AABC’s "Sparks" studio is dedicated to guiding children ages 5-8 along their path of development.
This studio provides a nurturing and stimulating space designed just for young learners who are stepping forward into their own independence.
The learning environment provides the freedom to explore and play while allowing learners’ curiosity to be the spark that ignites learning. Along the way, Sparks learners also develop vital character traits and social skills like kindness, empathy, honesty, critical thinking, the satisfaction of performing hard work, responsibility, and joy in learning.
Inspired by Montessori principles and Socratic teaching methods, our Sparks Studio is a holistic environment that aims to stimulate children's minds, spirits, and bodies as they figure out the world around them and their place in it.
"Discovery" studio is a community where children ages 8-11 embark on a journey to discover their calling to change the world. In this studio, learners discover the arts, sciences, history, and the natural world around them through hands-on projects.
Simulations require teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity. Through Socratic discussions, learners are encouraged to explore questions such as, “Who am I? Where do I find fulfillment? Where am I going? How do my passions and talents connect with the world around me?”
This studio is primarily led by the learners with age-appropriate freedoms being provided, within reason. Students are responsible for setting their own goals, tracking their learning progress, navigating new relationships, and reflecting upon their experiences. Guides provide guidance and support but do not "teach."
A learner's skills in reading, math, goal setting, and socializing are taken into consideration for entrance to this studio.
As young people grow into adolescence, their potential to impact the world around them multiplies.
The Journey Studio offers its learners a higher level of freedom as well as a safe place to test their limits and to “fail early, fail often, and fail forward.”
Journey learners tackle peer-to-peer quests and forge their character by immersing themselves in exceptional day-to-day adventures.
Learners in this studio begin to engage more directly with the real world, experiencing the thrill of new opportunities as well as the responsibilities that come along with those. For example, each year Journey learners partake in an apprenticeship with a hero of their choice within the community. Through this exciting experience, they begin to have real-world clients and develop their 21st Century skills to a new degree of rigor.
Socratic discussions also take on a new level of maturity.