Location: Adjacent to Stephenson Nature Preserve (Southwest Austin)
Students served: Ages 3.5–5
Current enrollment: 8
Model/philosophy: A licensed, home-based, nature-focused, Reggio Emilia–inspired preschool
Special features: The children spend most of their time outdoors and make frequent visits to nearby wilderness areas and nature preserves; the indoor classroom is an inspiring learning environment; the curriculum is influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach; the Schoolhouse offers options to enroll 2, 3, or 5 days per week.
Schedule: 9am–2pm, with extended-day option (with nap) until 3:30pm; September–May, with week-to-week summer camps offered June–August
Tuition: 2 days per week: $345/month (or $415 with nap); 3 days per week: $535/month (or $640 with nap); 5 days per week: $775/month (or $930 with nap); registration & supply fee: $250
Contact: Nicole Haladyna, Lead Teacher and Director | 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.