Austin Trinity

An independent K-8 Episcopal day school five miles from the heart of Austin

Academic Extensions


Benefits of the Extensions Model

  • Increases the rate of learning.
  • Breaks traditional structures by grouping students across a grade and shifting to mastery-based learning.
  • Develops teachers’ skills related to data-driven instruction, competency and blended-learning practices.

Keys to the Extensions Model

  • Students spend one hour, four times per week focusing on core skills in reading, writing and math.
  • Students across a grade level are grouped according to mastery, and learn in small, blended groups.
  • Groups are fluid, and students move between groups as learning goals are mastered.
  • Multiple grade-level teachers, teaching fellows, specialists and other faculty are matched with each group based on instructional needs.
  • Face-to-face instruction is combined with online teaching tools (i.e., blended learning).

Benefits of a Blended-Learning Approach in Extensions

  • Instruction that might otherwise be limited is more authentic and personalized.
  • Allows for advancement, purposeful structuring of skill and practice, and immediate and targeted feedback.
  • Engagement levels rise, and connections are made.
  • The classroom “ceiling” is lifted as every child benefits from instruction that is tailored and responsive.
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