Open House

You are invited to our Open House on Monday, May 27, from 2-3 p.m. You're also welcome to join the parents and friends of MasterStudents at our Open House on July 3, from 9:00-11:30 a.m.  Or, come see us any time MasterSchool is in session. (Please call ahead:  512-272-9910.)   Because MasterSchool is located on private property, we appreciate your not visiting at any other times.  Please contact us for directions to MasterSchool.





               Two Summer Programs                      at MasterSchool:


                                    MasterSchool Safari

                                               May 28-May 31, 2019



                                MasterSchool at MasterSchool

                                                                  June 3-July 3, 2019




Here you see the famous Flower Van.  We don't use her anymore but we keep her around for old memories.

We pick up youngsters in rented vans in 3 places in Austin and drive them to our ranch near Manor where all of our activities take place:

1.  Central

Disch-Falk: We'll be in the parking lot on Comal and 21st, across the street from the U.T. baseball field on the northeast corner of IH 35 and MLK.  We'll begin loading at 7:45 a.m. and leave at 8:00 a.m.  We'll return between 4:45 and 5:00 p.m.

2.  North

Northwest Recreation Center:  We will meet you in the parking lot next to the church parking lot at MoPac and Northland.  We'll begin loading at 7:45 a.m. and leave no later than 8:00 a.m.  We'll return by 5:00 p.m.

3.  West

WestWood Shopping Center:  We'll be in the parking lot next to the ATM machine on Bee Caves Road.  We'll begin loading at 7:45 a.m., leave no later than 8:00 a.m. and will return by 5:00 p.m




                   2019 MasterSchool Theme:                                     Generosity



You might say, “I can’t be generous! I’m a kid. I don’t have any money.”
But practicing generosity does not just mean giving a dollar to someone on the street. We can be generous with more than our money and our “stuff.”
Mr Rodgers said, “The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.”
I suspect he's right.  Maybe the most basic and powerful way to be generous is to really connect to another person. To just listen to them. Maybe the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.
We can look for opportunities to be generous by offering small kindnesses to our family, friends, and even strangers.

We can show our appreciation.
We can do what we can to take care of our planet.


We’ll practice generosity every day at MasterSchool with each other—and at home with our family and friends.
And…..each Friday morning of MasterSchool, we’ll participate in a special service project. We might clean up the park next to MasterSchool. Or… invite children who wouldn’t ordinarily get to go to camp to play us at MasterSchool. Or…visit people in a nursing home. Or…make gifts for inmates in jails or prisons. Or…write letters to veterans. Or….what ideas do you have for practicing generosity?





                                    MasterSchool Safari

                                              May 28-May 31, 2019


Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is an endangered species research and conservation center near Glen Rose, Texas where more than 1,000 animals from 50 species live: Giraffes, Zebras, Hippos, Wildebeasts, goats, deer and more.  Much more! 

You are invited to join us on this MasterSchool Safari to Fossil Rim. 

Tuesdsay, May 28--We'll pick up youngsters at Disch-Falk at 8:00 and return at 5:00.  We'll spend the morning preparing for our safari and in the afternoon, free play at MasterSchool.

Wednesday, May 29--Pick up at 8:00 at Disch-Falk and head for the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.  We'll have 2 workshops with animals, a nature hike and a night tour then spend the night in the Bunkhouse (with MasterSchool counselors).

Thursday, May 30--We'll take a 2 hour tour of the center in an open-sided bus, getting to know--up close and personal!--the animals who live there.  After a picnic lunch, we'll head back to Disch-Falk, arriving at 5:00.

Friday, May 31--Pick up at 8:00, return at 5:00 at Disch-Falk.  We'll spend the morning reflecting, expanding and sharing our Safari experiences and memories.  In the afternoon, we'll enjoy free-time activities.





                     MasterSchool at MasterSchool

                                                  June 3-July 3, 2019





        Each Day at MasterSchool Has Five Parts: 

           Community Gathering, Morning Classes, Lunch, Workshops                                            Afternoon Free-time Activities           



                          Community Gathering

                            From when we arrive (around 8:30) - 9:00

We all gather in the barn to welcome each other, put up our stuff and settle in. We have a community conversation on various topics: generosity, communication, listening well, speaking carefully, interdependence, cooperation, appreciating others, solving problems with friends, etc.  We often send an email to interested parents reporting on this always interesting and wise exchange of youngsters' views.

Before we leave for our morning classes, we have our first big drink of water.




                               Morning Classes

                                                9:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:00

   (Youngsters take a break for snacks and free play from 10:30-11:00)


The morning classes begin after our community gathering.  Classes are limited to a maximum of 14 MasterStudents per teacher. Youngsters rotate through each of the morning classes, spending 4 days each week in each class so that by the end of the session, they will have participated in each of the following classes.  In order to focus more on our practice of generosity, youngsters will do some kind of "service" each Friday morning.




                                         Wind Power







We’ll use science to harness the power of…. air!
From paper airplanes to balloons, you’ll be floating on the breeze in this whirlwind of a class!
You’ll make an air powered rocket, investigate how wind turbines create electricity, explore the power of pinwheels, and compete in blow races and air mazes.

Twenty-Six year MasterTeacher:   Joan Tennison




                 The Art of Nature/The Nature of Art














Open your eyes to the beauty around you: Flowers! and Leaves! and Rocks! Oh my!  We’ll go on scavenger hunts to look for natural materials to create works of art, then……
We’ll make our own inks, dyes and other pigments which we’ll use to draw and paint. We’ll create sun catchers with flowers and leaves. We’ll cast leaves and (what else will you find?) in clay.
We’ll keep some of our artwork and give some as gifts to folks we meet in the community: nursing homes, shelters, hospitals, or……

Five year MasterTeacher:  Lauren Peterson





                        Horse River Construction




We’ll go to Horse River at MasterSchool where there are trees, stones, dirt, pebbles, bushes, a little pond, vines, mud, leaves, shadows, sticks, tree trunks and other treasures we can build with. You'll use a variety of tools--  saws, hoes, shovels, clippers, hammers, rakes, screw drivers, axes, picks, your hands, your creativity and each other’s help.                

Fourteen year MasterTeacher: Gustavo Cortés-Vega





                                   Team Strong




  Each of us is a strong, capable, caring

  individual—no question about that!—so

  imagine what an awesome team we will


  We’ll learn strategies for: 

  *sharing our: ideas, help, appreciation,

  encouragement, support and more.

  *making decisions together: What do we

  want to call ourselves? Do we want a team

  mascot? secret handshake or greeting? Do

  we want a team motto? team flag? or....?

  Thirty-four year MasterTeacher:  Jennifer 


























Please bring your own nutritious lunch, two snacks--one for the morning, one for the afternoon--and a big water bottle to use throughout the day. (See the Happy Camper's Checklist created by MasterSchool kids for healthy lunch ideas.) 







Please choose one of the workshops described below.  You will meet in these workshops daily for the whole MasterSchool session.




                                           Soccer Workshop



  Every day we’ll go to the     

  public park down  the road

  from MasterSchool and/or

  play soccer in our little

  MasterSchool home field.

  You’ll learn to play smart,

  think creatively on your

  feet, keep your sense of

  humor, enjoy the game and

  communicate well with the

  ball and your teammates.



You’ll learn to be an intelligent, creative, versatile soccer player and you’ll  discover the strategies, skills and techniques needed by midfielders, sweepers and defenders as well as forwards and goal keepers.


This class is for both girls and boys and for beginners as well as those with experience in soccer. You’ll need a soccer ball, shin guards, and soccer shoes and socks.
Fourteen year MasterTeacher: Gustavo Cortés-Vega                     Ages: 8-14






                              Ranch Hands Workshop



We invite you to feed, take care of, wash, groom and train our horses, Lilly and Red, and to feed and take care of the other animal friends at MasterSchool--chickens, pig, cats, dogs, bunny. This takes love, cooperation and patience. Are you ready to be a Ranch Hand?
Five year MasterTeacher, Lauren Peterson                                    Ages: 7-14




Daily Swim Lessons

Although free swimming is available to all MasterStudents, you will     receive special beginning or intermediate swimming instruction in small classes based on your abilities and the American Red Cross standards.

Do you want to get comfortable and feel safe in the water and learn some new swim strokes?

Twenty-six year MasterTeacher:  Joan Tennison                             Ages:  5-9 






                                          Games Workshop

You'll learn the art of creating and playing games.  You'll help decide what you want to play: 

*board games, card games and other games that require us to think. 

*mind games, fantasy games, map games, action games, survival games, rhythm and word and math games. 

We might have:

*races and relays. 

We might learn:

*card tricks and solve puzzles.

We might go on scavenger hunts. 


If you want, you can build, paint and decorate your own rocket!  Youll take your rocket to the open spaces at the nearby park so you can shoot it off (then recover it and take it home.)     


One day Thuan will bring the "fixins" for Fried Rice Friday.  You're the chef, the eater and, if you want (and I'm SURE you'll want!) you're the one who shares your feast with others.
Seventeen year MasterTeacher:  Thuan Tang                        Ages: 5-14 years






                      Afternoon Activities



                                                                            Free Choice

You decide how you spend this part of your afternoon.  Some choices:












  Since 2014, The

  International Office

  at The University of Texas at Austin

  has hosted 25 bright young leaders

  from every country in Sub-Saharan

  Africa. In addition to academic

  coursework they visit entrepreneurs

  and executives at businesses in Austin

  such as Google, We Work, Capital

  Factory, PeopleFund, Dropbox…..and

  MasterSchool! We're looking forward to

  their visit again this year!








                                               Think and Swim



While the older children work on guided creative thinking and high level thinking skills, the younger children have the pool to themselves.  At 3:30 they switch.







                         Preparing to Go Home

                                                                4:00- 4:30
We sing songs, tell MasterSchool stories, find socks and underwear

and look for water bottles....





                                              4:45- 5:00

We arrive at our stations in Austin (Disch-Falk, Northwest Recreation Center or Westwood on Bee Caves Road).  Please be on time to pick up your youngster.






Total tuition and fees for the MasterSchool Safari is $432.  This includes the two full days at MasterSchool, the overnight stay at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, dinner Wednesday night, and breakfast and lunch Thursday and all transportation (from/to Disch-Falk and to/from the Wildlife Center.)


Total tuition for the full day MasterSchool at MasterSchool is $1909.  Transportation from/to Disch-Falk for the full 5 week session is $170; from/to the Northwest Recreation Center and the Westwood Shopping Center, $270.  T-shirt and class photo are free.