Abrome

Location: Austin and everywhere online
Students served: Young people ages 10–18; 8- and 9-year-olds considered under unique circumstances
Current enrollment: 7 Learners; open enrollment
Model/philosophy: Abrome is based on the axiom that young people are competent and active knowledge seekers who learn best through experiences such as play, conversation, investigation, and experimentation. The program helps young people lead remarkable lives in the present as the best preparation for the future. See Abrome’s mission and vision.
Special features: A community that promotes autonomy and intrinsic motivation; learning happens all the time, so Abrome is accessible during weekends and evenings; coercion free; no teachers, curriculum, or instruction; research-based approach that treats young people as adults; nationwide network of peers; one-on-one sessions with Learning Coaches; elite college prep if desired
Tuition: $5,200 per year, $2,860 per half year, or $1,560 per quarter
Contact: Antonio Buehler  512-785-3767
hello@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: 42 (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  512-320-0596
lsandefer@actonmail.org

Acton Academy North

Location: Round Rock
22A Chisholm Trail
Round Rock, TX 78681
Students served:
Elementary School, ages 6 through 10
Middle School, ages 11 through 14
High School, ages 14 through 18
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2014, with a maximum of 12 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 and parent who enters the doors to find that calling and develop the passion to pursue it, and to equip students to love learning through apprenticeship and entrepreneurship utilizing the Montessori and Socratic methods in a project-based environment
Special features: 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 Tuition: $625 per month for 12 months ($8,500 total per year; this includes a $1,000 nonrefundable deposit)
Contact: Deborah Castellano, Founding Co-owner and Head of School  512-412-2606  Deborah@actonacademynorth.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
Tuition: $6,000–$7,500 per year (paid in 1, 2, or 10 payments), plus fees
Contact: M. Scott Tatum
admissions@ahbcs.org

Austin EcoSchool

Location: South Austin
4105 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78704
Students served: K through 9th grade
Current enrollment: 24
Model/philosophy: Austin EcoSchool believes that all children are born whole, perfect, and complete. It is the role of edu- cators 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. The program includes structured, core academic classes, Game of Village, Spanish, arts, and community service.
Special features: 4-day week with an optional Friday program; exploration-based learning all day Thursdays through Game of Village and historically themed role-playing games; low student-teacher ratios; student-to-student mentoring; hands-on, project-based learning; mixed-age classrooms; student involvement in decisions
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@austin-ecoschool.org

Austin Rising School

Location: Southwest Austin
Near the Y in Oak Hill
Students served: ages 7–13
Current enrollment: 25
Model/philosophy: Created by homeschooling families striving to create an affordable 2-day academic and enrichment learning environment following a holistic approach, ARS is a 100% not-for-profit hybrid co-op with highly talented paid teachers in addition to parent-taught classes. Parental and family involvement will be through “parent passion” classes, where families take turns teaching what they are excited to teach.
Special features: Holistic mindset following developmentally appropriate time lines; arts-integrated and project-based learning in cross-curricular modules; a family environment where relationships are nurtured among students, teachers, and families; a responsive classroom environment where kindness and empathy are the school culture; primary focus on the emotional intelligence of each child through the empathy-based Kids of Kindness Club curriculum; yoga/ meditation /quiet study areas
Tuition: $200 per month ($1,400 per year)
Contact: Michelle Kindig or Michelle Larios
learnmore@austinrisingschool.com

Clearview Sudbury School

Location: Central East Austin
1507 Wilshire Blvd.
Austin, TX 78722
Students served: ages 5 through 19
Current enrollment: 31
Model/philosophy: Sudbury model
Special features: Self-directed learning in a democratic, multi-age community; full respect for students and intellectual freedom
Tuition: $7,000 per year; sibling discounts and tuition assistance available
Contact: Kimberly Engleman  512-524-0085
office@clearviewsudburyschool.org

Cornerstone Academy

Location: Northwest Austin
Students served: upper elementary and middle school students of all learning styles
Current enrollment: 8 students currently enrolled; limited spaces available
Model/philosophy: Honoring and strengthening each child’s innate gift of curiosity and love of learning; supporting a cohesive community of unique learners as they develop a strong foundation of fundamental math and language skills; the core of daily school experience rests in purposeful learning tasks that prepare students not only for further academic endeavors, but also for life
Special features: 4-day week (M–Th, 9am–2pm); fully integrated morning math & language arts classes using science and social studies as portals for discovery; afternoon exploration of students’ own interests; certified teachers with many years of homeschooling experience and trained to help students with special needs (dyslexia, dysgraphia, mood disorders, gifted/talented, and others); registered nurse and librarian/information specialist on campus
Tuition: $3,500 per semester; aftercare 2:00–2:30pm, $5 per day; $300 per semester discount for parents who volunteer 2 hours per week; sibling discount
Contact: Catherine Cotman  409-363-0670
cornerstoneacademyaustin@gmail.com