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The mission of All Saints’ Episcopal School is to encourage spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development in children through a nurturing and guiding relationship with teachers and family, and to provide a developmentally balanced curriculum that fosters a love of learning and the teaching of Christian values and traditions.

All Saints’ Episcopal Day School is an excellent institution that has been serving the community in Austin since 1946. It is one of the oldest established preschools in Austin, and enjoys a reputation based on its years of fine service educating young children. It maintains that superior reputation by continuing to emphasize the “whole” child. It offers many desirable things that other preschools do not, such as a Kindergarten program, Spanish instruction, a before and after school program, a nutritious hot lunch, and after school enrichment classes in cooking, art, science and drama.

The School was the first stand-alone preschool to be accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES). This important external review helps All Saints’ stay focused on continually improving itself. The School was also the first preschool to be awarded the Ken Bastian Award from SAES for outstanding community service.

As a mission of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, it enjoys many perquisites, such as the use of the Church and the involvement of the Director of Religious Education and the Rector. The unique location of the School encourages use of resources at the University of Texas. It has a talented, involved parent base, and children leave the School ready and eager for the elementary years ahead.

At All Saints’, the curriculum development and implementation are guided by the knowledge that children learn by active exploration. Teachers work to create an environment with stimulating, challenging materials and activities. Knowing that free choice and play are essential components in early childhood learning, each classroom has several “centers” and activities daily, and students have opportunities to move among them. Within these environments, students direct their own activities, while the teachers pose additional challenges to facilitate more complex behavior and to push the individual’s thinking even further.

The School’s program also includes Spanish, Movement, Music and Library. With each special subject, the emphasis is not on formal instruction but rather on active, creative participation. All Saints’ tailors such subjects so that the content is delivered without ideas of achievement or failure, but rather on the enjoyment of learning something new.

The student-centered teaching focuses not just on content areas, but on educating the whole child. Teachers incorporate emotional development and socialization into their planning and instruction, and work hard to foster self-esteem, confidence, empathic behavior and peaceful conflict resolution. In Chapel, spirituality is encouraged in joyful, age-appropriate ways.

The Board of Trustees, Head of School and Church all seek to work in the best interests of the students by providing the necessary leadership, vision and management to run the School well. Each Board position is a three-year term. The Board is committed to following the by-laws to ensure their proper role as “governors,” avoiding micro management of responsibilities best left to the administration. This gives the Head the freedom to exercise his/her expertise, with the Board providing a supportive bulwark. The Board evaluates itself annually to ensure efficacy and balance.

All Saints’ enjoys two great blessings in relation to its finances and development: the Church provides our physical plant at little cost and our parents provide the economic resources to sustain and enhance the School. The Church’s support and the parents’ contributions allow the School to fulfill its mission of providing for the development of the whole child in a Christian environment.

The Board of Trustees, together with the Head, is responsible for the creation and adoption of an annual budget that insures the funds necessary to achieve the School’s mission. Income comes from two principle sources, namely tuition payments and the Annual Fund. The Head, Treasurer, Finance Committee, and bookkeeper oversee the funds available to the School. To enhance its stewardship of the School’s resources, annual audits are conducted by accounting professionals.

All Saints’ Episcopal Day School has long prided itself on having the highest quality Faculty and Staff. Each class is staffed with an experienced, qualified and caring assistant as well as a capable, full-time assistant. By hiring skilled Assistants, the School is able to provide a low student/teacher ratio during directed activities as well as more opportunities for small group instruction. All classes also benefit from a part-time Librarian who manages the School’s growing Library and provides support to the Teachers in their reading programs. The School seeks to provide a climate in which members of the Faculty are not only appreciated for who they are, but also encouraged and supported in whom they are becoming.

The quality of a school is dependent on the quality of the professionals hired to lead the school. The School is committed to retaining a Head who has vision, leadership ability and strong educational and administrative skills. In addition, All Saints’ strives to build on a tradition of recruiting and retaining a caring and highly qualified Faculty to help the Head implement the Mission of the School and maintain its accreditation.

The Day School is accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES). SAES is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation. It has voluntarily agreed to abide by the Commission’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices and to submit to a thorough review and evaluation of its accreditation standards, criteria, and procedures. SAES is recognized by three state agencies and by eleven Episcopal dioceses within the six states served by the association.

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