Frisco Homeschool Arts Academy

 INTEGRATING ARTS & EDUCATION

What is our Homeschool Arts Academy?

The Acting Studio Homeschool Arts Academy offers homeschool classes that integrate performing and visual arts with math, science, language arts and history.

Learn to think like a producer (entrepreneur), prop master (science), set designer (engineer), costume designer (visual arts), playwright (language arts), composer (math), director (leadership), choreographer (creative expression), marketing director (creative design), as well as an actor (communications and human resources).

Our curriculum intertwines project-based, student-led learning with individualized lesson plans. Students have the option to take multiple classes as a full-time Homeschool Arts Academy student, take multi-class blocks, or take individual classes to enrich their homeschool education plans.

Course Descriptions

Core subjects are explored through creative, fine and performing arts. Led by instructor Kim Daniels, a Montessori teacher with over 20 years of experience, each student will have an individualized curriculum presented with Montessori-inspired manipulatives based on their academic needs in spelling, expressive/written language, reading, grammar, mathematics, geometry, graphing, fractions and decimals.

The curriculum in these classes is structured to complement the curriculum in the Cultures block classes. It may be taken in conjunction with any of those classes, or on its own.

Choir

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of choral music—including reading music, healthy vocal technique, and how to sing in harmony. Instruction also covers handbells and beginning and intermediate piano.

Acting

Students will explore the history of theatre, while developing a solid foundation for their acting technique. Students will also learn acting exercises, improv skills, monologues, and scene work.

Dance/Movement/Physical Education

Students will explore different styles of dance and movement, while incorporating physical education and fitness through fun games, activities, and exercises.

Friday Fun Day

This class time will allow for related field trips or rehearsals for events.

The curriculum in these classes is structured to complement the curriculum in the Arts Afternoon block classes. It may be taken in conjunction with any of those classes, or on its own.

Geography: Musicals from Around the World

Topics include map studies, global demographics, man-made and natural wonders, and multicultural exploration of arts throughout the world.

Zoology: The Lion King the Musical

Topics include animal classification, predator vs. prey, how animals meet their needs, habitats, life cycles, carrying capacity, food chains, comparative anatomy of external and internal parts, human anatomy, and nutrition.

History: Hamilton, an American Musical & 1776

Topics include the major cornerstones of American history, such as the Bill of Rights and the entire Declaration of Independence, as well as the story of the Star-Spangled Banner, an overview of our American branches of government, a comprehensive timeline of U.S. history, and biographies of famous Americans like Alexander Hamilton.

Botany: The Secret Garden the Musical

Topics include plant classification, respiration, photosynthesis, pollination, indigenous plants, venation, leaf margins, root systems, plants as medicine, and plant-based medicine.

Students begin the day balanced and centered through traditional yoga practices mixed with games and stillness meditation.

Yoga is available for block students as well as students taking individual classes. Students registered for block classes receive yoga at a discounted rate.

Tuition Packages & Scheduling

Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 8am – 3:15pm

Tuition:

  • Annual: $8960.40
  • Semester: $4480.20
  • Monthly: $896.04*

*If paying monthly, families must enroll in our auto-pay system and abide by Acting Studio policies regarding tuition.

Full-Time Core Subject Block

Days: M-F
Times: 9am – 12pm

Tuition:

  • $2354.40/semester (18 weeks)
  • $4708.80/year

Part-Time Core Subject Block

Days: M/W/F or T/Th/F
Times: 9am – 12pm

Tuition:

  • $1412.64/semester (18 weeks)
  • $2825.28/year

Arts Afternoon Block

Days: M/W/F
Times: 1-3:15pm

Tuition:

  • $1059.48/semester (18 weeks)
  • $2118.96/year

Cultures Block

Days: T/Th
Times: 1-3:15pm

Tuition:

  • $706.32/semester (18 weeks)
  • $1412.64/year

Lunch/Recess

The lunch/recess block is only available for students enrolled as full-time or block class students. Students socialize and play (outside weather permitting) for one hour under the supervision of an instructor. Please note that lunch is not provided; students should bring their own meals.

  • $180/semester (18 weeks)
  • $360/year

Yoga

Days: M-F
Times: 8-9am

Tuition:

  • $180/semester (18 weeks)
  • $360/year

Yoga

Days: M-F
Times: 8-9am

Tuition:

  • $75/month* (unlimited classes)
  • $5 drop-in class

If paying monthly, families must enroll in our auto-pay system and abide by Acting Studio policies regarding tuition.

Choir

Days: Monday
Times: 1-2pm

Tuition: $85/month

If paying monthly, families must enroll in our auto-pay system and abide by Acting Studio policies regarding tuition.

Acting

Days: Monday
Times:
2-3:15pm

Note: The last 15 minutes of the day are reserved for packing up/cleaning up.

Tuition: $75/month

If paying monthly, families must enroll in our auto-pay system and abide by Acting Studio policies regarding tuition.

Dance, Movement & Physical Education

Days: Wednesday
Times:
1-3:15pm

Note: The last 15 minutes of the day are reserved for packing up/cleaning up.

Tuition: $125/month

If paying monthly, families must enroll in our auto-pay system and abide by Acting Studio policies regarding tuition.

Admission Requirements

Admission is by interview only, with applicants reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must be between 6-12 years old. At this time, our Homeschool Arts Academy is only offered at our Frisco studio location.

Educators

Kim has taught Montessori to school-aged children for 20 years. In addition, she has homeschooled her own children—all five of them, who are wonderfully different!—for the past three years.

Kim believes strongly that children all have unique learning styles and academic needs, and that they consistently thrive when given the opportunity to explore their individual interests in a supportive environment. “When we meet children where they are, and encourage them to reach their full potential through their natural curiosity, we create a learning environment that creates success,” she explains. “I think our hands-on, experience- and project-based model will help children become excited about learning, while enabling them to follow their passion for the arts.”

In addition to founding and directing operations at the Acting Studio, Erica has been homeschooling her daughter since 2015. Like many families, Erica and her husband felt it was best to explore different educational options for their child, even though they’d had an extremely successful experience in public school.

The decision to homeschool blended well with the Acting Studio’s philosophy that every student is on their own journey, and that every child should be treated with respect and kindness. “At the Studio, we expect excellence, not perfection. We encourage curiosity, creativity and courage,” says Erica. “My personal philosophy, as a teacher and as a parent, is that every child can and will succeed in an environment where they are encouraged to take risks and make mistakes, where they know that they are loved and respected, and where they belong—no matter what. The Acting Studio Homeschool Arts Academy was created to give students who have a love for theatre the opportunity to integrate that passion with their education. I believe deeper learning occurs when one is passionate and curious about the subject at hand.”

For Erica’s professional resume, please click here.