Calling All Kindergartners!

Choosing where your child attends school is a major life decision.  Private, public, or charter; the lottery system; curriculum styles; teacher to student ratio; dual language or bilingual programs; work/life schedules; costs; individual personalities and learning styles……..  Needless to say there are a lot of factors that impact your schooling decisions!
Just like other schools, the Radicle Roots Community Schoolhouse is in the midst of enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.  Unlike more traditional schools, however, we really strive to ensure that our learning community is the right fit for the student and their family. We know it can be an overwhelming feeling, and we’re here to help you navigate it! Please browse our website for a more in-depth understanding of our philosophy, curriculum, program specifics and get to know our mentors.  Our application page details the steps in our enrollment process.
Curious about what a democratic, experiential kindergarten looks like?
Come to our Kindergarten OPEN HOUSE next week!
Wednesday 3/8
3701 E. MLK Jr Blvd, Unit #3 78721
Drop by to meet our teachers, participate in sample learning centers, find out about our daily circle time and try your hands on our projects class.
Refreshments provided.
Here are some FAQs for our 2017-2018 kindergarten enrollment:
1. How does a multi-aged environment work for kindergarten?
We love the blend of 5 and 6 year-olds (kindergarten and first grade) that meets in the Garden House. The Garden House class spends mornings with a regular routine of circle time and learning centers. Up the hill, the 7-11 year-olds class meets in the Sunshine House. There is ample time for the Garden House class to interact with the Sunshine House class during the afternoon. This multi-age environment ensures opportunities for students to learn from older peers and model for younger ones, just like real life!
2.  Are there openings? How big is the class?
For the 2017-2018 year we will have about 7 available spots for kindergarten.  We aim to enroll an even boy/girl ratio for each learning cohort (although we leave room for flexible gender expression). The four rising 1st graders will remain in the Garden House along with the new cohort of kindergartners. There are about 3 available spots for 1st grade. We are aiming for a size of 15 K-1st kids. We are currently full for the 7-11 year old Sunshine House class, or 2nd-5th grade cohort for next school year, but we welcome waiting list submissions.
3.  When is the deadline to enroll?
Our enrollment deadline is Friday March 3, 2017. Yikes, coming up fast!! There is a $20 late fee to enroll after that, if spots are available.
4.  Can my four year old start?
We feel it is best to start students when they are emotionally ready for school rather than strictly by age.  Ideally our new students start when they are 5 years old, but if there are late 4 year olds (i.e. students turning 5 in the fall semester) who are ready we will consider them.  Just like other students we will follow our standard application process to decide together if early enrollment works.
5.  Do you offer part-time?
We do not offer a part-time program as we feel it can be disruptive to the dynamics and the cohesion of the group, and we aim to meet the needs of working families with our schedule.
6.  How can I get started?
Tours run alternate Wednesdays at 10am and you can register online here. We also welcome interest emails or phone calls at any time. Please drop by our Kindergarten Open House next Wednesday 3/8 from 4-6pm! Families will be able to tour the facilities, ask questions, meet Gaby, Caitlin, and Laura, and give you a feel for Radicle Roots kindergarten!
Hope to hear from you soon!







Move by Bike: 9th Street to Radicle Roots

Saying goodbye to 9th Street was bittersweet, but early Sunday morning we were filled with anticipation and excitement nonetheless. There were tubs and tubs of books packed away, bags filled with supplies and craft materials, and empty shelves ready to be loaded. The big moving day had arrived!

Around 9am, volunteers started to arrive with cargo bikes, trailers, baskets, panniers and backpacks. After grabbing coffee donated by the generous Texas Coffee Traders, people began bustling in and out of the house. Before you knew it, there was nothing left to pack. Everything flew out of the house in less than 45 minutes. It was incredible! Bikes were everywhere, each one strategically piled with supplies and securely strapped with bungees and rope.

The 3 mile ride to Red River Street was magical, slow and steady. When we arrived at the new space, everyone pitched in to unload and organize our cargo. We did it!

With the location change, we’ve transformed from 9th Street Schoolhouse into

Radicle Roots Community Schoolhouse!

We are sharing this beautiful new 2,000 sq ft space with the incredibly fun and creative Spilled Milk Social Club. This allows us to connect with on-site after-school programming, and to serve more working families with an extended day option. We have room to grow, and enrollment is still open, so get in touch with us if you’re looking to make a change in your child’s learning environment.

There are so many wonderful people to thank who helped make our move successful. Our Schoolhouse parents and students who loaded up and biked with us, you are amazing! Thank you to our family and friends who took the time to help and make the move possible, y’all really blew us away with your willingness to work hard while having fun. Thanks to the Texas Coffee Traders for fueling us with fair-trade organic caffeinated goodness. And last but not least, thanks goes to the Yellow Bike Project  for the inspiration to be all human-powered.

We also made the local news! Thanks KXAN for covering our adventure and sharing it with the community.

Here we are loading up! IMG_3653 IMG_3643 IMG_3641 IMG_3657 IMG_3659 IMG_3660 Ready to roll out! IMG_3665 IMG_3667   We arrived at our new space! IMG_3672 IMG_3676 IMG_3684



Schoolhouse Move by Bike this Sunday!

Do you have a bike with a basket? A cargo bike or trailer? Or maybe a big backpack? Come join the 9th Street Schoolhouse Move by Bike: the schoolhouse is growing and we need your wheels to help get us there!

Date: Sunday June 1st
Time: Load at 9am sharp
Meet at 2006 E. 9th St. 78702 to load. We will have coffee and doughnuts for you!
We will bike as a group to 3310 Red River to the new schoolhouse location.

This is a kid friendly bike event, as we will be riding slow and in a pack. However, you must be responsible for your own child and make sure they are road-ready, please!

Thank you for supporting our grassroots alternative learning community!
Contact Caitlin with questions:

The Schoolhouse is Growing!

We are excited to announce that we are moving to a new location!

As we will be leaving 9th Street, we will also be growing out of our old name. Introducing: Radicle Roots Community Schoolhouse!

We will be located at 3310 Red River, sharing space with the wonderful after school and summer camp program, Spilled Milk Social Club. Hooray for on-site after school care! We are so thrilled to be taking steps to bring grassroots democratic education to more families.

You’re invited! Come visit our new space!
Open House
Thursday May 22nd
from 6:30-8:00pm
3310 Red River
We’d love to show you around our new home, in the raw, accompanied by yummy snacks and beverages.

We do have openings for the 2014-2015 school year and this is a great last-chance opportunity to enroll for the fall. Hope you can make it!

Camp out at Guadalupe River State Park

Every spring we plan a camp out for our schoolhouse community. This year we headed to Guadalupe River State Park in Spring Branch, Tx. The river was beautiful, giant cypress trees lined the banks, and wildflowers sprinkled the fields. It was great to spend time with our community and get to know each other more. A few families went on morning hikes and almost all the kids went geocaching. There was even a night owl hike! In the evenings, we started a fire and gathered around to make s’mores, s’mores and more s’mores. Yum!IMG_2959 IMG_2949 IMG_2948 IMG_2946 IMG_2944 IMG_2941 IMG_2938 IMG_2936 IMG_2935 IMG_2932 IMG_2930

Puppet show and playground play

We met Progress School at Carver library for a fantastic puppet show called Grandmothers Story: A Tlinglet Tale put on by Literature LIVE! We had a great time! 


Awaiting the show

Despite some faces, we all really enjoyed the performance. 

After the show, we enjoyed time with the kids and teachers from Progress and played a few games and explored the area. 



Most importantly, there was lots of bonding going on today. Friendships and closeness were apparent and our lights were shining bright on this dreary day. 

More pictures to check out!

Week 5

We had a great time hanging out with everyone at the Potluck/Showcase last Saturday. We finally got a chance to share our work for our first unit and spend some quality time getting to know our small community. Click here for an album of photos:


Looking forward to seeing everyone at Mueller Park for our next park day – Sunday, October 21st. It’ll be a BIKE PARTY!

Wow! We have made so much progress this week for our cardboard creations. We spend most of our self directed time crafting, painting, cutting, and putting the final touches on our designs. Click here for photos!

Cardboard Creations

We will play with at the Corrugated Creations event on Saturday. New additions were a chessboard, a carwash, and a super cat palace with a scratch post. 

For lunch this week we enjoyed breakfast for lunch! Yum. We made loaded pancakes with berries, chocolate chips, and bananas. Everyone loved it! We also got to harvest our first patty squash. We will save it for next weeks lunch. We voted today to spend more time in the garden for self directed time.

Tuesday was a special day! We met at Rio’s house where we played with the physics of water and legos/Kapla blocks. Here’s an album of photos:
Building and Water play

The weather was perfect and we started inside with an explanation of the new water creek in the backyard. We learned how it was built and why there are limits for the feature. We took a vote on which we wanted to do first. Build or play with water. The verdict was to play inside while it heated up outside, then jump in to cool off. Building with kapla blocks, magna tiles, and legos was a blast! After a quick lunch inside, we put on our swimsuits and got into the beautiful creek. We explored, experimented, and played with pvc pipes and water pressure.

Caitlin’s class worked with arrays and factors this week in maths. We recorded definitions in our center journals. We took photos of arrays around the house and grounds, labeled them, and found multiplication expressions for each. We looked for factor patterns and build arrays with cubes.


In language arts, we learned how to do a dictionary dig. Sy and Rio finished a vowel sound sort and recorded words with the same vowel sounds in their center journals. Renee worked on her book project: a sequel to Chester’s Way by Keven Henkes.
In our animal unit, we perused a huge stack of animal books and began taking notes and drawing in our project binders. Each student will have an individual project focused on an animal of their choice. The whole group will learn about Texas Endangered Species and create a film as our culminating project. There are lot of other interesting facets to our study, including tracking, behavior and adaptations, animal rescue, food webs, biomes, and habitats. We’ll have a full unit for sure!
If anyone has books on Texas Endangered Species, Elephants, Frogs, or Domestic Cats, please bring them in!

Laura’s class worked on place value and numbers to 100. Mia and Jonas worked on place value and expanded form. We used a chart, number cards, and value blocks to help us with placement and practiced saying and writing the numbers. Amelia worked with the hundreds chart and practiced counting and writing numbers consecutively. We also got to work with groups of ten. The domino game and cover up game also were played due to popular demand. 
In language arts, Jonas and Mia worked with word families and practiced writing them in their journals. They also read together Six Dinner Sid, which is a favorite around here. Amelia worked on letter sounds in the alphabet as well as making words she knows using the movable alphabet. We read a Dr. Seuss book on Alphabet and alliteration. We even had time for Magic Tree House!
We all discussed our upcoming Art unit this week and decided to pick several artists, study them, and find inspiration for our own art. So far, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, O’Keeffe Da Vinci, Smithson, Matisse, Mondrian, and Nevelson have been voted on. We also decided to create our own original pieces of art that shows our style. If you have any books on these artists or are an expert in an area, we would love for you to share with us. Thank you to those who have already brought in art books! They will be put to good use. 

Preparing for a new adventure at the Schoolhouse

Welcome to a new year at 9th Street!

It has been nothing but hustle and bustle in the Schoolhouse for the past two weeks as we prepare for the upcoming year. Everyday we have made progress in the house. We cleared the backyard for more play room, organized our extensive library, centers, and learning materials, made a giant waterfall in the study room, installed a crawl in listening center, and started planning our first unit.

Last Wednesday we held our open house where our families got a chance to meet each other and the kids got a preview of the new year.

Tomorrow is the first day of the year! We are thrilled to be starting off strong and look forward to sharing our adventure with everyone.