Our 1-Day Enrichment Program
We designed a 1-day per week enrichment program for homeschooled children, aged 10-16, locally in Austin, TX. We have a vision of a world where children learn how to access & express their thoughts and feelings, and communicate their ideas in a healthy and effective way.
Learning By Experiencing, Together
Students begin their day at Austin StartUp School by joining morning circle, where they are encouraged to let go of negative emotions, set clear intentions and confidently articulate their requests from & offerings to the group.
Unleash Your Heroic Voice: Speaking/Writing
Public Speaking & Self Expression.
The students learn to formulate ideas, tell stories and express their feelings through spoken and written words. Students will have the option to complete 1 of 2 projects each semester –
a TED-style talk for their peers and a live audience OR publish a book on Amazon.
Financial Literacy & Economics
Children learn how to manage money, think about the long term and plan for the future. They’ll learn a simple and effective financial planning process that has helped thousands of people manage their money…you’ll wish you knew this when you were their age!
Nurtured by Nature
We help children reconnect with nature and the source of their sustenance during lunch break.
Practicing mindfulness and gratitude is an ongoing habit we instill so they understand, appreciate and respect where food is sourced and how it nourishes their minds as well as their bodies.
Business & Product Development
Each semester we create a new product/business with the whole group. Everyone is involved and gets to learn about their natural, gifted attributes and where those might be best suited in a business, organization, or team. We celebrate our differences and encourage collaboration so that they practice partnering and working with others to achieve more.
Products will be launched online and in local stores wherever possible, with a percentage of profits going to each child, deposited in a bank account on their behalf and accessible when they reach 18 years of age.
Help us prepare children for the future and help them avoid going into large debt at the start of their adult lives!
New Program Starts Fall 2017!
Unleash Your Heroic Voice™
In this program, your child will understand how to communicate ideas, emotions and experiences through the art of storytelling. Taking from the strategies we teach adults for TED talks and industry conferences, your child will have the option to do their own live presentation at the end of the semester (perfect for their transcript/portfolio)!
Publish A Book
We encourage all students to develop their expressive writing skills. Vital for the future, the ability to write creative and compelling works seems to be a dying art. We show them how to plan, draft, edit and publish a book on Amazon and how to earn $ from it!
Build A Business
Create & Sell Physical Products in a Real Business
As a team, we will go from idea to implementation with bringing a physical product to market and building a business from the ground up. Each child will learn about their unique attributes and where those gifts are best placed within a team and in business structures.
Learning about different departments, aspects of business and roles/responsibilities will give them a huge advantage now and for the future.
Each child will make a percentage of the profits which will be deposited into a bank account that will be accessible when they reach 18 years old.
Our mission is to educate financially literate children who have money saved and business skills by the time they graduate high school, preparing them for college or a career debt-free and in demand.
Testimonials & Rave Reviews From The Community
What People Are Saying
“My humble opinion is that your tuition amount, while on the high end for Austin one-day programs, is reasonable considering all the value that is included for your students”.
~ LOCAL EDUCATION CONSULTANT
“I want to thank you for such an innovative program! We need this in South Austin so desperately! We’re happy homeschooling, but if I gave you a list of what I would love to be available for my kids to learn in collaboration with peers and an engaged mentor – your program fits perfectly!”
“I appreciate so much what you guys are doing. Austin is a wonderful fit for something like this!”
We run our program from our
6401 Rialto Blvd
Austin, TX 78735
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What can I expect my child to take away from this course?
Your child will gain exposure to/have the opportunity to implement best practices and guiding principles of successful entrepreneurs, learn valuable expressive/public speaking skills, write and publish a book online, and have the opportunity to build a business with peers from the ground up.
He/she will have the option to walk away with:
- a video recording of his/her stage presentation in front of a live audience
- a new title of published author
- a potential new business that generates income
- a host of new skills and increased confidence to build upon
Will the children be separated by age, or will this be a mixed class?
The children will be learning together in mixed company, ages 10-16.
We believe this arrangement mimics real life circumstances and better prepares children for working together with teammates that have a variety of abilities and experience, thereby improving cross-communication ability.
This arrangement also supports the child that has a level of ability that is generally considered ahead or behind his/her chronological age.
Mixed-age classrooms often take on a “family” dynamic - the older students nurture and motivate the younger students, and are provided with opportunities to reinforce their own learning by teaching them.
What does the tuition cover? Are there any additional fees?
The $1497 tuition covers your child’s enrollment in the course for 16 weeks, every Thursday from 8:30am - 3pm beginning January 26 through May 18, excluding March 16 for Spring Break.
Your child will receive guidance from business mentors and experts in their fields to create a business and a powerful pitch/public speaking skills, a financial planning system, and support to write a book and publish it on Amazon. Each day will incorporate mindfulness and connection to nature as an integral part of growing connection to self, others, and community - which will help exponentially with self-expression and networking if practiced over time.
The tuition will cover the cost of 16 weeks of instruction, book editing & formatting, cover art design, ISBN acquisition, and publishing. It also covers videography for a stage presentation, if your child chooses to speak before a live audience.
The only anticipated area for additional fees would come from developing a product for the students’ business to cover manufacturing and production costs. During the fundraising part of our course they will have the option to formally pitch their parents for funding to help with the initial costs, as well as learn how to pitch strangers for funding. They will also learn how to utilize online crowdsourcing means.
Must I commit to the entire course? Can I pay per month?
Because the course has been designed to build upon itself and depends partly on group dynamic and trust, we require commitment to the full 16 week course. That said, if after the first month it is discovered that we are not a good fit for one another, no additional payment will be due beyond the first payment of $750 (due by January 26).
If you decide to continue, two additional payments of $375 - due March 1 and April 1 - will be required to satisfy the full tuition.