4POINTS ACADEMY K-8 PRIVATE SCHOOL

A school that inspires academic & social growth

In this February Newsletter, read about the following:

4Points Academy
  • The Advantages of a Small School Environment - Part 2

  • Science PBL - Science meets Architecture, Pwr Point Presentation & Public Speaking Skills

  • 4PA Open House - Feb 13th and 27th, 2019
  • 2nd Annual Children's Business Fair - Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10.30am - 12.30pm!

  • Afterschool Programs Overview

  • Summer Care & Summer Camps - Registration open!

Advantages of a Small School Environment - Part 2

Last month we featured an article by Bruce Barker where he discusses some of the advantages of a small school environment. This month we continue to highlight some of the points raised in the article.


ADMINISTRATION

Small schools are manageable. There is usually less red tape and fewer regulations. Scheduling is much more flexible than in a large school, and schedules can be easily altered to accommodate instructional activities.

  • We definitely agree with this observation. With a small school we have the flexibility to integrate project based learning, field trips, or just utilize an alternate approach to teaching a topic - in part because we are not bound by a rigid school calendar and are not having to focus on getting our kids ready for the STAAR exam.
  • Our directors interact daily with our teachers, parents, and students to keep track of what is happening in the school and in order to be as responsive as needed.


CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Due to low pupil/teacher ratios, the school is more likely to be learner-centered, with strong emphasis placed on individualized and small group instruction. By contrast, large schools with large class sizes have traditionally led to reliance on lecture and objective tests that stress recall. The potential for student self identity, participation, and expression is thereby enhanced in small schools.

  • Exactly on point! At 4PA we are all about our students, and our curriculum and instruction are adapted to the needs of our students. We assess and analyze the needs of each student and integrate strategies to address the individual student's needs.


Join us next month for the final part of our review of this article.


Click here to read the full article


4PA is a community that is passionate about learning!

Science Project - Force & Motion

Our 3rd and 4th grade group completed a PBL Assignment to illustrate and explain the concepts of Force and Motion. The students were tasked with Designing and Building a slide and then Presenting the slide to the school. Roles were assigned among the students, and the students worked together during school and with online collaboration via Skype (from home) to complete the different phases of the project, with astonishing results. See video here


This project highlights the following components of the 21st century approach to education being provided at 4PA: hands on learning through labs and PBLs; using technology tools, such as Power Point and Skype; and developing Public Speaking and Presentation skills.

OPEN HOUSE -- WEDNESDAY - Feb 13 and Feb 27

INFORMATIONAL MEETING held at the school provides parents the opportunity to tour the school, meet the directors and teachers, and receive information about the school, its unique approach to truly educating children, and the various enrichment classes offered in addition to the core academics. JOIN US!!!
REGISTER FOR OUR NEXT OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:30 - 11:30AM

2nd Annual 4PA Children's Business Fair - April 27th -- 10:30am-12:30pm at Towne Square, Steiner Ranch

Plans for our Children's Business Fair are well on the way. Don't miss a great opportunity to celebrate and support our young entrepreneurs. Join us on Saturday, April 27th from 10.30am - 12.30pm at Towne Square in Steiner Ranch.

Registration is open for children who wish to participate in the Biz Fair and market their business/products. Click here for registration page


To learn more about our Business Fair, Click Here

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

4PA/IQuest offers several afterschool programs:
  • Mindquest - after school care with homework help, academic and enrichment classes
  • Enrichment classes - Singapore Math, Mandarin, Spanish, Art
  • Tutoring - Language arts (K-8) and Math (K-12)
CLICK HERE FOR AFTERSCHOOL INFORMATION

CALL US AT 512.537.7664 TO DISCUSS OPTIONS AND SCHEDULING

Summer Quest Program - Have Your Child Spend His/Her Summer With Us! ​

SUMMER QUEST Full Day Program includes weekly selection from a variety of IQuest Camps. Parents can enroll in a single week or multiple weeks. Program caters to children Ages 5-14(approximately Grades K-8) and incorporates camp activities, academic games, reading and writing, chess play, indoor and outdoor fun, and more. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - use code quest2019 at registration to get 10% off before February 28th.

Summer Camps - HALF DAY & FULL DAY OPTIONS

A WIDE VARIETY OF SUMMER CAMPS TO CHOOSE FROM

MAY 28 - AUG 9 (EXCLUDING JULY 4TH WEEK) ​


IQuest summer camps are half-day camps and last for 1 week (Mon-Fri). A parent can elect to have a full day that includes a morning camp (9a-12p) and an afternoon camp (1p-4p), with supervised lunch time. Camps offered include: Art, LEGO, Creative Writing Camps, Reading Camps, Science and Engineering (STEM) Camps, Drone Piloting, Programming/Coding, Robotics, and Spanish & Chinese. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - use code Camps2019 at registration to get $25 off though February 28, 2019.

February


  • February - Black History Month
  • February 13th and 27th - Open House
  • February 15th - 4PA closed -- Afterschool programs open
  • February 18th - President's Day - School and Afterschool closed

4Points Academy

4Points Academy is a private K-8 school which offers small class sizes, personalized instruction, foreign languages, art, music, programming, and much more. Check out the 4Points Academy program here and/or call 512.991.7950.


IQuest is our afterschool program which provides afterschool care, enrichment classes, and tutoring. IQuest also provides summer camps and other special programs for kids in the surrounding neighborhoods of Four Points, Lakeway, & Cedar Park. Call 512.537.7664 for info.