Palaestra nurtures the whole child. Highly experienced staff work together to help each individual child grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Small student ratios make it possible to give lots of individual attention and encourages close, long lasting friendships among peers. Teachers who stay in their area of expertise and a rotating class schedule keep both students and teachers fresh throughout the day.
Students begin with very basic skills on the various apparatus' in the gym and gradually build on that foundation. They gain confidence, coordination and strength.
Year round swimming lessons create little fish out of our students. Beginning very slowly with blowing bubbles and gaining comfort in the water, they end the year swimming across the pool and depending on age, many times swim team ready.
Students play counting and math games and use hand on science experiments to gain knowledge of scientific theories and concepts.
The Palaestra program allows children to attend who are ages three through five. Children must be toilet trained and have the ability to use the restroom by themselves. Staffing does not allow for this training.
School Year Palaestra for Preschoolers operates from 7:45 a.m. until 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. Morning rotations begin at 8:45 a.m. For those registered in Lunch Bunch, the hours are extended to 2:30 p.m. daily.
During the school year, Crenshaws offers an extended "Lunch-Bunch" section of the Palaestra program that runs from 12:00 - 2:30 p.m., two, three or five days per week. The children in this program are divided into two groups depending on whether or not the children take a nap. The children bring their own lunch. Children must be picked up by 2:30.
Palaestra generally starts the week children start back to school in the Fall. Many of the AISD C-days are observed and the children will not attend Palaestra on these days. Tuition is based on the entire year taking into account the holidays. Therefore, there is no pro-rating for the above mentioned holidays.