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 | 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.