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.
This is the most amazing and unique school in Austin, and probably in Texas or the U.S. The blend of academics and community helps teach students how to treat others with respect, dignity and honesty. There is a great emphasis on becoming a person who loves learning, which is antithetical to most public school programs. There are opportunities for diverse, multicultural learning in ways that would never occur in a large, faceless public school. Khabele is a gem that we are lucky to have found in the heart of Austin.
As a researcher & lifelong educator , I have strong ideas about what kind of educational experience I prefer my children have. When our oldest child completed elementary school, my husband and I looked for a place that would offer a balance between academic structure and opportunities for self-directed learning. We sought a place that was diverse, inclusive, challenging, values-based, calm, focused, and engaging. We found all that at the Khabele School. Over the past four years, our children have flourished at the school and we feel fortunate to be a part of a learning community. We know our children's friends AND their families; we are in close contact with the school's teachers and administrators. We are grateful for the high level of communication and engagement. The students learn not just their academic material, but also how to lead, how to serve, and how to excel.
The public high school that our older children attended seemed to have labels like 'kicker,' 'gangsta,' 'brainiac,' 'jock,' 'geek,' or 'stoner' for most of the students, with compulsory membership in corresponding social groups; and an academic regimen that equated scholarship with memorization of data without regard for its relevance. Investigating the Khabele School as an alternative for our youngest, I trotted out my own labels, like 'new age,' 'politically correct,' and 'ingenuous,' until I visited the campus and attended classes and student body functions. I was impressed. As far as I can see, everyone likes to be there, because everyone is recognized and appreciated as a complete person, continually encouraged, supported, and celebrated as they develop in mind, body, spirit, and personal integrity. It's school policy. It's real. Go see for yourself.
I had to pull my child out of the school because of the great drug culture and lack of discipline shown in the school.
Something magical is happening here. This is a school that really cares for kids. From the talented team of Moya and Khotso Khabele through the ranks of the dedicated teachers, this is a place that shows a respect to the students that allows them to blossom.
The caring environment and the committed faculty at The Khabele School have helped our daughter find a comfortable place where she can really learn. Her enthusiasm then rubs off on the rest of the family. Her increased interest in learning has made her happier with herself, and with everyone else. Each student receives a level of attention that could never be duplicated in the public school system. The reliance on students for leadership gives each student a chance to shine. Academically the school is good, allowing each student to learn at her own pace, and training the best older students as teaching assistants. Students work closely with parents and faculty in leadership roles. Great arts opportunities, including world music, creative writing, art, and choir. Many students take aikido. Other sports include track & soccer. Parental involvement is pretty intensive, including parent training sessions
My son went to Khabele School from 8th through 12th grade. I would highly recommend this school to any child who learns faster with individualized academics and a smaller student/teacher ratio. My son graduated from the school feeling very good about himself, his accomplishments and his future.
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