Abrome

Location: Bee Cave / West Lake Hills
Students served:  Ages 9–16 or grades 4th–11th
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2016; maximum of 30
Model/philosophy: Progressive, non-coercive, and self-directed. A psychologically safe space where young people of all ages come together to create their own deep, meaningful, and enduring learning experiences that will allow them to lead remarkable lives by the age of 18. Abrome Learners may launch a company, start a social movement, create beautiful works of art, master a trade, or get into Harvard or Stanford. What matters is that they do it with agency, intention, and purpose. Significant emphasis on a culture of numeracy and literacy.
Special features: No homework, classes, or grades. Instead, each Learner goes through a cyclical process of identifying their unique needs, goals, and interests, and then, through collaboration with Learning Coaches, peers, and members of their community, embarking upon a learning journey that will allow them to demonstrate excellence and intellectual vitality. Elite college admissions: Almost 50 percent of past consulting clients have gained admission into Harvard or Stanford, and 75 percent have gained admission into a top 10 college or university.
Schedule: 10am–4pm Monday–Friday. Learners may come as early as 9am. Will operate on an 11-month schedule with long breaks over holidays and for spring break. By the time Learners are in their teenage years, they will likely spend significant time engaged in learning experiences in the community during the day, in addition to at Abrome.
Tuition:
Ages 6–12: $13,000–15,000 plus fees
Ages 13–18: $14,000–16,000 plus fees
Part-time is not an option. 
Contact: Antonio Buehler | 989-312-3648 | antonio@abrome.com

Acton Academy

Location: East Austin
2201 Alexander Ave.
Austin, TX 78722
Students served:
Elementary School, ages 6 through 10
Middle School, ages 11 through 14
High School (launching in 2015–2016), ages 14 through 18
Current enrollment: 70 (maximum of 36 per “school”)
Model/philosophy: Every child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way. The school’s mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters the doors to find that calling and develop the passion to pursue it.
Special features: Online adaptive software for math and language, project-based learning, Socratic discussion groups, examination of the Hero’s Journey and how it applies personally to each student
Tuition: $865 per month for 11 months ($9,515 total per year)
Contact: Laura Sandefer, Head of School | info@actonacademy.org

Acton Academy West Austin

Location: West Austin, serving Westlake & Rollingwood areas
3706 Bonnie Road
Austin, TX 78703
Students served: Ages 6–13 for 2016 elementary & middle school (will grow into HS grades 9th–12th)
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for fall of 2016, with a maximum of 45 students
Model/philosophy: Every child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way. The school’s mission is to inspire each child to find that calling and develop the passion to pursue it.  The founders believe that “learning to do” and “learning to be” are even more important than “learning to know.”
Special features: Acton is a student-led, self-paced environment. The school uses online adaptive software for math and language, project-based learning, Socratic discussion groups, and examination of the Hero’s Journey and how it applies personally to each student.
Schedule: 8:30am–3:15pm Monday–Friday (8:00–8:30am arrival; classes start promptly at 8:30am); follows an 11-month trimester calendar that allows for students to have extended breaks throughout the year and maintains their interests and retention by shortening the summer break
Tuition: $965 a month for 11 months ($10,615 total per year)
Contact: Jayme Bynum, Head of School | jaymebynum@gmail.com

AHB Community School

Location: North Central Austin
4001 Speedway
Austin, TX 78753
Students served: Ages 5 through 13+
Current enrollment: 72 (capped at 81)
Model/philosophy: A creative and collaborative educational alternative that cultivates authentic, balanced critical thinkers who are prepared for a life of learning and community engagement. Progressive, interdisciplinary, inquiry- and project-based.
Special features: 4- and 3-day week; optional 5th-day extension program for Delta Middle Years students; multi-age classes; team teaching; hands-on, project-based instruction; nongraded; parent involvement required; new Comet Girls program providing logistical and financial support for girls to help make part-time private schooling work for their families
Tuition: $6,000–$7,500 per year (paid in 1, 2, or 10 payments), plus fees; some assistance available through Comet Girls program
Contact: admissions@ahbcs.org

Apple Blossom Center for Discovery

Location: Cedar Park/Leander
3500 County Road 175
Leander, TX 78641
Students served: Pre-K 4 through 8th grade; currently enrolling Pre-K through 5th and planning to add grades as the students complete them
Current enrollment: 10 (maximum of 30)
Model/philosophy: ABCD is based on the Finnish education model, with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and hands-on lessons. We believe every child is capable and will be successful when every family belongs to a supportive educational community. As a hub for community, creativity, and academic excellence, Apple Blossom Center for Discovery will provide children with the elements of success.
Special features: Located on 2 shaded acres; small class sizes; extended school day (8am–4pm); loads of outdoor time; project-based curriculum
Tuition:
Full-time: $10,500 per year
Part-time: $8,500 (8am–1pm daily)
Registration fee: $250 for new families; $150 for currently enrolled families
     Extras (monthly contract):
     Before-school care (7am–8am): $150/month
     After-school care (4:30pm–6pm): $180/month
     Both before- and after-school care: $275/month
     Single/Incidental Fees (no contract):
     Before-school care: $10 per day
     After-school care $12 per day
     Late pickup fee (after 6pm): $25
Contact: Tonya Nartowicz, Executive Director, t.nartowicz@abcdaustin.org | Gina Bennette, Curriculum Director, g.bennette@abcdaustin.org | 512-213-4944

Austin Rising School

Location: Southwest Austin (behind the YMCA in Oak Hill)
Students served: ages 6–11
Current enrollment: 35
Model/philosophy: Created by homeschooling families striving to create an affordable two-day academic and enrichment learning environment following a holistic approach, ARS is a hybrid co-op with highly talented paid teachers in addition to parent-taught classes where families take turns teaching what they are excited to teach. ARS is a family environment where relationships are nurtured among students, teachers, and families and kindness and empathy are the school culture; the primary focus is on the emotional intelligence of each child through the empathy-based Kids of Kindness Club curriculum as well as yoga and meditation.
Special features: Holistic mindset following developmentally appropriate timelines; arts-integrated and project-based learning in cross-curricular modules; curriculum consists of academic blocks spanning all major content areas.
Tuition: $375–$455 per month
Contact: Michelle Larios | learnmore@austinrisingschool.com

Austin Village Academy

Location: South Austin
4105 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78704
Students served: K through 8th grade
Current enrollment: 24
Model/philosophy: Austin EcoSchool believes that all children are born whole, perfect, and complete. It is the role of educators to help provide them with the tools, strategies, and habits of mind necessary to realize their dreams and make a difference in the world. The school partners with students, parents, and teachers to create individualized learning plans designed to support each student's growth and development —academically, socially, and emotionally.
Special features: 4-day week with an optional Friday program; structured, core academic classes emphasizing hands-on, project-based learning; special classes including Spanish, arts, EcoStudies, and “The 4th R” (focused on relationships, mindfulness, and conflict resolution); exploration-based learning all day Thursdays through Game of Village and historically themed role-playing games; low student-teacher ratios; student-to-student mentoring; individualized services for families of children with a range of special needs through a partnership with Teaching2gether.
Tuition: $8,000 per year plus fees; sibling discounts; payment plans, financial assistance, and work-trade options available on a case-by case basis
Contact: Cheryl Kruckeberg | 512-447-8516 | info@austinvillageacademy.org

Capitol School of Austin

Location: North Central Austin
2011 W. Koenig Lane
Austin, Texas 78756
Students served: young children, ages preschool (2.5 years) through 4th grade, who have been diagnosed with speech, language, and learning differences
Current enrollment: 50 students
Model/philosophy: Capitol School’s mission is to provide an enriched learning environment where children with speech, language, and learning differences can reach their full potential and develop skills necessary to succeed in future educational settings. Capitol School offers therapy-based, low-ratio, individualized school programs led by speech-language professionals or special educators.
Special features: Most of Capitol School’s students have a diagnosed language/learning difference, and up to a third are typically developing children who benefit from the language-rich, small-group setting while acting as peer models for language-impaired classmates. This inclusive model benefits both types of students as curriculum goals are tailored to each child’s individual needs and focus on language development, which is fundamental for early learning.
Tuition: $12,150–$14,700 per year, depending on the grade level (paid in monthly installments), $125 application fee, $75 annual registration fee; assistance available for families earning below Austin-area moderate income levels.
Contact: Tami Leeper | 512-467-7006 | admission@capitolschool.com

Cherrywood Academy

Location: East Austin
Students served: Ages 3–6
Current enrollment: now enrolling for Fall 2015
Model/philosophy: Montessori inspired for seriously curious young learners. The school’s mission is to inspire and encourage children by giving them the tools and confidence to begin a hero’s journey guided by curiosity, creativity, and compassion.
Special features: Montessori approach, Socratic discussions, and small-group projects
Tuition: $825 per month for 11 months; $1,000 enrollment deposit
Contact: Leah Fairhurst, Head of School | cherrywoodacademy@gmail.com

Clearview Sudbury School

Location: Central East Austin
1507 Wilshire Blvd.
Austin, TX 78722
Students served: Ages 5 through 18
Current enrollment: 50
Model/philosophy: Sudbury model
Special features: Self-directed learning in a democratic, multi-age community; full respect for students and intellectual freedom
Schedule: 8am–5pm Monday–Friday; follows AISD calendar
Tuition: $7,500 per year; sibling discounts and tuition assistance available
Contact: Kimberly Engleman | 512-524-0085 | office@clearviewsudburyschool.org