Location: North Central Austin (Hyde Park neighborhood)
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 512-299-5487
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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.