Location: North Austin
12251 Running Bird Lane
Austin, TX 78758
Students served: Ages infant–14 years
Current enrollment: 35
Model/philosophy: A holistic Reggio Emilia Community School focusing on healthy nutrition (allergy specific) and building community through the power of food, all while incorporating creative preK–Grade 8 learning goals. Students collaboratively work on developing community solutions and get inspired to become our next humanitarian leaders using STEAM and culturally diverse learning tools. Wholesome Generation is fully sensory integrated and serves low-income families, in collaboration with Higher Learning (Austin Justice Coalition).
Special features: Special features: 2- to 5-day programs; community focused; outreach programs; multi-age classrooms; low student:teacher ratios; multilingual (Spanish/French immersion daily); hands-on, project-based progressive learning; culinary education; fine arts education; all-organic nutrition included in tuition; work with students who have sensory challenges and food allergies; sliding-scale tuition; accepts CCMS (Workforce Solutions).
Schedule: 8:30am–3:30pm school day, with before-school care starting at 8:00am and after-school care until 5:00pm; school year runs late August through early June, with CAMP SANA offered in June and July
Tuition: Tuition: $385–$995 per month depending on student ages, part-time/full-time enrollment, sensory needs, and enrichment workshop participation; payable monthly or annually; 10- or 12-month enrollment options; tuition includes guaranteed camp participation (June/July for CAMP SANA)
Contact: Lene Saint-Orens | 512-368-3885 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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