Location: Central Austin
3701 Kerbey Lane
Austin, TX 78731
Students served: 18 months to school age
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for afternoon preschool program
Model/philosophy: Young children learn everything through play. They are hard-wired to learn language at a rapid rate and are eager and curious about their world and how it works. As they play they critically explore big concepts. Offering varied and open-ended opportunities to explore these concepts and the social landscape of school through fun engaging STEM activities. A day filled with tinkering, experimenting, creating and enjoying each other.
Special features: A science lab designed for preschoolers with a light table and microscope; afternoon Spanish language lessons; low ratios (1:5); extensive outdoor classroom and gardens; a historic location in Central Austin that juxtaposes perfectly with the school’s aim to write a new chapter of Austin history
Schedule: Open from 8–6pm Monday–Friday, with flexible scheduling options to best meet your needs
Tuition: Monthly tuition ranges from $275 to $1,250 to best suit all families’ needs; low registration fees and low annual supply fee
Contact: Jessica Edgar, Director | 512-763-7202 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.