Abrome

Location: Austin and everywhere online
Students served: ages 10 and up
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: $6,000 per year
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: 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 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

Acton Academy West Austin

Location: Westlake/Rollingwood area, serving West Austin
Students served: ages 6–10 for 2015 elementary school (will grow into grades 1st–12th)
Current enrollment: now enrolling for fall of 2015, with a maximum of 15 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.
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: M. Scott Tatum
admissions@ahbcs.org

Austin Rising School

Location: Southwest Austin
near the Y in Oak Hill
Students served: ages 6–14
Current enrollment: 31
Model/philosophy: Created by homeschooling families striving to create an affordable 2–3 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. It is a responsive classroom environment where 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.
Special features: A holistic mindset following developmentally appropriate time lines; arts-integrated and project-based learning in cross-curricular modules; yoga and meditation; academically rigorous curriculum for middle school students that prepares them to excel in high school and higher education; curriculum for the three lower groups consisting of academic blocks spanning all major content areas
Tuition: $260 per month ($2,080 per year)
Contact: Michelle Kindig or 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: 24–32
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. 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; special weekly class “The 4th R” focused on relationships, mindfulness, and conflict resolution.
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

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 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