Location: North Austin
12251 Running Bird Lane
Austin, TX 78758
Students served: Age 1 year–2nd grade (Summer Camp Sana expands through age 12)
Current enrollment: 40–50
Model/philosophy: A holistic Reggio Emilia inspired Community School focusing on healthy nutrition (allergy specific), organic gardening, and Outdoor Exploration. As a progressive, hands-on model, Wholesome Generation collaboratively works with Community Partners on developing solutions and inspires each child to become our next humanitarian leaders using STEAM and culturally diverse learning tools. Classes are facilitated 80% outdoors in the courtyard or by the creek (or gardens, bee hives). Wholesome Generation serves low-income families as well as homeschooling families.
Special features: Creek on site; nature hikes; science lessons in collaboration with UT Austin; 2- to 5-day outdoor focused programs; community participation; outreach programs; multi-age classrooms; low student:teacher ratios; multi-lingual (Spanish/French exposure); hands-on, project-based learning; culinary and nutrition education; fine arts education; field-days for Kindergarten–Grade 2 students; extracurricular lessons included (culinary, soccer, dance, mindful meditation, Feldenkrais movement); all-organic and local nutrition included in tuition; accommodates youth with allergies; sliding-scale tuition; accepts CCMS (Workforce Solutions).
Schedule: 8am–5pm school hours; school year runs late August through early June (following AISD), with Camp Sana offered June through mid-August.
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/Aug for Camp Sana)
Contact: Lene Saint-Orens | 512-368-3885 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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