Austin, TX (PressExposure) August 01, 2013 -- Skybridge Academy (formerly Bronze Doors Academy) and the Soleil School, both previously located in Hyde Park, will relocate to the Oak Hill area, according to the schools' founders.
The two programs will set up on the Stunt Ranch property on Fitzhugh Road in Austin. Soleil School accepts primary-age students, and Skybridge serves junior high and high school age. The collaboration of these programs allows for the vision of creating a "learning village" to become a reality.
"We needed room to grow," says Skybridge founder Ariel Miller, "and this property gives us plenty of space and the freedom to explore." Skybridge offers options for both full-time students as well as a la carte classes for homeschoolers.
The middle and high school component at Skybridge has a highly selective admissions process that "ensures we have highly functioning, autonomous, compassionate, intellectually curious students," according to the current Skybridge (Bronze Doors) Website.
The elementary-age Soleil program touts "a holistic approach to our K-5 education that combines self-directed learning, an integrated curriculum and character development to inspire the next generation of leaders and citizens." Carly Borders, director of the elementary program, says being a mom and an educator also drove her to become an edu-preneur.
"I knew we had to be bold to provide parents with a real alternative," says Borders. "Parents are looking for an education revolution, one that puts their child at the center of the classroom." Borders says The Soleil School is about letting students' passion and purpose drive their learning, not standardization and testing.
Miller and Borders also cite the perks of operating on the spacious ranch property.
"The owner is a science whiz and a tinkerer," says Miller. "Our liberal arts model relies on exploration, experimentation and dialog. This is such a great partnership because now we have space and facilities to take these to the next level."
Steve Wolf has been filming his work for the Discovery Channel and other media outlets here for years, as well as offering stunt and pyro camps. His science expertise, combined with the staff of both programs, promise to make this an extremely exciting collaboration.
The 20-plus acre property already has features that make it a children's wonderland, from ropes courses to swimming facilities. There is even a paintball course on the property. Borders says, "We are very much about letting kids be kids, and this property offers us more than we could have hope for."