Learners and Leaders Together

 

The International School of Texas is a non-profit, non-faith based private school serving the areas of Bee Cave, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch, Four Points, River Place, Westlake and the surrounding communities. Our school’s mission is to operate a high-quality, Brain-Friendly Learning environment where children are recognized for their individual abilities, intelligences and learning styles and to help them become future leaders.
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  • Our Philosophy
  • Our Philosophy
  • Our Philosophy
  • Our Philosophy
  • Our Philosophy
  • Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Multiple Intelligences and Brain-Friendly Learning

GOOD HEALTH
A good night’s sleep, a diet rich in zinc, protein and complex carbohydrates, plenty of water and plenty of oxygen add to the brain’s ability to handle mental processes. Our focus on healthy eating, drinking plenty of water and regular physical activity allows us to feed our brain physically so that learning and teaching have the best possible foundations for intellectual and academic success.

MAKING CONNECTIONS
Information presented in an exciting and creative manner is more likely to be remembered than information presented in a dull and lifeless way. The memory will be most effective when the learner makes a personal and emotional connection to what he or she are learning. Therefore we present key information and skills in dynamic ways that impact children’s individual learning styles and targets their individual needs. The child must make an emotional connection between the new learning and his or her own life experiences. All of this means we must be clear on what our learning objectives will be so we can plan to present these critical topics in the appropriate manner and maximize these connections.

A LOW STRESS ENVIRONMENT IS BEST FOR LEARNING
Children under stress can’t learn. The neocortex is the part of the brain we use to think and assimilate knowledge. It works slower than the limbic brain which we use for emotions. When a child is stressed, the limbic brain takes over, resulting in a range of negative emotions as the brain tries to counteract the stress brought on by a perceived threat.

MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES
Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of neuroscience from Harvard University, developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1983. Using brain research, Gardner identified a range of intelligences that are different but equal in status including: Visual, Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Linguistic and Logical. The idea of multiple intelligences allows us to see children clearly and allows each child to access work that they might normally find challenging through their stronger “intelligences”. We do this through mixed media learning presentations for key information and skills to appeal to the variety of learning styles. This is followed by specific time for slow, complex thinking to allow the connections to occur.

BRAIN-FRIENDLY LEARNING
Much of our work and professional practice is influenced by the huge body of work and materials developed by Trevor Hawes, one of the U.K.’s leading experts on teaching and the learning brain. We endeavor to create a Brain Friendly learning zone in each classroom in order to maximize every child’s learning opportunities and to create an optimal learning environment.

Open House Dates

February 25, 2017
9:30 a.m.

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Open House

Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 9:30am

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Registration for Club Trailblazer and Summer Camps Open!

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IST Trailblazer Speaker Series: William Kamkwamba

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Good Luck today IST Robotics Team!

IST Trailblazers take on other Austin schools at their first FLL1 robotics competition! Our ages 8+ Robotics Team has been working extremely hard over the past few months on their innovative designs! We are so thrilled for our team to show off their hard work!
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Our students are serious about inquiring into Science!

At IST we encourage our knowledgeable Trailblazers to never stop asking questions! Through the exploration of science students are learning life-long skills of research including: formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording and organizing data, interpreting results and presenting their findings.

In G5 our students researched the human eye. They then collaborated with one another to design and build a model of the eye with a magnifying lens.

In G1 our Trailblazers researched different types of bulbs. Together they dissected the bulb to explore the inside and make growth predictions. Our students eagerly record the growth of their beloved bulbs each week! They couldn't be more excited to watch the bulbs as they grow roots and begin to flower!
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We couldn't be more excited for Astronaut Rex Walheim to visit with us this afternoon!

Our Nursery Classrooms created their very own space helmets to celebrate this special day! Nicely done Nursery Trailblazers, they look "out of this world"!
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Contact Info

Address:
International School of Texas
4402 Hudson Bend
Austin, TX 78734
Map: Google Map
Phone: (512) 351-3403
Fax: (512) 364-0277
Email: info@istexas.org