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Austin is home to an unusual number of unusual schools, and Alt Ed Austin is here to help you find them.

Whether you’re just beginning to look at elementary school options outside the system of high-stakes testing and disappearing recesses, navigating the murky waters of middle school, or helping your less-than-fulfilled teen find a more inspiring learning environment and a sense of belonging, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re new here, you might want to start at the Alternative School Directory, where small independent private schools are listed in alphabetical order along with their locations, ages/grades served, philosophies, and other basics (for more details, visit each school’s website/blog by clicking on its name in the directory). You can also find schools near you on the Map of Alternative Schools. And make a habit of checking the Calendar, which features school information sessions, open houses, and more.

There are more places to learn than K–12 schools, though, and you’ll find plenty of these here as well. For the very young, visit the directory of Alternative Preschools. Searching for a summer camp experience like no other? Look here first. For after-school enrichment, weekend workshops, and other unique learning opportunities for the whole family, visit the frequently updated list of More Alt Ed Programs often. And if you want to learn more about alternative education in general or explore a particular theory or model in depth, you’ll find helpful resources in the Alt Ed Universe.

Feeling overwhelmed by all the options? Not sure how to narrow them down to find the best fit for your kid? Get personal help through Alt Ed Austin’s family consultation services. Sign up for a group workshop or a private session today and get the advice you need at affordable rates from a knowledgeable and trusted source.

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