Location: North Central Austin
2008 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757
Students served: K through 8th grade, ages 5–13
Current enrollment: 30–35
Model/philosophy: Relationship-based, organic education for natural learners; students and teachers create a dynamic environment in which collaborative curriculum, freedom, and loving guidance inspire a lifelong love of learning; inspired by Reggio Emilia
Special features: Both full-time and part-time spaces offered; non-coercive, nurturing environment; emphasis on emotional and social development; low student-teacher ratio; play- and project-based learning; integrated subject areas; organic gardening; art and wood shop; lots of outdoor time; students and teachers prepare portfolios rather than rely on grades or benchmarks for assessment; middle school is also project-based, with integrated subject areas and a collaborative, emergent curriculum
Schedule: 9am–3pm Monday–Friday; extended care and part-time options available
Tuition: $8,500 per year or 10 monthly payments of $850, plus fees for full time; prorated for part-time; sibling discounts and sliding scale option available
Contact: Jennifer Hobbs | contact@ProgressSchoolAustin.org
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