Posted August 17, 2011
The Khabele School is a dream come true. We've created a place where students, parents, staff and administration really do live by our mission for the whole community to fall in love with learning and realize the innate talent and ability inside ourselves. The integrity with which we adhere to our overarching purpose creates impressive results: SAT scores 25% higher than average, 80% AP pass rates, and 100% of students applying to universities getting selected by 2 of their top 5 choices. We utilize a dynamic educational model that integrates the strengths of traditional and holistic education. For example, all classes utilize daily mindfulness practices. Innovative technology and software are integrated into the school's culture. Teachers use lectures, grades, and standardized tests, alongside Socratic seminars and student feedback to facilitate the highest level of learning in each class. There is considerable importance placed on learning through applying knowledge to projects and engaging the surrounding community. Every year we give students what I think is the best possible education they can receive, and yet every year we manage to top ourselves.
My daughter's need for academic challenges have been met through classes in which students are encouraged to think, particiapte, debate, and be involved instead of just regurgitate memorized facts. She has continued to participate in extracurricular sports, and has added leadership activities. The school is focused on being high-quality and on engaging students in their learning. Responsibility for self is a focus, and is another reason why Khabele appealed to me as a parent. Students getting ready to be away from home at college should have some practice self-monitoring in high school. Any violations of the code of conduct result in reasonable decisions that are dependent upon the severity of the violation. As an educator myself, I think Khabele has excellent leadership, an appealing vision, strong teachers, and a supportive community. It earns an A+.
The Khabele School is a great school for our middle school son. We were looking for an environment where he learned to love school and learning (again), where he was known individually by the teachers and students, and where he would be with both older and younger kids from diverse backgrounds. Khabele has met all of these expectations, plus provided a community where we talk about the kids current and future paths. What and how should they be learning, how to deal with conflict in a healthy, realistic way, and how to make everything relevant, not 'boring.' Sometimes I'm not sure if he's learning 'enough' compared to public schools, with their emphasis on busy work and memorization, but I do know he is learning 'how to learn' and stay curious in the learning process. I believe that discipline will serve him well throughout his life.
We were lucky to find Khabele early on and enroll our daughter in 6th grade. She's a bright, curious, enthusiastic learner and has enjoyed finding like-minded peers at Khabele. The teachers and staff are incredibly supportive and encouraging. She really enjoys the advanced curriculum and all the interesting people she has discussions with daily. Khabele also REALLY embraces the creative side of the kids (music, art, dance, writing, drama) - just a super balance that has totally won our family over!!
Simply...If you're preparing your children for public high school, you might want to keep your children in public school. If you're focused on preparing your children for success in college and for a happy and self-expressed life, Khabele is excellent.
I am a parent of a khabele middle schooler & we love it. It's amazing to have a kid this age who actually enjoys going to school every day! The academics are fine (on par with most schools we visited), but what really makes the school is the culture they've created. The teachers & administrators are passionate about what they do & bend over backwards to connect with the kids. The kids actually want to be there, and they're nice to each other. The school really stresses (& discusses) things like leadership, responsibility, generosity, sympathy, etc. -Which is so important. Of course, problems come up like they do at every school, but the school meets issues head-on, discussing them with students & parents & brainstorming solutions, instead of sweeping them under a carpet or drawing a line in the sand. I just wish Khabele was around when I was a kid!
Khabele is a microcosm of the world we live in. Unlike most private schools, the mix of intellects, interests and cultures is pleasingly diverse. Meanwhile - and exceptionally - the school is built around 'community', made up of students, teachers and parents all with the common goal of falling in love with learning. Unlike most public schools where parents are the teachers' 'enemy' or where students are met with the challenge to choose between influences of one clique or another - Khabele functions as a true family committed to everyone's success. Are there misfits, trouble makers and distractions that need to be addressed? Of course! After all the centerpiece of the community are school aged kids learning how to make better choices and function with integrity. As for me, I'd rather have my child learn these valuable lessons in a safe, committed environment. Khabele offers that.
My kids couldn't be more different from each other, but the unique educational approach at The Khabele School has had a profound, positive impact on both of them. The teachers here are so energetic, caring, involved and available. Homework is relevant and not burdensome, busy work. I most enjoy watching my kids work their way independently through Project Week - the exploration of a subject of their choosing, from finding a mentor to the final report. The project can be a failure but still be a learning success!
The Khabele School is a little known gem located in central Austin. Students are given numerous opportunities to pursue Advanced Placement and/or ACC credits if applicable (Our daughter is a junior and has 5 advanced classes.). College planning, a sense of community, and a faculty that demonstrates dedication and best practices daily make this academically challenging environment enjoyable. Most importantly, progressive onsite leadership lends a consistent and supportive framework for faculty and student collaboration. This is a school where passions are uncovered, expectations are high, and students develop into self motivated learners-committed to making the world a better place. You owe it to your family to visit Khabele and form your own opinion. We have only one regret-we wished we had found it sooner!
Khabele School offers a rich and diverse culture. Students are challanged to to be compassionate, kind, and supportive of one another. I do not know of another school that supports personal growth and honors diversity like Khablele. If you want a well rounded child who feels connected to the diverse world around them and also feels a level of acceptance and comfort with their inner self send them to Khablele!
Our daughter is a Khabele graduate ('09) and a freshman at the prestigious Smith College. While at St. Stephen's,one of the 'best' college prep schools in Texas,she was paralyzed with the crushing 'busy work' most people believe is crucial to college success.At Khabele,the workload was challenging but not overwhelming...giving her the chance to fall in love with learning. And,boy, did it work! At Khabele,she learned how to nurture her own self esteem and confidence and she even developed a student mentorship program, became a student teacher, and founded the theater program...all of which earned her their Freedom Award for Leadership Excellence. Using those same skills in college,she makes good grades,is a senator of her dorm and has earned a weekly column in the school paper all.We never dreamed she would attend an Ivy League school! We are forever grateful to Khabele for preparing her so well for college and for life. Thank you!
We live in Eanes ISD and after experiencing that district we enrolled our student in Khabele. Five years later, we know it was the right decision. Love Khabele's philosophy, small classes and flexible curriculum. It's a great school for highly gifted students. Eanes ISD did not meet my child's needs because the classes are large, the curriculum is set at grade level (not good for gifted students), and the emphasis is ... football. Khabele is a school that inspires children to learn and grow not only academically but in character and responsibility as well. Further, our child just scored mega-high on the SAT and I know that score reflects not only his high intellectual ability but also his love of learning and his love of school as a result of attending Khabele.
I am a Khabele graduate who is still reaping the benefits of my Khabele education. Because of the Khabele School I not only improved my leadership skills and understanding of community, I was also able to excel in academic ways not allowed in many other learning environments. Khabele pushes students to work at their personal best, not a preordained best , which allowed me a deeper exploration of many of my passions. I now attend Reed College, (the school with the second highest number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college, and the school with the second highest number of graduates who go on to receive PHDs). I also am a Gates Millinum Scholar, a program with a 5% acceptance rate (that s twice as difficult as it is to get into Harvard) that provides a full scholarship to college; they also flew me to LA!
this school is the bomb, Im a senior there and what other people say about it being a druggie school are stereotyping the kids into one group. my grades and my mood have improved ten fold compared to my other education at other schools like westlake and st andrews. if you want your kids to be comfortable with themselves and to find who they really are instead of blending into the crowd, send them to khabele. in my opinion, if you want your kid to not enjoy life as much as they should, send them somewhere else.
The promise of the school and the reality of the school are not in sync. They do a wonderful job of pitching the culture and values and there are a number of parents who cling to these ideals, but the day to day reality does not live up to these lofty goals. The concept is a great one, and as a smaller institution (under 50 kids), was probably attainable. Now pushing 200 students, the real issues of faculty quality control, consistent application of policies, equitable treatment of all students, etc. are not sustainable. My children were in public schools, then at Khabele, and then back to public schools. Without exception, they are behind their classmates in almost every subject. Khabele does a great job of helping troubled students regain their sense of self and restore their self-esteem. College prep? No! Kids who are centered? No! Kids with emotional needs. Consider it.
With only the last two months of 6th grade under his belt at Khabele, my son is in love with school for the first time. The well-behaved child lost in the public school system will thrive at Khabele. While the school encourages strong academics, greater emphasis is put on personal responsibility. There is zero tolerance for bullying and teasing, and the kids respond. The kids who are gentle, playful and respectful call themselves 'Khabele Kids.' Every family has a compelling story about why their children now go to Khabele.
Middle School is small and easygoing; my child will attend high school here as well. Caring teachers and happy kids.
The Khabele School is a fertile place for learning and growing. Our daughter has flourished here. As a former AISD teacher, I was very impressed with the students desire to go to school and the enjoyment obvious on their faces! To be sure, the student must do his/her part. I am very thankful for the 'community ' and recommend you check it out! Tommy Joaquin Hancock
The Khabele School has consistently impressed and delighted us. From the mission, to the vision, to the curriculum, to the teachers, we have been very excited and pleased with the school. Most importantly, our daughter Emma wants to be the first to arrive at school in the morning and the last to leave.
Khabele offers an unparalleled combination of an academic and social environment that is full of caring, creative professionals and compassionate, bright and empathetic teenagers. The teachers are role models and guides; supportive and enthusiastic as they pass on their knowledge and life experiences in a way that is thought provoking and inspiring. The work, while not overwhelming, is challenging and rigorous. Since my son started Khabele, our family has been stress free concerning his emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual well being. Here, he is safe. If you are looking for an intimate academic setting for your student and you enjoy meeting great people, attending inventive, fun school wide events, thought provoking workshops, excellent communication between parents,teachers and administration, Powerschool, community service, student retreats, global travel, Princeton Review Prep, a comprehensive arts program, outdoor performances, national competitions, international guest speakers and a beautiful campus, this is the school for you!
The life lessons and learning experiences we want for our children are not bound by the classroom. The Khabele School is focused and intentional about instilling every student with a life-long love of learning, and developing not only the mind, but also self-esteem and leadership qualities. They strive constantly to build a community, not just a school, and they are firmly fixed on the future, not struggling to keep an iron grip on the past. And when problems do arise (which, of course they will), issues are discussed openly with parents and students, and solutions are reached together. It is, in short, a most refreshing change.
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