Abercrombie Academy is a private, independent, coeducational elementary school. It is located in Spring, on its original campus off Theiss Mail Route Road. The school’s namesake founder, Cathy Abercrombie, opened the school in 1977. Her vision was to provide an educational experience in which hands-on learning featured prominently, encouraging a love of science and discovery from an early age. This mission is reflected in Abercrombie’s academic program to this day. The academy uses a comprehensive STEAM-based curriculum – science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Student competence in these five areas is developed through supervised experiments and hands-on activities.
Abercrombie Academy is not religiously affiliated.
Location and Facilities
Abercrombie Academy is situated on 4 green acres on Theiss Mail Route Road in Spring. This is the school’s original campus; at one point, there was a satellite campus on Kuykendahl Road, but it was closed several years ago when all grades were consolidated at the Theiss Mail Route Road location.
The school’s facilities include a Preschool building and playground, an Elementary building and playground, a gym, a library, a STEM lab, a computer lab, an outdoor event pavilion, and an art studio with a ceramics kiln. The main building dates to 1982; the Preschool and pavilion were built in 2009, and the computer lab was added in 2012.
The surrounding neighborhood is residential, composed primarily of large, single-family homes. More broadly, the area includes Champion Forest and Gleannloch Farms, and Theiss Elementary School is just up the road. Abercrombie is located within the bounds of Klein ISD, and while it is not affiliated with the district, it does generally follow the same calendar.
To apply for a child’s admission to Abercrombie Academy, parents should use the printable application forms available at the school’s website. In addition to the application form, the school requires an application fee of $100, an interview, and an academic screening. The interview is conducted by the Director or Principal, and the academic screening is conducted by the grade-level teacher. The screening, which tests the student’s competence in grade-appropriate foundational STEM skills, takes the place of a standard entrance exam like the ISEE.
While shadowing of current students is not a mandatory part of the admissions process, it is an option which is available upon request.
Abercrombie Academy seeks students who will push to achieve at their highest potential and who display a love of learning and respect for fellow students, particularly if they come from families which emphasize these values.
Academic Tracks and Curriculum
Abercrombie Academy has a single academic track, On-Track with a STEAM focus.
In the Elementary School, the curriculum is centered on the Rice University-designed STEMscopes program. STEMscopes incorporates a focus on hands-on experimentation and project-based learning. In addition to the science and math instruction through STEMscopes, the curriculum includes all of the standard elementary subjects as well as Spanish. The curriculum is enriched by off-campus field trips, guest speakers, on-campus theatrical performances, and a science fair.
In the Preschool, the curriculum is centered on promoting cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development, as well as instilling a love of learning. Creative play is a significant component of the preschool activities, and physical activity is incorporated through outdoor play. Students are introduced to several academic subjects in the preschool program. Spanish is introduced through songs and stories, and computer skills, language arts, and math are introduced through computer games which teach foundational concepts of language and arithmetic. Field trips are also included in the preschool program.
Abercrombie Academy is not currently equipped to work with students who have learning differences or other special needs.
Spanish is offered in grades PreK-5, and is a required component of the curriculum. In the Preschool, Spanish is incorporated into music and art activities, and in the Elementary School, children receive classroom instruction in Spanish multiple days per week.
Abercrombie Academy has programs in music, theatre arts, and the visual arts, which are incorporated into the curriculum at every grade level. The visual arts program is particularly notable – the school has its own ceramics kiln, which allows for a broader exploration of art beyond what many other elementary schools can offer.
Students have the opportunity to participate in on-campus music and theatrical performances in grades K-5. Additionally, student artwork is featured in on-campus exhibits.
Technology is incorporated into classrooms at Abercrombie from PreK onward. PreK students have the opportunity to play educational computer games. In the Elementary School, every classroom has desktop PCs, as well as a large digital screen for the teacher’s use. In both the Preschool and the Elementary School, PC computer lab can accommodate an entire class for computer-based lessons. The STEMscopes curriculum makes heavy use of online components.
While technology plays an important role at Abercrombie Academy, students are not encouraged to bring their own devices, and in fact, cell phones are expressly forbidden in the classroom.
Abercrombie Academy hosts a number of enrichment events on campus – a science fair, a “Living Museum” history fair, and language arts and visual arts fairs showcasing student work.
Extracurricular activities which meet regularly include the Spanish Club, the Computer Club, Tae Kwon Do, Art Club, and After School P.E. Abercrombie students also have the opportunity to compete in the Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) academic competition.
Abercrombie Academy does not offer interscholastic athletic programs. However, students do have the opportunity to play basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, and other sports intramurally through the After School P.E. program.
Parents can get involved through the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), which meets monthly. The PTO is responsible for facilitating classroom volunteering and organizing fundraisers throughout the year. It also organizes the annual book fair and Teacher Appreciation Week.
Parents can also help to prepare students for the PSIA competition.
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17102 Theiss Mail Rte Rd, Spring, TX 77379