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 | email@example.com
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.