We believe schools should serve the communities they are in, so we work as a school to better our world.
Spyrja's Motto is "Vist - Hreysti - Vegr": Truth, Courage, and Honor. These are the principles on which Spyrja stands.
We constantly seek the truth. Not subjective, malleable truth, but the clear, natural truths in both ourselves and the world.
We are courageous. We jump into conversations that may make us uncomfortable. We take risks and are rewarded greatly.
We honor ourselves, our families, and our communities. We acknowledge that everyone is on their own journeys and we can only be positive members of our communities if we are honest with ourselves and those around us.
Spyrja serves learners in the 9th through 12th grade in New Braunfels, TX and the surrounding areas. We aim to provide a unique micro-school educational experience for our high schoolers, giving them a mix of traditional academic and hands-on, problem-based instruction. Our students can look forward to master classes taught by area professionals, community betterment activities, sports and drama, and more!
Schools should serve the communities they are in. Because of this, we have community service projects going on year round. As we grow, our students will create and lead community service projects that they are passionate about and will have, once complete, huge positive impacts on our amazing city and beyond.
We've all been there: once the bell rang, we grabbed our backpacks and headed to Math. Then, the bell would ring again and we'd walk over to Science, and so the day would go. But, what if we instead learned about triangles through the philosophy of Pythagoras? What if we read Edwin Abbott's Flatland while dissecting 3-dimensional shapes? At Spyrja Academy, we'll do just that.
We study our material through an integrated curriculum, one in which multiple concepts from a variety of disciplines are incorporated, providing different angles of understanding.
Not everyone learns at the same pace, so we don't have any expectation our learners will navigate through the curriculum together. We've prepared for that. With the small class sizes we have, and with the built in intervention time on Fridays and throughout the week, our learners will have multiple opportunities to either get caught up or get ahead.
Jourdan, born and bred Texan, is a lifelong educator, having been in the classroom since 2009, teaching everything from English and History to Algebra and Theatre. He obtained his Masters in Education in 2014 and has used that degree as a private, alternative high school administrator. His mission is to teach scholars how to think.
He and his wife and daughter, and two dogs, live in New Braunfels. You'll likely find Jourdan next to his smoker making some brisket or reading out on his back patio. He's a published poet, stage actor, and has played the same saxophone since 1995.
Spyrja's principles are founded in Bloom's Two-Sigma Problem, wherein researcher Benjamin Bloom discovered that learners who receive direct individual or small group tutoring advance faster than their peers and retain more content.
We adhere to Tom Guskey's research on mastery learning and strive to ensure our kids move on to new content when they're able. Within this framework, we fully realize a constructivist theory in practice. All our learners do best when they are introduced to new knowledge in ways that seat that content within their constructed mental networks. We see better retention, greater neuroplasticity, and higher confidence levels when our kids learn in their own way, making connections that make sense to them.
Spyrja Academy of New Braunfels was founded in 2023 by Jourdan Simmang, who had always felt the world of education was in dire need of a stirring. Through his years of teaching, he's found monumental success in student achievement through blended learning that addresses the unique learner needs. He felt it was time to start a private, alternative high school that brings learners together through the pursuit of truth, courage, and honor.
In January of 2023, Spyrja Academy was selected as a Founding school member of the KaiPod Catalyst program. This has provided Spyrja the opportunity to move beyond a dream and become a reality. You can find KaiPod here.
Big news! We are the Texas recipient for the 2023 STEM microgrant from Mars Initiative Their program is focused on funding projects that bring outer space into the classroom and inspire the next generation of explorers! We are looking forward to purchasing our first school reflecting telescope