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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Each listing in this alphabetical directory gives you a snapshot of a small, independent, alternative school in the Austin area.
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Full disclosure: Alt Ed Austin founder Teri Sperry has ties with several of the schools listed on this site. Her child has attended two of them. She has friends and collaborators who direct, teach at, or are otherwise involved in others. Some programs choose to advertise from time to time on Alt Ed Austin as Sponsoring Partners. She firmly believes that all of the schools featured on this site (including the ones to which she has no personal connection and those from which she receives no advertising fees) are great choices for some kids, each for different reasons.