Opt Out Academy

The Opt Out Academy is at Kindred Church, 2515 Waugh in Montrose each day of testing from 8am-3pm.  As of the first of May, Opt Out Academy is full. Please feel free to sign up for the waiting list here. If spaces open up we will email you.

MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT: Opt Out Sign Up-Greater Houston Area atbit.ly/optout2017signup or Texas Roll Call here


WHEN: 3rd-8th grade STAAR testing & makeup days. Space limited to 35 students.

May 8-12: Reservations open

TIME: 8:00am-3:00pm

WHERE:  Kindred Lutheran Church, 2515 Waugh Dr

WHAT: The Opt Out Academy is a temporary school run by CVPE teachers and parents. It is a safe and educational environment where children can stay during opt out days so that parents can go to work and children will not have any interruptions in their learning.

COST: Free. The Opt Out Academy is free. However, if you are able, we would strongly encourage you to donate to offset building costs and supplies and to support CVPE as an organization. A suggested donation is $25-$100 per week of participation in the Opt Out Academy. Donate here or in person during opt out academy.


  1. Media and medical release form available here. The forms will also be available at the Opt Out Academy.
  2. A sack lunch, a snack, and a bottle of water. Also, if your child normally receives free or reduced price lunch at school, please let us know so that we can prepare a lunch for him/her. (Let us know of any dietary restrictions.)

The Opt Out Academy provides the following:

1.)   Instruction by experienced teachers and trusted parent volunteers

2.)  Activities that encourage joyful learning and that promote creativity and critical thinking: creative writing, hands on math, science experiments, arts and crafts, drama, storytelling, social justice education, and more

3.) A much-needed break from multiple choice

4.) Plenty of opportunities for recess, outdoor play, physical activity, and “brain breaks,” since research shows that these are crucial for learning and brain development

5.) A fun, safe, respectful learning environment for your child while you are at work

Participating teachers:

Alicia Verdier will be available all nine days and will be teaching science and art. She has experience as a guest instructor at Allen Elementary and at Ann Arbor Preschool and Family Center. She worked as a camp activities coordinator for Green Meadows Girl Scout Council and for Crawford County Girl Scout camps.  She also helped run a day camp for the children of migrants farmers, and she managed an activities camp for Lincoln Trail Community College. She has taught classes in multiple types of arts and crafts, including sculpture, Ukrainian Pysanky eggs, Rainbow Loom, drawing, and t-shirt design.  She has also taught science and nature activities, including nature walks, insect classification, fossil identification, owl pellet dissection, and Science Olympiad. (Resume and references available upon request.)

Michelle Tovar-Garcia is a former upper elementary Bilingual Teacher and is now the Associate Director of Education-Spanish Outreach and Latin American Initiatives at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Her work includes outreach to bilingual school programs, creating community educational workshops, and partnering with local and national Latino-serving organizations. She was a 2015 fellow with the Smithsonian Latino Center and an advocate for Mexican American Studies/Ethnic studies in PK-12.

Sarah Rivlin is a certified K-12 teacher with an English degree from Princeton University, an MA in English from NYU, and another MA in Teaching English from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She took master’s level courses in elementary education at the University of Houston.  She has her Texas Standard Certificates in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 4-8 and 8-12 and her generalist certificate for early childhood-grade 6.  She has nine years of teaching experience in 4th-9th grades. She worked in Houston ISD for three years.

If you would like to coordinate your own Opt Out Academy, here is our Opt Out Academy How To Guide. Please use it to start your own, no matter how large or small. And please let us know if you do so we can advise you: houstoncvpe@gmail.com.






























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