Abrome

Location: Bee Cave / West Lake Hills
10201 Aqua Azul Court
Austin, TX 78733
Students served:  K–12; ages 5–19 (and 4-year-old siblings)
Current enrollment: 12 Learners and growing. Rolling admissions; Learners may enroll at any time because Abrome is a self-directed learning space.
Model/philosophy: Compassionate, 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. Abrome is an Agile Learning Center, and all staff members are trained as Agile Learning Facilitators.
Special features: Emancipated Learning. A learning space free of coercion, hierarchy, and standardization: no age-based segregation, one-size-fits-all curriculum, homework, classes, tests, 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 the wider community, embarking upon a learning journey that allows them to demonstrate excellence and intellectual vitality.
Schedule: 10am–4pm Monday–Friday. 8:30am earliest dropoff, 4:30pm latest pickup. 182-day academic calendar. 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. 30–70% sibling discounts based on number of Learners and family income. Part-time enrollment available only for Learners under the age of 8.
Contact: Antonio Buehler | 989-312-3648 | antonio@abrome.com

Academy of Thought and Industry

Location: South Central Austin
1701 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704
Students served: Ages 13–18 (grades 8–12)
Current enrollment: 25 (growing to a maximum of 100)
Model/philosophy: Each Academy of Thought and Industry high school is a high-accountability, high-autonomy learning community focused on personal, academic, and professional excellence. Together with each student, we establish and refine individualized goals achieved through personally meaningful work. Each student will acquire the requisite content, skills, and experiences to prepare him or her to thrive in the life he or she wants to live.
Special Features: At ATI, students can expect real-world projects to support deep engagement, rigorous academics, flexible programing to support individual excellence, and a warm community that fosters connection and health. Each child has a personal mentor designed to ensure they are making progress in every dimension. The school features daily Socratic discussions designed to develop their abilities to read, think, write, and score well on the SAT verbal exam along with an analogous mathematics program designed to develop the ability to think mathematically and score well on the SAT math exam.
Schedule: Monday–Thursday, 10am–4pm; independent Fridays with accountability support
Tuition: Please email austin@thoughtandindustry.com for a Tuition Rate Sheet.
Contact: EvaClaire Albion-Wright | austin@thoughtandindustry.com

ACE Academy

Location: North Central Austin
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
Students served: PreK–8th grade gifted learners
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2019; maximum of 125
Model/philosophy: Mission: ACE Academy provides a personalized education for gifted learners within a nurturing community. Vision: ACE students embrace complex and progressive curriculum, thrive in academic environments, and confront challenges with creativity and flexibility.
Special features: ACE Academy is an independent, private school that offers gifted programming from PreK to 8th grade. Established in 2005, ACE Academy educates an underserved community of learners in Austin, Texas. A commonly accepted statistic is that gifted learners are those who score in the top 5% of IQ tests. A GT student can vary radically in specific abilities or areas (asynchronous development). Because GT children process information differently from the average student, they need a learning environment flexible enough to meet and encourage these differences. Their unique ways of thinking are assets that must be valued and encouraged, or they may be suppressed, hidden, or lost.
Schedule: 7:45am–8:10am, free morning care available for all students; 8:15am–3pm, school hours for Blue pod–Green pod (PreK–2nd grade); 8:15am–3:30pm, school day hours for 3rd–8th grade; 3pm–5:45pm, aftercare hours. Follows AISD calendar with some modifications.
Tuition: Blue Pod through Green Pod, $16,500 per year, M–F, 8:15am–3pm; Elementary and Upper School, $16,500 per year, M–F, 8:15pm to 3:30pm. Sibling Discount, $900; New Student Fee (one-time), $1,000; Enrollment Fee (annual), $750; Materials Fee (annual), $400.
Contact: Nicki Hollums, Director of Admissions | nhollums@austingifted.org | 512-206-4070

Acton Academy

Location: East Austin (see also other Acton campuses in the metro area)
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: 100
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
Schedule: 8am–3:15pm Monday through Friday; September–mid-July
Tuition: $930 per month for an 11-month school year (totals $10,230)
Contact: Jeff Sandefer | info@actonacademy.org

Acton Academy Southwest Austin

Location: South/Southwest Austin, near S. Lamar and Manchaca Rd.
Students served: Elementary school, ages 6 through 10
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2020; maximum of 30
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. The founders believe that “learning to do” and “learning to be” are even more important than “learning to know.”
Special features: Acton Academy Southwest Austin is a student-led, self-paced, private accredited school. 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: 8:25am–3:15pm Monday–Friday; Acton Academy Southwest Austin follows an 11-month calendar that allows for students to have extended breaks throughout the year and maintains their interests and retention by shortening the summer break.
Tuition: $1,100 per month for 11 months ($12,100 per year).
Contact: Jeffrey and Anissa Couvillon, Owners | info@actonacademyswaustin.org | actonacademyswaustin.org

Acton Academy West Austin

Location: West Lake Hills (serving Westlake, Rollingwood, Barton Hills, Tarrytown, and surrounding West Austin areas); founded in 2015
3423 Bee Cave Road
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Students served: Elementary (1st–5th), Middle School (6th–8th), and now accepting select high school students (9th–12th)
Current enrollment: 50;  currently enrolling for Fall 2018
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 Academy West Austin, founded in 2015, is a student-led, self-paced, private accredited school. 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. Acton West 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: $1,200 per month for 11 months ($13,200 total per year)
Contact: Jayme Bynum, Head of School | info@actonacademywest.com | actonacademywest.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; before- and after-school programs and classes available; multi-age classes; team teaching; hands-on, project-based instruction; non-graded; parent involvement required; tours given for students and families applying for admission
Tuition: $6,600–$9,100 per year (paid in 1, 2, or 10 payments), plus fees for enrollment and supplies; some financial aid/scholarships available
Contact: Sasha Cesare, Executive Director | sasha@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

Alpha

Location: West Austin
1044 Liberty Park Drive
Austin, TX 78746
Students served: Ages 5 to 18
Current enrollment: 100
Model/philosophy: Alpha is a K-12 private school that believes firmly that success lies in hard work and innovation. Alpha makes three promises to students and families: (1) Students love school. (2) Students learn 2x faster. (3) Students learn life skills.
Special features: Alpha utilizes adaptive technology to provide a personalized learning experience. The program includes integrated project-based learning and an emphasis on practical life skills, such as public speaking and leading a group. Alpha students build subject mastery and have control over their daily learning path.
Schedule: Students at Alpha attend school in 6-week blocks running from late August to the last day of June. The school day is 8:45am–3:30pm Monday–Friday.
Tuition: $10,500 annually. Alpha is sensitive to the financial situations of all families and is dedicated to providing tuition assistance to qualified applicants.
Contact: info@go-alpha.com | 512-358-1672

Apple Blossom Center for Discovery

Location: Cedar Park / Leander
1607 High Chaparral Drive
Leander, TX 78641
Students served: Pre-K 4 through 8th grade; currently enrolling Pre-K through 7th and planning to add grades as the students complete them
Current enrollment: 30 (maximum of 50 for 2019–2020 school year)
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
Schedule: 8:30am–3:50pm; no-fee early drop-off starting at 8am (see below for extended care fees); children should be picked up by 4:15pm unless enrolled in after-school care; teachers hold office hours between 4pm and 5pm daily
Tuition:
Full-time: $12,000 per year
Part-time: $9,500 (8am–1pm daily)
Fees: $550 ($50 application and $500 registration fee)
     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: Gina Bennette, Principal/Director | g.bennette@abcdaustin.org | 512-213-4944

Ascent: An Acton Academy

Location: North Central Austin
5701 Cameron Road
Austin, TX 78723
Students served: Spark Studio serving ages 4–6; Elementary Studio serving ages 7–11
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2019; maximum of 50
Model/philosophy: Ascent Academy's mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters its doors to find a calling that will change the world. Ascent follows a one-room schoolhouse model that applies the philosophy of the Hero’s Journey and the Socratic method to empower young people. Combining Montessori principles with technology, Ascent has created a self-paced learning environment where children are equipped to become independent, lifelong learners.
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, no homework, service learning opportunities, and outdoor education. Ascent Academy is an Acton Academy and is part of the network of over 100 Acton schools around the world turning learning upside down.
Schedule: 8:25am–3:15pm Monday-Friday; year-round with week-long breaks every 5–6 weeks
Tuition: Spark Studio: $11,220 per year, payable in 11 monthly installments of $1,020. Elementary Studio: $9,988 per year, payable in 11 monthly installments of $908
Contact: Janita Lavani and Samantha Jansky, Owners | info@iamcurious.org | ascentacton.org

Aspire Montessori School

Location: South Austin
7202 Dee Street
Austin, TX 78745
Students served: Ages 6 weeks–6 years
Current enrollment: 50
Model/philosophy: Aspire is a hybrid Montessori school committed to providing quality, affordable child care in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. The program’s goals are to teach children to relate to others with respect, to value friendships, and to believe in themselves as successful individuals. Aspire does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, creed, disability, religion, or any other basis. The Aspire community believes that diverse backgrounds enrich the lives of its children and its staff.
Special features: Amazing back yard, gardening, early arrival and aftercare, immediate updates and parent/teacher communication via Brightwheel.
Schedule: Early arrival, 7am–8:30am; full day, 8:30am–3pm; aftercare, 3pm–6pm (all but Nido);
Nido (infants)room after-school, 3pm–5:15pm
Tuition: Rates and fees vary by age and options selected; for full details, see the school’s admissions page.
Contact: info@aspiremontessori.org

Austin Children’s Garden

Location: South Austin
Bouldin Creek Neighborhood
Students served: Ages 18 months–10 years. Now enrolling!
Model/philosophy: Austin Children's Garden offers a natural and creative learning environment for preschoolers and homeschoolers. The programs are guided by passionate lifelong educators who take time and pride in a thoughtful, experiential curriculum of integrated academics, social-emotional wisdom, and meaningful activities that support the growth of the whole child. ACG draws from the best in current educational research and holistic models of child development to inspire a deep-rooted love of learning and nurture the magical joy and wonder of childhood. See their blog for more details of their learning experiences!
Special features: Beautiful and warm home-based environment; fully licensed, certified teachers; small class size; flexible part-time or full-time options; large and lush educational organic gardens and bunnies; healthy cooking classes; organic/locally sourced snacks and lunches; Hola Yoga bilingual kids yoga classes; process-based art; STEAM and project-based learning; music & movement; science experiments; conscious discipline; mindfulness activities; and lots of nature-based free play!
Schedule: 12-month program with regular holiday breaks.
Monday–Friday Morning Program 8:45am –12:30pm 1, 2 ,3, 4, or 5 days per week; early dropoff 8am to 8:45am
Extended Day 12:30pm–2pm Monday–Friday
Afternoon Program 2pm–5:30pm 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days
Tuition:
1 day/week: Mornings $180/month; Afternoons $155/month
2 days/week: Mornings $360/month; Afternoons $310/month
3 days/week: Mornings $540/month; Afternoons $465/month
4 days/week: Mornings $720/month; Afternoons $620/month
5 days/week: Mornings $900/month; Afternoons $775/month
See website for more details.
Contact: Morna Harnden, Co-Director & Teacher | 512-695-3703 | austinchildrensgarden@gmail.com

Austin OneHeart School

Location: South Austin
Austin OneHeart will be relocating in Fall/Winter 2019; please visit the school’s website for announcement of the exact location.
Students served: Ages 3–18
Current enrollment: Year-round academic and admissions cycle. Accepting applications for Fall 2020.
Model/philosophy: Austin OneHeart School believes that everything and anything people do in life flows from OneHeart. Both the Lower School (ages 5–6, plus mature 4-year-olds and 3-year-olds) and the Upper School (ages 7–18) 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 activities include gardening, storytelling, music, painting, crafts, nature exploration, and movement. Upper School activities include permaculture; social enterprise training; filmmaking; 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; parkour; rowing; swimming; and cultural immersion (optional).
Schedule: Monday–Friday 9:30am–3:30pm. Extended hours are also offered. Austin OneHeart School is on a year-round calendar; please visit the school’s website for details.
Tuition: Please 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)
6211 Parkwood Drive
Austin, TX 78735
Students served:  Grades 1–7
Current enrollment: 38
Model/philosophy: Austin Rising School is a school for homeschoolers offering a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day academic program. ARS is a hybrid co-op with highly talented teachers in addition to parent-taught classes (parents teach one month out of the year). Academics are interdisciplinary, focused, challenging, and fun. ARS is a community where relationships are nurtured among students, teachers, and families, with a responsive classroom environment where kindness and empathy are the school culture. A primary focus is on the emotional intelligence of each child through the empathy-based Kids of Kindness Club curriculum. The Middle School program is a preparatory program for high school. Highlights include executive functioning skills, LA focus on expanding vocabulary and developing a mature grasp of the five categories of language arts (writing, reading, listening, viewing, and speaking). The mentorship program not only develops leadership skills and responsibility in middle schoolers but also creates community and a positive school culture for everyone.
Special features: Block learning, allowing for deep exploration spanning all major content areas; arts-integrated and project-based learning in cross-curricular modules.
Schedule: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am–3:15pm, Thursdays 9am-2pm; August 25–May 6, with Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks
Tuition: $165–$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: 8am–5:30pm Monday–Friday, year-round
Tuition: starting at $900 per month
Contact: Summer Jung, Owner/Director | 512-537-0711 | info@austinthrivepreschool.com

Bloom Preschool

Location: Southwest Austin
near William Cannon & Mopac
Students served: Ages 2.5–6 (older friends may join during summer session)
Current enrollment: 11
Model/philosophy: Bloom offers a loving, creative environment where children are free to learn through play and exploration of their world. Children spend most of their days in an outdoor classroom. As a Reggio Emilia inspired program, children's learning is built upon their interests, and projects are ongoing, inspiring, and meaningful.
Children use emotional learning to build an understanding of self and create meaningful relationships with friends.
Special features: Daily music, gardening, free play, storytelling, art, friendship, community, project-based learning, emotional learning, comfortable home-based environment, outdoor exploration. Monthly Life-Ki-Do classes.
Schedule: 8:30am–2:30pm Monday–Friday; 2-, 3-, and 5-day options available. Follows a basic AISD calendar throughout the school year and runs through the summer with 2 summer breaks.
Tuition: Starting at $525 per month
Contact: Mary Belton | mary.bloom.preschool@gmail.com

The Butterfly Garden

Location: South Austin
10802 Kit Carson Drive
Austin, TX 78737
Students served: Ages 2.5–6 years
Current enrollment: 7 students currently enrolled; maximum of 14 per day
Model/philosophy: The school offers a play-based curriculum in an all-outdoor setting with daily hikes into the woods, art, gardening, and stories under a canopy of trees.
Special features: The entire 5-hour day is spent outdoors (except during dangerous weather).
Schedule: 9am–2pm Monday–Friday, September–May. Two one-week summer camps offered in June and again in July. Extended care is available during summer camps 7:30am–6pm. Children up to the age of 11 are welcome to join The Butterfly Garden for camp.
Tuition:
Regular School Term
3–6-year-old class: 2 days per week, $330 per month; 3 days per week, $440 per month; 4 days per week, $550 per month; 5 days per week, $660 per month.
2-year-old class: 2 days per week, $480 per month; 3 days per week, $600 per month; 4 days per week, $710 per month; 5 days per week, $820 per month.
Summer Camp
Ages 2.5–6: $180 per week ($165/week for students currently enrolled); extended care additional $50 per week ($40/week for students currently enrolled)
Ages 7–11: $150 per week; extended care additional $50 per week
Contact: Janine Goodwin | 512-337-2602 | Janine@TheButterflyGarden.net | Best days for a visit are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Clearview Sudbury School

Location: Central East Austin
1507 Wilshire Blvd.
Austin, TX 78722
Students served: Ages 5 through 18
Current enrollment: 40
Model/philosophy: For over 50 years, the Sudbury model has shown that self-directed learning in democratic, mixed-age communities nurtures powerful learning and amazing growth. Given full measures of freedom and responsibility, students discover who they are, what they want, and how to achieve their goals. By working through challenges and obstacles in a scaled-down version of the larger world, they find their passions, learn to take initiative, and develop resourcefulness, resilience, and the ability to communicate articulately and persuasively.
Special features: Students from kindergarten through high school choose how to spend their days and participate in meetings that make and enforce the rules, spend the school’s money, and hire staff. Students enjoy a healthy, supportive environment in which individuals can monitor and attend to their needs, seek the assistance they require, and honor the freedom and dignity of others. A secular private school offering accessible tuition and need-based tuition assistance, Clearview is celebrating 10 years of operation this year.
Schedule: 8am–5pm Monday–Friday; follows AISD calendar
Tuition: $8,000 per year; sibling discounts and tuition assistance available
Contact: Rose Hardesty | 512-524-0085 | office@clearviewsudburyschool.org

Corazón Neighborhood Preschool

Location: South Austin
Near Slaughter Lane & Manchaca Road
Students served: Ages 3.5–5
Current enrollment: Maximum of 6
Model/Philosophy: Play-based model draws inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning, Outdoor & Nature preschools, and Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness techniques.
Special features: Small group size; home-like environment; priority on inquiry-based learning and outdoor play; integration of the Spanish language; focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
Schedule: Monday–Thursday, 9am–2:15pm, with options to enroll 2, 3, or 4 days per week (school year runs from September to May)
Tuition: 2 days per week, $360/month; 3 days per week, $550/month; 4 days per week, $640/month. Additional fees: registration & supply fee (nonrefundable, due at each enrollment): $250 per school year. Deposit equal to one month’s tuition due upon enrollment (will be applied to last month of tuition).
Contact: Lulu Bautista, Owner/Lead Teacher | lulu@corazonkids.com