Location: South Austin
South Campus: 10801 Old San Antonio Road | Austin, TX 78748
Students served: Ages 3–14 (grades pre-K–8th)
Current enrollment: 90
Model/philosophy: A holistic approach to education that synthesizes insights from Waldorf, Montessori, democratic education, and freedom-based learning; offering an integrated cultural curriculum with arts and academics, child-centered and project-based learning, mixed age groups, and small mentor-learner ratios.
Special features: Youth work with mentors to develop holistic learning plans, honoring each learner’s intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development; groups work together to choose enrichment classes, plan projects, and organize field trips. Located in South Austin on 2 acres with permaculture gardens, chickens, and mini-goats.
WLLC's Early Childhood and Kindergarten Program serves ages 3–6 with flexible enrollment plans (4- or 5-day; the regular school day is 9am to 3pm, but parents are welcome to pick up their children at 12:45pm if preferred.). WLLC provides loving mentorship and an environment that enriches the imagination with creative play; nourishes the soul through song, stories, and art; inspires the mind through fun challenges and multi-sensory learning materials; and feeds the heart through connection with each other and nature.
Elementary & Middle School
4-Day Program only (Monday–Thursday): $7,500 + $250 supply fee
1-Day Program only (Friday): $2,500 + $100 supply fee
4-Day and 1-Day combined : $9,500 + $350 supply fee (20% discount for Friday Program)
The nonrefundable supply fee and first tuition payment are due in August 2017.
Pre-K/Kindergarten (Ruby Class)
4-day Program only (Monday-Thursday): $7,500 + $250 supply fee
5-day Program: $9,500 + $300 supply fee
1-Day Program only: $2,500 + $100 supply fee
Registration Fee: All families are required to pay a nonrefundable $500 registration fee upon enrollment/re-enrollment ($250 for Friday programs). This payment is due once annually, per family (not per child). Payment of this fee and the submission of the re-enrollment form hold your child’s place at WLLC for the 2017–2018 school year.
Contact: Michael Carberry | 512-676-5898 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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