Location: East Austin
3701 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. Unit 3
Austin, TX 78721
Students served: K–5th, growing to serve K–8th
Current enrollment: 24
Model/philosophy: The Schoolhouse is an experiential, nature-connected, democratic learning community where youth have the freedom to pursue meaningful learning, joy, and connection. It is committed to being accessible and diverse.
Special features: 5-day week; multi-age learning based on play, place, projects, and inspiration; a balance of class lessons and self-directed time surrounded by strong mentorship; focus on sustainability and nature connection; weekly field trips utilizing navigation by foot, bike, and bus; emphasis on social and emotional intelligence; democratic school meeting; onsite after-care available
Tuition: $6,435 per year; may be paid in 1, 2, or 9 payments
Contact: Caitlin Macklin, organizer/teacher | 512-529-6378 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Each listing in this alphabetical directory gives you a snapshot of a small, independent, alternative school in the Austin area.
This ever-expanding list spans several pages, with navigation buttons at the bottom. Clicking on the name of a school will take you to its own website. To easily find schools by geographical area, see our Alt Ed Maps page. If you know of a school that’s missing from this directory, please drop a note here, and see Alt Ed Austin’s criteria for “alternative” and “school.” You may also be interested in our directories of other recommended schools, as well as special programs for children and adults.
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.