Location: Bee Cave / West Lake Hills
Students served:  Ages 5–19 or grades K–12th
Current enrollment: 7; maximum of 30 (2017–2018)
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. Abrome Learners have agency, intention, and purpose.
Special features: No homework, classes, testing, 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 allows 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. Year-round, 210-day academic calendar. Learners are encouraged to take 30 days off per year for day trips, camps, internships, family vacations, etc. 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: $13,590–16,191 plus fees; some financial aid/scholarships available. Part-time is not an option, but attendance is optional.
Contact: Antonio Buehler | 989-312-3648 | antonio@abrome.com

Acton Academy

Location: East Austin (see other locations in Westlake and North 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: 80 (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: $882 per month for an 11-month school 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 (Hyde Park neighborhood)
4001 Speedway
Austin, TX 78753
Students served: Ages 5 through 13+
Current enrollment: 56 students for 3-day program, 30 students for Monday STEAM/Labs, 15 students for Friday Lab run by The Hermes Lab
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: 5-, 4-, and 3-day week options; Monday & Friday programs are for current AHB students, any K–8th grader who has Mondays or Fridays open, and homeschoolers; multi-age classes; team teaching; hands-on, project-based instruction; nongraded; parent involvement required; rolling admissions, with private tours given by the Executive Director on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 and 12:30-2:30pm; day visit for students and families applying for admission.
Tuition: $6,200–$7,700 per year (paid in 1, 2, or 10 payments), plus fees; some financial aid/scholarships available
Contact: Mary Williams, Executive Director | hello@ahbcs.org | 512-299-5487

Aldea Verde Pre-School

Location: Cedar Park
903 Royal Ln
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Students served: Ages 18 months to 5 years
Current enrollment: Accepting applications for waiting list
Model/philosophy: Aldea Verde is a Spanish immersion nature preschool that loves science, colors, music, exploration, and free play. AV students rotate between math, yoga, English, Zumba, science, and estimulación temprana classes.
Special features: Preschool yoga, Montessori-inspired English class, mud pies, music, masa, face paint, butterflies, birds, and bunnies! This Spanish immersion preschool focuses on creativity, nature, exploration, and independence!
Schedule: 7:30am–5:30pm Monday–Friday, with part-time options available
Tuition: See the school’s website for rates for the various part-time and full-time options.
Contact: Ana Luisa Westigard | 512-693-4990 or 512-716-9124 | info@aldeaverdeschool.com

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
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 (7:30am–8am): $150/month
     After-school care (4:00pm–5:30pm): $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); opening a north location in 2017 (exact location TBA)
Students served:  grades K–6 (Southwest location); grades 1–5 (North location)
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 STEM Academy

Location: Central Austin
3701 Kerbey Lane
Austin, TX 78731
Students served: 18 months to school age
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for afternoon preschool program
Model/philosophy: Young children learn everything through play. They are hard-wired to learn language at a rapid rate and are eager and curious about their world and how it works. As they play they critically explore big concepts. Offering varied and open-ended opportunities to explore these concepts and the social landscape of school through fun engaging STEM activities. A day filled with tinkering, experimenting, creating and enjoying each other.
Special features: A science lab designed for preschoolers with a light table and microscope; afternoon Spanish language lessons; low ratios (1:5); extensive outdoor classroom and gardens; a historic location in Central Austin that juxtaposes perfectly with the school’s aim to write a new chapter of Austin history
Schedule: Open from 8–6pm Monday–Friday, with flexible scheduling options to best meet your needs
Tuition: Monthly tuition ranges from $275 to $1,250 to best suit all families’ needs; low registration fees and low annual supply fee
Contact: Jessica Edgar, Director | 512-763-7202 | jessica@austinstemacademy.com

Austin Thrive Preschool

Location: North Central Austin
915 Maryland Dr.
Austin TX 78758
(100 yards from Lanier High School, between 183 and IH-35)
Students served: Ages 6 weeks to 5 years
Current enrollment: 7; now enrolling for Fall 2016; maximum of 12 children
Model/philosophy: A play-based,  licensed home preschool that endeavors to see each child thrive while balancing these four aspects of early childhood education: character development, social-emotional skill building, child-initiated learning, and teacher-guided experiences
Special features: Both full-time and part-time options available; also offering preparation for the transition to public, private, or homeschool
Schedule: 7:30am–5:30pm Monday–Friday, year-round
Tuition: $800 per month full-time
Contact: Summer Jung, Owner/Director | 512-537-0711 | info@austinthrivepreschool.com

Beta School of Austin

Location: Central Austin
4314 Medical Parkway, Suite 101
Austin, TX 78756
Students served: Ages 11–14. Beta is currently admitting middle school–aged students who have an abiding interest in learning that motivates a strong work ethic. Beta conducts the admissions program without respect to race, color, religious disposition, creed, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Current enrollment: 6 students (2 more spots currently open)
Model/philosophy: Beta is an Austin micro-school that is a collaborative effort between parents, teachers, and students. Its goal is to put into practice what works best for the children to become literate, capable, diligent, critical thinkers who have learned to persevere and become active members of the school community. Beta School believes that children need to be provided with instruction that is as individualized as possible. Beta students feel safe and respected and gain a wealth of experiences as well a sense of accomplishment from all of their hard work.
Special features: Beta School of Austin provides a relaxed, homelike environment. It is a great place for gifted students, students with anxiety issues, high-achieving students, and students with attention issues who would benefit from a very small group environment.
Schedule: 9:30am–3:30pm Monday–Friday. Follows AISD calendar.
Tuition: $16,000 per year
Contact: Pamela Nicholas, Head of School | 512-808-6735 | admin@austinbetaschool.org

The Boys’ School of Austin

Location: Central Austin
PO Box 300547
Austin, TX 78703
Students served: Boys in grades K–3 in 2017. (A grade will be added each year, culminating in a K–8 school.)
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2017
Model/philosophy: The Boys’ School of Austin is an academically challenging school where boys learn through exploration and movement, by doing, making, inventing, and building.
Special features: The Boys’ School of Austin values personal responsibility; personal success; individual exploration of and definition of masculinity; developmentally appropriate, rigorous, and challenging academics; and social and emotional development.
Schedule: Follows AISD calendar
Tuition: $11,000–$13,000 (includes supplies, books, and field trips) plus $1,000 annual Registration Fee, $2,500 one-time New Student Fee, and $75 one-time Application Fee; optional After Care cost will vary; more info coming soon
Contact: Amy Degner, Co-Founder | 512-553-2690 | info@theboysschoolofaustin.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

Copernicus STEM, Language and Arts Academy

Location: Central Austin
4605 North IH35
Austin, Texas 78722
Students served: Ages 18 months to 5 years
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2016
Model/philosophy: Copernicus Academy provides quality care in a campus that is uniquely central Austin. Its mission is to engage children from a young age in creative, STEM-based activities, in a dual-language environment (Spanish), giving children the opportunity to become avid learners and successful innovators. Children are encouraged to foster their creativity and personal expression through play.
Special features: STEM curriculum; play based; arts and language (Spanish)
Schedule: 7am–6pm Monday–Friday, year-round
Tuition: Please call Copernicus Academy for tuition details.
Contact: Myrella Delgado, Administrator, or Rebeca Guerrero, Director | 512-904-9511 | CopernicusSTEMAcademy@gmail.com