Anne Frank Inspire Academy
A Preeminent 21st Century School K–12
How do you make a free, public, 21st century school that is caring, creative, fun, innovative, and sustainable? How do you ensure that school retains a rigorous curriculum that pushes every student to be and do his or her best? You create an Inspire Academy!
The curriculum at our Inspire Academies adheres to state standards in all subjects, including the core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. But in order to fully address student needs, we have designed a "three tiered curriculum" that not only meets state standards but also helps students follow their passions and become self-directed learners.
Students explore information daily in great depth via projects, field experiences, problem solving, collaborative groups, oral and written communication, entrepreneurialism, and much more, using a skill mastery approach. This approach creates a dynamic learning experience that allows independent thinking and problem solving to develop and flourish.
Head of School's Desk
Ban the Average! These words waken a passion in us to develop a new vision of educational excellence. A focused vision on developing independent learners through guided inquiries facilitated by passionate educators.
Our belief is that there is no such thing as an average student. In our system, we empower students to utilize critical thinking skills, problem-solving strategies, and collaborate with peers to construct solutions for real-world applications. Designing such a system starts with trust, a commitment to excellence, and caring about stakeholders as individuals. It continues with the creation of boundaries that allow for flexibility, innovation, and creativity, all the while ensuring the focus remains on the objective of academic excellence.
The priority must be to create a true environment of collaboration between all stakeholders, but most importantly between a facilitator and their students. It is imperative that students' own voices integrate into everyday learning experiences in order to find the joy in learning. Finally, the system must produce results to build credibility and sustainability.
I am excited to join AFIA for the challenge of being truly innovative and the opportunity to increase the capacity for human greatness. Together, we will Ban the Average in education!
Head of School
Our curriculum includes:
- A core subjects curriculum based on Texas’ TEKS standards
- A personalized electives curriculum designed from the input of our students and parents
- An experiential curriculum highlighting things and events all children should be able to experience without regard to social class or income
- AFIA Curriculum Design
In addition to our regular curriculum, students receive unique learning opportunities through our community mentorship program that reflect our four interlocking areas of growth. At Anne Frank, we work hard to:
- Become an expert learner (with problem solving and creative thinking skills)
- Develop leadership skills
- Become a person of principle and character
- Make the world a better place through service
Our schools are designed to create a small, family-like environment that allows each student and teacher to know one another and ensure that no one “falls through the cracks.” By partnering with award-winning, international architects at Fielding Nair, we’ve designed an incredible campus that includes eight outdoor learning areas (including a tree house and amphitheater); a variety of creative, indoor learning studios (like MakerSpaces and Yoga studios); and zero hallways! All of our facilities are also equipped with seamless technology via SkyDrives.