Community

“Community” is our Middle Name

When our school was founded in 1991, the name “Parkside Community School” was chosen to highlight the intention of founders Joe and Claire Bruno to create a true community that would become a source of joy and support to school families and friends.

CommSimpleGiftsIn 1996, Parkside Community School founder Joe Bruno traveled to China with a U.S. educational delegation. In the schools they visited, the children gathered each morning to participate in synchronized dance movement. Struck by how this daily ritual gave everyone a strong sense of belonging, Joe was inspired to bring this community building concept to Parkside. Since then, our weekly Simple Gifts ceremony has offered all of our children and any interested parents the opportunity to participate in group singing and dancing, using the historical Shaker song “Simple Gifts” as our foundation.

Our schools show that children of different ages help one another. There are many things which no teacher can convey to a child of three,
but a child of five can do it with ease.
–Maria Montessori

Over the years, the intention to create loving community has manifested in other ways as well. For example, we gather for weekend camping trips in the fall and spring, as well as for special student performances and school-wide events throughout the year.

If you’re new to Parkside, we welcome your family, and can’t wait to have you as part of our family.

“Parkside has a wonderful reputation in the Montessori community of Austin, and thus intrigued us. But what kept us at Parkside is the love and support we feel from the teachers, admin, directors, and community. Our primary teachers were more than just "guides" -- they obviously cared for my children in my absence. And Joe and Claire are the loving shepherds of a small flock of eager sheep.”
The Scotts