Abrome

Location: Bee Cave / West Lake Hills
Students served:  Ages 5–19 or grades K–12th
Current enrollment: Rolling admissions. Learners can start at any time because Abrome is a year-round, self-directed learning space. 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: Emancipated Learning. A learning space free of coercion, hierarchy, and standardization: no age-based segregation, one-size-fits-all curriculum, 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 Top 10 colleges or universities.
Schedule: 10am–4pm Monday–Friday. Early drop-off from 8:30am, late pickup until 5pm. Year-round, 210-day academic calendar. Learners are encouraged to take up to 30 days off per year for day trips, camps, internships, family vacations, etc. By the time Learners are in their teenage years, they may spend significant time engaged in self-directed learning experiences in the community during the day, in addition to at Abrome.
Tuition: A sliding-scale tuition policy allows Abrome to pursue its commitment to diversity, particularly economic, racial, and cultural diversity. Tuition ranges from $600 to $16,200 per year ($50–$1,350 per month) based on family income, plus fees. Sibling discounts.
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, 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. Acton’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: Jeff Sandefer | info@actonacademy.org

Acton Academy West Austin

Location: West Lake Hills (serving Westlake, Rollingwood, Barton Hills, Tarrytown, and surrounding West Austin areas)
3423 Bee Cave Road
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Students served: Ages 6–13 (will grow into HS grades 9th–12th)
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for fall of 2017, with a maximum of 36 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 78751
Students served: Ages 5 through 13+
Current enrollment: 60+ students
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, 10am–11am and 1pm–2pm, and day visits 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 | mary@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
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 (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 OneHeart School

Location: South Austin
8601 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78748
Students served: Ages 3–6 and 11–18
Current enrollment: Year-round academic and admissions cycle
Model/philosophy: Austin OneHeart School believes that everything and anything people do in life flows from OneHeart. Both the Lower School (3–6 years) and the Upper School (11–18 years) emphasize each person’s connection to the planet and integrated learning. The school invites young people to explore, enjoy, and embrace the wonder and beauty of themselves and the world.
Special features: Lower School Program activities include gardening, storytelling, music, painting, crafts, nature exploration, and movement. Upper School Program activities include permaculture; social enterprise training; storytelling (including digital); movement; integrated learning model for math, physical and social sciences, literature, and history; coding; foreign language; problem solving; mind-body connection; performing and visual arts; swimming; and cultural immersion (optional).
Schedule: The Lower School (ages 3–6) meets Monday–Friday 9am–3pm, with extended day option; and the Upper School (ages 11–18) meets Monday–Friday 10am–4pm. Austin OneHeart School is on a year-round calendar; please visit the school’s website for details.
Tuition: Visit the Austin OneHeart School website for tuition details and scholarship information.
Contact: S. Kristin Kim, Founder | 737-808-3318 | Open@OneHeartSchool.org

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 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: Now enrolling; 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: starting at $800 per month
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
5206 Balcones Drive
Austin, TX 78731
Students served: Boys in grades K–3 in 2018. (A grade will be added each year, culminating in a K–8 school.)
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2018
Model/philosophy: Focusing on the whole child, BSA is invested in students’ academic growth and social-emotional well-being and in developing the next generation of men into empathetic, critical thinkers who are active participants in their own learning. BSA students will learn through exploration and movement, by doing, making, inventing, and building. Blending several progressive teaching methods, BSA teachers guide students’ curiosity and help them find meaning through intrinsic motivation. Students are encouraged to take risks, work successfully with peers, and understand their impact on the world around them. BSA students will also be given time each day for unstructured, creative play inside and outdoors.
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, Director | 512-553-2690 | info@theboysschoolofaustin.org

Cherrywood Academy

Location: East Austin
Students served: Ages 3–6
Current enrollment: 6
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

Emergent Academy

Location: West Austin (Near Mopac and Bee Cave Road)
1044 Liberty Park Drive
Austin, TX 78746
Students served: Ages 6 to 14
Current enrollment: 30; now enrolling for Fall 2017
Model/philosophy: Emergent Academy believes today’s students are natural investigators, researchers, and synthesizers of information. The one-size-fits-all, studying-the-same-thing, at-the-same-time, in-the-same-way model is outdated and hinders success. Emergent School’s mission is to inspire each child who enters its doors to find the spark that will set them on their life's journey. Emergent has developed a nascent and evolutionary model for advancing students. Emergent’s 8th graders are passing community college English courses, and 5th graders are tackling 8th grade math courses. These results are possible because of Emergent Academy’s student-directed, multi-subject, and experiential approach to student learning.
Special features: Emergent Academy utilizes blended learning, which combines the best of online media approaches with the main features of traditional instruction to provide an integrated learning experience. Generally, students have some control over time, place, and path in the online learning environment, which provides a self-paced and personalized experience. Online courses and tools, such as Aleks and Khan Academy, are always supported with guidance from the Emergent educators, or Guides. Students are grouped into four learning levels: the Learning Lab includes the youngest students, typically grades 1–2; Level 1 includes students who are generally grades 3–4; Level 2 includes students who are grades 5–6; and Level 3 students are generally grades 7–8.
Schedule: Students at Emergent attend school year-round, with breaks spread throughout the year. Typically, breaks include Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, and an extended summer break. Please see the school calendar for more information. The school day runs 9am–3:30pm Monday–Friday. Emergent knows that flexibility is important for its families, so you may drop off your child at 8am before the school day begins.
Tuition: $10,500 annually. Emergent is sensitive to the financial situations of all families and is dedicated to providing tuition assistance to qualified applicants. It also offers tuition payment plans and scholarships.
Contact: Anna Westbrook, Head of Student Experiences | admissions@emergentacademy.org | 512-358-1672

4Points Academy

Location: West-Northwest Austin (Steiner Ranch, 2222/620)
5145 Ranch Road, 620 N, Ste G-130
Austin, Texas, 78732
Students served: Elementary and Middle School (grades 1–8)
Current enrollment: Now enrolling; rolling admission
Model/philosophy: The Academy's goal is to provide a 21st-century academic environment that will generate happy, well-adjusted, and confident students, academically advanced of their peers. The 4Points Academy approach to educating the whole child produces students who excel in academics while acquiring foreign language proficiency, leadership and business acumen with a global perspective, an appreciation of art and music, fundamental sports skills, and mastery of technological tools. The instructors, curriculum, and programs are specifically selected to provide these results.
Special features: In addition to the core subjects, the Academy offers instruction in Spanish, Mandarin, art, music, IT, programming, Introduction to Business and Innovation, leadership skills, as well as PE and sports mechanics. Part-time options available especially for homeschoolers, student athletes, gymnasts, dancers, and students who travel frequently.
Schedule: 8:10am–3pm Mon–Thur and 8:10am–2pm Fri; part-time options available
Tuition: $10,500–$12,500; tuition may be lower if part-time option is selected
Contact: Nesia Isidore, Executive Director | 512-991-7950 | admin@4pointsacademy.com              

Fusion Academy

Location: Austin, Texas
4701 Bee Caves Road, Suite 101
Austin, TX 78746
Students served: The Academy is available for 6th–12th graders; tutoring provided for all ages.
Current enrollment: Fusion is year-round, so students can start classes at any time because their classes are one-on-one; maximum of 65 students in the Academy.
Model/philosophy: Fusion Academy is unique in that every class is taught with one teacher and one student. This allows teachers to create a very customized and supportive learning environment for each and every student.  The Academy also provides students with a fun, creative, and full school culture; even though classes are taught one-to-one, the structure allows a strong emphasis on socialization.
Special features: What makes Fusion work is the commitment to meeting each student right where they are, creating a meaningful connection, and finding the very best way to unlock each student’s passion for learning and discovery.  Also, all homework is completed on campus, to help take stress out of the home. Students can be fully enrolled, dual-enrolled with another school, or take individual classes for credit.
Schedule: Classes have staggering start times. The first class available would be 7:30am, and the school closes at 7:30pm.  Student start times vary depending on their schedules. We offer rolling enrollment, so a student’s first class of a semester starts on their first day, no matter what day of the year it is.  Fusion still runs on a semester system and is open year around, including summer.
Tuition: Total tuition is calculated on a per-course basis, and cost per course varies:
     High school course: $3,200
     High school honors course: $3,540
     Middle school course: $3,540
     Tutoring, including SAT/ACT test prep: $85 per hour
Contact: Amanda Garrett | (512) 330-0188 | agarrett@fusionacademy.com

The Girls’ School of Austin

Location: Central Austin
2007 McCall Road
Austin, Texas 78703
Students served: Girls in K–8th grades
Current enrollment: 150
Model/philosophy: Founded in 2002, The Girls’ School of Austin provides an academically challenging education for girls in a community that fosters creative learning and personal excellence. Its mission is to develop confident young women who lead intellectually vibrant and fulfilling lives.
Special features: An environment that supports quiet study and small-group collaboration; freedom from gender stereotypes that can affect both academic and social development; frequent opportunities to try new activities and new roles; and opportunities to develop leadership skills among supportive peers
Schedule: K–4th: 8am–3pm Mon–Fri. 5th–8th: 8am–3:30pm Mon–Fri. Aftercare available until 5:30pm. Similar calendar to local school districts.
Tuition: $13,180–$14,680 (includes supplies, books, and field trips) plus $1,000 annual registration fee, $2,500 one-time new student fee, and $50 one-time application fee. Financial aid is available to qualified families.
Contact: info@thegirlsschool.org