encouraging the spirit of cooperation and caring.
Elements in our studio daily life
The students learn Reading, Writing, and Math via online platforms like Khan Academy, Lexia, and DreamBox. Those platforms enable students to progress at their own pace and master all the skills.
Hands-on projects in science, entrepreneurship and various art domains prepare the students for real-world challenges. In a Quest, which usually takes few weeks, we take practical challenges from our daily life and package them into personal and group activities. In each Quest, we integrate different learning subjects, and the learning is by ‘doing’ and not by listening or memorizing.
Mindfulness and Nature
We integrate daily meditation into the schedule and we practice Yoga at least once a week. We feel it is important that the students spend significant time in nature as part of the weekly schedule and that will occur through outdoor lessons, activities, and trips all year long.
Critical thinking, debating, raising questions and doubts are developed through discussions about important people, historical events, civilization and social case-studies. The ability to listen, think and contribute to a discussion is extremely important alongside the understanding that in many cases there is not only black and white but a lot of gray too.
Volunteering and Giving Back to the Community
We live in a community and we are taking active part in it. We go outside, meet our neighbors, help keep our parks and woods clean and we volunteer in as many places and activities as we can. We believe that giving back to our community is a privilege and a great opportunity for our students to connect with the real world.
At AABC, we work hard to promote a Growth Mindset over fixed mindset or any type of “victim mode”.
Students with a Growth Mindset believe trial and error, rapid experimentation and perseverance, are the keys to success.
We believe that failure is an essential part of any success, there for we create a culture where failure is a natural part of the learning process.