Location: Central Austin (near Barton Springs)
1701 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704
Students served: Ages 3 to 14
Current enrollment: 60 students ages 3–13
Model/philosophy: Integral Education: Project-based, self-directed learning with an emphasis on time in nature, nutrition, permaculture, movement, social-emotional learning, continual academic progress, and building a strong co-creative community
Special features: Hot, whole-food, plant-based lunches provided by Casa de Luz; Location!—weekly excursions within walking distance include Zach Scott Theatre, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin Nature and Science Center, Barton Springs, Barton Creek greenbelt, paddling; daily movement class, Spanish, and recess; year-round calendar—8 weeks on, 2 weeks off
Integrity Academy program (M–Th, 9am–3pm): $11,000 per year; $500 registration & $2,500 fees including meals, snacks, supplies, excursions, and fundraiser
Morning Embodiment program (M–Th, 8am–9am): $1,000 per year
Afternoon enrichment classes (M–F, 3–5pm): $3,000 per year
Break Camps (M–F 8am–3pm): $270/week, $60/day for Fridays
1, 2, and 11 monthly installments available
First steps: Sign up for an information session here.
Contact: Kerri Welch | 512-535-1277 | email@example.com
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