Emergent Academy

Location: West Austin (Near Mopac and Bee Cave Road)
1044 Liberty Park Drive
Austin, TX 78746
Students served: Ages 6 to 14
Current enrollment: 30; now enrolling for Fall 2017
Model/philosophy: Emergent Academy believes today’s students are natural investigators, researchers, and synthesizers of information. The one-size-fits-all, studying-the-same-thing, at-the-same-time, in-the-same-way model is outdated and hinders success. Emergent School’s mission is to inspire each child who enters its doors to find the spark that will set them on their life's journey. Emergent has developed a nascent and evolutionary model for advancing students. Emergent’s 8th graders are passing community college English courses, and 5th graders are tackling 8th grade math courses. These results are possible because of Emergent Academy’s student-directed, multi-subject, and experiential approach to student learning.
Special features: Emergent Academy utilizes blended learning, which combines the best of online media approaches with the main features of traditional instruction to provide an integrated learning experience. Generally, students have some control over time, place, and path in the online learning environment, which provides a self-paced and personalized experience. Online courses and tools, such as Aleks and Khan Academy, are always supported with guidance from the Emergent educators, or Guides. Students are grouped into four learning levels: the Learning Lab includes the youngest students, typically grades 1–2; Level 1 includes students who are generally grades 3–4; Level 2 includes students who are grades 5–6; and Level 3 students are generally grades 7–8.
Schedule: Students at Emergent attend school year-round, with breaks spread throughout the year. Typically, breaks include Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, and an extended summer break. Please see the school calendar for more information. The school day runs 9am–3:30pm Monday–Friday. Emergent knows that flexibility is important for its families, so you may drop off your child at 8am before the school day begins.
Tuition: $10,500 annually. Emergent is sensitive to the financial situations of all families and is dedicated to providing tuition assistance to qualified applicants. It also offers tuition payment plans and scholarships.
Contact: Anna Westbrook, Head of Student Experiences | admissions@emergentacademy.org | 512-358-1672

4Points Academy

Location: West-Northwest Austin (Steiner Ranch, 2222/620)
5145 Ranch Road, 620 N, Ste G-130
Austin, Texas, 78732
Students served: Elementary and Middle School (grades 1–8)
Current enrollment: Now enrolling; rolling admission
Model/philosophy: The Academy's goal is to provide a 21st-century academic environment that will generate happy, well-adjusted, and confident students, academically advanced of their peers. The 4Points Academy approach to educating the whole child produces students who excel in academics while acquiring foreign language proficiency, leadership and business acumen with a global perspective, an appreciation of art and music, fundamental sports skills, and mastery of technological tools. The instructors, curriculum, and programs are specifically selected to provide these results.
Special features: In addition to the core subjects, the Academy offers instruction in Spanish, Mandarin, art, music, IT, programming, Introduction to Business and Innovation, leadership skills, as well as PE and sports mechanics. Part-time options available especially for homeschoolers, student athletes, gymnasts, dancers, and students who travel frequently.
Schedule: 8:10am–3pm Mon–Thur and 8:10am–2pm Fri; part-time options available
Tuition: $10,500–$12,500; tuition may be lower if part-time option is selected
Contact: Nesia Isidore, Executive Director | 512-991-7950 | admin@4pointsacademy.com              

Fusion Academy

Location: Austin, Texas
4701 Bee Caves Road, Suite 101
Austin, TX 78746
Students served: The Academy is available for 6th–12th graders; tutoring provided for all ages.
Current enrollment: Fusion is year-round, so students can start classes at any time because their classes are one-on-one; maximum of 65 students in the Academy.
Model/philosophy: Fusion Academy is unique in that every class is taught with one teacher and one student. This allows teachers to create a very customized and supportive learning environment for each and every student.  The Academy also provides students with a fun, creative, and full school culture; even though classes are taught one-to-one, the structure allows a strong emphasis on socialization.
Special features: What makes Fusion work is the commitment to meeting each student right where they are, creating a meaningful connection, and finding the very best way to unlock each student’s passion for learning and discovery.  Also, all homework is completed on campus, to help take stress out of the home. Students can be fully enrolled, dual-enrolled with another school, or take individual classes for credit.
Schedule: Classes have staggering start times. The first class available would be 7:30am, and the school closes at 7:30pm.  Student start times vary depending on their schedules. We offer rolling enrollment, so a student’s first class of a semester starts on their first day, no matter what day of the year it is.  Fusion still runs on a semester system and is open year around, including summer.
Tuition: Total tuition is calculated on a per-course basis, and cost per course varies:
     High school course: $3,200
     High school honors course: $3,540
     Middle school course: $3,540
     Tutoring, including SAT/ACT test prep: $85 per hour
Contact: Amanda Garrett | (512) 330-0188 | agarrett@fusionacademy.com

The Girls’ School of Austin

Location: Central Austin
2007 McCall Road
Austin, Texas 78703
Students served: Girls in K–8th grades
Current enrollment: 150
Model/philosophy: Founded in 2002, The Girls’ School of Austin provides an academically challenging education for girls in a community that fosters creative learning and personal excellence. Its mission is to develop confident young women who lead intellectually vibrant and fulfilling lives.
Special features: An environment that supports quiet study and small-group collaboration; freedom from gender stereotypes that can affect both academic and social development; frequent opportunities to try new activities and new roles; and opportunities to develop leadership skills among supportive peers
Schedule: K–4th: 8am–3pm Mon–Fri. 5th–8th: 8am–3:30pm Mon–Fri. Aftercare available until 5:30pm. Similar calendar to local school districts.
Tuition: $13,180–$14,680 (includes supplies, books, and field trips) plus $1,000 annual registration fee, $2,500 one-time new student fee, and $50 one-time application fee. Financial aid is available to qualified families.
Contact: info@thegirlsschool.org

Good Earth Farm School

Location: Leander
10820 E. Crystal Falls Parkway
Leander, TX 78641
Students served: 18 months–Kindergarten (6 years)
Current enrollment: Year-round school with rolling admissions (for private kindergarten certificate, students must attend at least 4 days per week from early September through May)
Model/philosophy: Waldorf-inspired, nature-based program that seeks to educate the whole child
Special features: Indoor and outdoor curriculum with spaces that are active, purposeful, and peaceful; activities include handwork, animal care, music/instrument study, physical education, art, and gardening, plus Spanish in the kindergarten classroom
Schedule: Open year-round, with regular hours 8:30am–3:30pm and extended hours 7:15am–4:45pm; offering Tuesday/Thursday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and Monday–Friday schedules in all preschool classrooms, plus Monday–Thursday in kindergarten
Tuition:  Varies by schedule and classroom; see the school’s website for additional information
Contact: Crystal Hall, Business Manager | 512-259-3922 | goodearthschoolrecords@gmail.com

Great Minds Learning Community

Location: Pflugerville (serving Pflugerville, Austin, Round Rock, and surrounding areas)
901 Cabriole Drive
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Students served: 2017–2018: grades 4–8, gifted and 2e (twice-exceptional) learners; 2018–2019: grades 1–9, gifted and 2e (twice-exceptional) learners (will grow into high school grades 10–12)
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for the 2017–2018 school year, which begins October 3rd; rolling admissions
Model/philosophy: Great Minds Learning Community is a part-time micro-school for gifted and 2e (twice-exceptional) learners. It offers a personalized, student-driven, project-based, Socratic, collaborative educational community that cultivates curious, creative, and flexible critical thinkers; a love of learning; and emotionally connected citizens. The school uses personalized, differentiated, self-paced online learning platforms; student-driven, real-world, hands-on, project-led learning both in groups and independently; Socratic discussion; and tribe-building activities. Students can delve deeply into their passions with student-driven goals and “play lists.” No grades, no homework, no standardized tests, mixed-age groupings.
Special features: Tailored to meet the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional learners and the intense, challenging, and exhilarating facets that being gifted or 2e brings to your child’s educational experience—intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Geared to address Dabrowski’s overexcitabilities. Includes touch-screen Chromebooks and headsets for sensory comfort; active learning stools for abundant energy; mastery shown in a format that matches the learner’s strengths; allergy-friendly (carpet-free, filtered water and air, no perfumes or strong fragrances); non-violent communication methods and improvisational theater strategies to develop social skills and manage emotional intensity.
Schedule: 2017–2018: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am–3pm, October–June; 2018–2019: Tuesday through Thursday, 9am–3pm, August–June
Tuition: 2017–2018: first-year, 2-day, discounted tuition is $2,300 (plus $400 supply fee); 2018–2019: 3-day, 10-month schedule starting in August is $6,000 (plus $400 supply fee)
Contact: Deanne Repich, Head of School | 512-750-1417 | info@greatmindslc.com

Griffin School

Location: Central Austin
5001 Evans Avenue
Austin, TX 78751
Students served: 9th–12th grades
Current enrollment: 115
Model/philosophy: Founded in 1996, Griffin School provides students with a high school program that values individuality, creativity, and community. What makes Griffin unique is the balance between a rigorous college preparatory academic program and a vibrant, creative, and supportive school community. Griffin students gain admission into some of the best colleges and universities across the country; more importantly, they become creative, curious, authentic human beings.
Special features: Interactive classes are capped at 15 students. Academic programming fosters artistic expression, critical thinking, and genuine involvement in the school and Austin community. The school offers Advanced Placement courses across all disciplines, a broad array of fine arts classes, and a competitive sports program. Griffin is currently expanding enrollment with the addition of a new building on the campus, located in Central Austin in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood. Learn more about Griffin School at weekly Thursday morning tours.
Schedule: 8:45am–4pm Monday–Friday; mostly follows AISD calendar
Tuition: $15,550 per year, plus an $850 annual fee
Contact: Caroline Wilson | 512-454-5797 | admisssions@griffinschool.org

Growing Curiosity Community School

Location: North Central Austin
9000 Georgian Drive
Austin, TX 78753
Students served: Ages 3–6
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2018; maximum of 25
Model/philosophy: Child-centered program with a strong belief in following the child through observation in order to aid in their development and learning. Adults provide support to build strong social-emotional skills and foster an expanding sense of the world through cultural education and an anti-bias curriculum.
Special features: Children help prepare snacks and lunch, maintain the classroom, and teach one another. Lead teacher is English-speaking, assistant interacts with children in Spanish, and books and materials are available in both languages. Complete Montessori Children’s House, plant-based kitchen (snacks and lunch available on-site), gardening and outdoor education, Spanish bilingual morning program, loose parts playground with plenty of space to run, priority on social-emotional development, need-based scholarship program (nonprofit school).
Schedule: 7:30am–6pm (drop-off window 7:30–8:30am) Monday–Friday; following Austin ISD calendar, with 3 two-week sessions available during the summer. Half-time mornings are available as well, 8am–12:30pm.
Tuition: $975/month full-time; $750 half-time; $120/month lunch program; no fees; need-based scholarships available
Contact: Breana Sylvester, Head of School | breana@growingcuriosity.org

Huntington-Surrey School

Location: Northwest Austin
5206 Balcones Drive
Austin TX 78731
Students served: College preparatory students in grades 9–12
Current enrollment: 28 (maximum of 50)
Model/philosophy: Small classes, personal attention, a positive learning environment, and a strong academic program help students to gain confidence and a sense of responsibility. Students learn how to think, not what to think.
Special features: Low student-to-teacher ratios: 8–1 in core classes, 6–1 in math, and 1–1 in literature; 100% college acceptance; shorter class days allow students to pursue special interests; all teachers have degrees in the subjects they teach; Certified Academic Language Therapist on staff offering support for college-bound students with dyslexia and for other alternative learners as needed
Schedule: 9th and 10th graders attend core classes M–Th 8:30am–12:09pm. 11th and 12th graders attend core classes M–Th 1:11pm–4:50pm. All grades attend foreign language classes M–Th 12:15pm–1:05pm. All grades attend elective classes Fridays 8:30am–12:09pm. School year begins the Wednesday after Labor Day and ends with graduation on the last weekend in May.
Tuition: Nonrefundable annual enrollment fee: $2,650 (includes payment for May tuition). Monthly tuition: $1350.00 (excludes payment for May).
Contact: Light German or Johni Walker-Little | 512-478-4743 | huntington.surrey@gmail.com

The Inside Outside School

Location: near SH 130 & Cameron Road
5530 Killingsworth Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
(transportation provided from North Central Austin)
Students served: K through 5th grade
Current enrollment: 34
Model/philosophy: Educating for Human Greatness and Nature-Based Integrated Thematic Instruction
Special features: Democratic approach; relevant, place-based, independent, and collaborative study projects that help students learn how to think rather than what to think; reading, writing, and math taught as tools of inquiry; community stewardship; focus on connecting to the natural world; 7.28-acre campus with a natural running creek, gardening, and farm animals. This year the integrated theme is “Here Comes the Sun.”
Tuition: $8,000 per year plus enrollment fee
Schedule: Monday–Friday 8:30am–3:30pm (drop-off begins at 8am, pick-up ends at 4pm; September–August
Contact: Deborah Hale | 512-251-1109 | insideoutsideschool@gmail.com

 

Integrity Academy

Location: South Central Austin
1701 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704
Students served: Ages 3 to 18
Current enrollment: 60 students ages 3–13; Levels 6 & 7 coming Spring 2017; maximum of 140 students
Model/philosophy: The Integrative Method—using a multi-age, team-teaching, project-based, non-graded, developmental-continuum approach to learning, with the whole community learning together in order to be healthy, wealthy, and wise; the Natural Learning Relationships approach, which fosters healthy socio-emotional development through leadership activities, interaction with nature, business, dramatic arts, graphic arts, maker arts, yogic arts, culinary arts, and foreign language; support of the whole child as well as the whole family with experiential, social education
Special features: A versatile, year-round calendar in which students attend 4 to 5 days per week, 6 to 10 hours per day, with 6 units of study per year (these units consist of 7 weeks of learning followed by 1-to 2-week breaks, and 3 break camps are offered during the nontraditional breaks); whole-food, plant-based nutrition for the whole student body provided by Casa de Luz; connection to farms, food, and kitchen as integral parts of the program. Level 6 & 7 students will work on campus with learning mentors 2–3 days per week and 1–2 days per week off campus at an internship with one of our partners; partners include Natural Epicurean, Urban Roots, Green Corn Project, Karisha Community, YMCA, Earth Native Wilderness School, and Casa de Luz.
Tuition:
Integrity Academy program (M–Th, 9am–3pm): $10,000 per year; $500 registration & $250 supply fee
Annual Meal Plan: $1,000 per year (includes lunch and nutrition class material)
Morning Embodiment program (M–Th, 8–9am): $1,000 per year
Afternoon Performing Arts program (M–F, 3–6pm) & Break Camps (M–F 8am–3pm): provided by Firefly Expressive Arts
Friday Artist in Residence program (Fridays 8am–3pm)
1, 2, and 11 monthly installments available
First steps: Sign up for a seat at an information session here
Contact: Ali Ronder | 512-535-1277 | ali@integrityacademy.org

The Joule School

Location: Cedar Park
3402 Little Elm Trail
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Students served: Age 3–8th Grade
Current enrollment: 17, accepting a maximum of 25
Model/philosophy: Joule is a school designed by a nine-year-old gifted kid.  (You can read this story on the school’s website.) Students don’t sit still and don’t do worksheets. Classes are fun, usually involve singing about what the students are learning, and take place outside whenever possible. Classes are multi-age groups with flexible pacing, so students are able to advance whenever they are ready, rather than waiting until the end of the year.          
Special features:  Year-round school. Students aged 6 and under may choose either a full-day or partial-day schedule. Electives include French, Spanish, Latin, piano, typing/programming, and gardening. The school day is split between time with an instructor (completely hands-on) and independent work time.  Many different areas of study are available, such as pottery, sewing, entrepreneurship, and cooking. The Joule School is the regional hub for Youth Mensa of Central Texas, and Madison McWilliams, principal of Joule, is now also the Gifted Youth Coordinator for this region of Mensa. Activities for Young Mensans throughout the region are offered at and through The Joule School.  It is also the official school of historic Nameless Schoolhouse in Leander, a one-room school built in 1909.  The Joule School partners with the Schoolhouse to explore how the one-room model can be applied to contemporary microschools today, including holding classes throughout the year in its fully restored 108-year-old classroom.
Schedule:  Year-round
Partial day: 8:15am–1:30pm (option for students ages 6 and under)
Full day: 8:15am–4:00pm
Before-/after-school care: 7:30am–5:30pm
Tuition:  
Partial day: $8,600 per year; Full Day: $10,500 per year
Contact: Madison McWilliams, M.Ed, G.A.C.  |  818-925-6853 | office@jouleschool.com

 

KọSchool

Location: South Central Austin
1701 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704
Students served: Ages 13–20 (roughly grades 8–13)
Current enrollment: 30 (growing to a maximum of 150)
Model/philosophy:  KọSchool is a unique educational community whose mission is to develop FutureAuthors—people who continually improve, can teach themselves anything, and are driven to make the world a better place. The word Kọ (pronounced “co” as in “co-locate”) means “to learn and build” in the Nigerian language Yoruba. KọSchool is designed for self-directed teens who are seeking an opportunity to achieve extraordinary things intellectually, creatively, and entrepreneurially. The school provides the guidance to support distinctive individual achievement. KọSchool has created a purpose-driven culture that nurtures students by cultivating authentic leadership, personal development, and autodidacticism on a foundation of love, reverence, and inspiration.
Special features: Students participate in a core program consisting of Socratic Practice, Problem Solving, and Personal Development & Leadership. During Socratic, students discuss and dissect complex texts, developing their ability to think and write critically. Problem Solving presents groups of students with complex problems in mathematics, design, and engineering. Personal Development & Leadership is a program based on the coaching model increasingly used by high-performance executives, adapted for teens. In addition to the core program, students engage in a variety of independent projects, AP courses, and diverse electives.
Schedule: Monday–Thursday 10:00am–4:00pm, with optional electives 8:30am–10:00am and 4:00pm–5:30pm. The school also offers a Friday enrichment program from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The school calendar generally follows that of Austin ISD (August–June).
Tuition:
8th Grade: $14,700 per year + fees
9th–13th Grades : $17,000 per year + fees
Contact: EvaClaire Albion-Wright, Admissions | 512-256-7675 | admissions@koschool.org

La Petite Maternelle Fleur de Lys

Location: North Austin, close to the Domain
11709 Drayton Dr.
Austin, TX 78758
Students served: Ages 2.5 to 5 years
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2017 (rolling admissions); maximum of 8 students
Model/philosophy: La Petite Maternelle Fleur de Lys operates on the belief that every child deserves a wonderful start in life. Students are held to high expectations but are allowed to learn, grow, and explore at their own pace.
Special features: La Petite Maternelle Fleur de Lys is a French immersion home-based preschool that will bring a warm, multilingual, and “green” environment to your child, guided by a play-based philosophy. Your child will be immersed in three languages—French, English, and an introduction to Spanish—in a place that feels just like home.
Schedule: La Petite Maternelle Fleur de Lys follows a 9-month school calendar (September–May, 9am–2:50pm). It is open Monday–Friday, with options to enroll 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week.
Tuition: Monthly tuition varies depending on your preschool needs. Monday–Friday (5 days per week): $785; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (4 days): $635; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (3 days): $525; Tuesday and Thursday (2 days): $395; Wednesday only (1 day): $175. Payment options: monthly, semi-annually, or one annual payment.
Contact: Genevieve Rheault, Owner, Director, Teacher | lapetitematernellefleurdelys@gmail.com | 512-826-6403 | Please visit the program website for more details.

Lake Travis STEM Academy

Location: Northwest Austin
13315 El Salido Parkway
Austin, TX 78613
Students served: Currently enrolling K–9th grade with plans to grow with students to 12th grade
Current enrollment: 30
Model/philosophy: LTSA is a private, four-day STEM Academy built on experiential learning models, combining experiential learning with STEM integration. LTSA’s mission is to inspire and create authentic curriculum to provide a balanced learning environment, nurturing children’s natural curiosity about their world with student-centered experiences.
Special features: Curriculum is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) integrated into the core curriculum and emphasizes inquiry-based learning, experiential learning, problem solving, and the development of 21st-century skills; teachers are certified, with more than 40 years of combined teaching experience; formal school days Monday–Thursday, 8:45am–3:30pm, with an optional 5th day Enrichment Day; Enrichment Classes on Fridays are also available to community students
Tuition:
      Elementary School Grades (K–5th; Monday–Thursday 8:45am–3:30pm)
      Tuition: $8,000/school year (August 29, 2016 – May 25, 2017)
      Application/Registration fee for new students: $175
         (nonrefundable processing fee due when application submitted)
      Enrollment Fee: $600 (due at registration appointment)
      Supplies and Field Experience Fees; $200
      Early dropoff 7:30 am–8:30 am available (extra fee)
      After school care–details available upon request
      Friday Enrichment classes available (extra fees)
      Middle School Grades (6th–9th; Monday–Thursday 8:45am–3:30pm)
      Tuition: $9,170 per school year (August 29, 2016–May 25, 2017)
      Application/Registration fee for new students: $175
         (nonrefundable processing fee due when application submitted)
      Wait list fee: $50
      Enrollment Fee: $600 (due at registration appointment )
      Supplies and Field Experience Fees: $300
      Early dropoff 7:30am–8:30am (extra fee)
      Friday Enrichment classes available (extra fees)
Contact: Kori McLain | 512-784-7082 | kori@LTSTEMacademy.org

Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School

Location: Central Austin
708 East 51st St
Austin, TX 78751
Students served: Ages 3–6
Current enrollment: 22
Model/philosophy: The Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School offers a full-day Mandarin Chinese immersion experience. Students develop their Chinese language skills through a thematic and content-based curriculum and through creative play. Practical life skills are also included in the program to give students a sense of empowerment and confidence.
Special features: Full-day, state-accredited, Chinese immersion
Schedule: Monday–Thursday 8:30am–3:30pm, with optional Friday; full academic year
Tuition: For tuition details and policies, please contact the school.
Contact: Jiao Li, School Director | 512-380-9552 | info@littletigerchinese.com

Long-View

Location: Central Austin, near UT
1201 W. 24th Street
Austin, TX 78705
Students served: 2nd–5th graders who are highly motivated, eager to collaborate, and curious
Current enrollment: 2016–2017 year capped at 24 students
Model/philosophy: Long-View is a micro-school that grew out of the renowned mathematics program, The Number Lab, which facilitates deep learning, strong number sense, and algebraic thinking. Long-View builds upon the philosophies of The Number Lab and expands to a “focused academic footprint” encompassing reading, writing, science, computer science, and mathematics. In Long-View’s micro-school model students receive a deep and thoughtful curriculum in these core academic areas, and then parents customize the rest of a child’s schooling in regards to arts, sports, and areas of interest after 2:30pm and on Fridays. Long-View is a great fit for families seeking an innovative educational model with a strong STEM focus.
Special features: Students typically progress 2 to 3 years in mathematics over the course of an academic year; unique environment inspired by design-thinking principles; purposeful lessons targeting a growth mindset; hands-on science curriculum complemented by engineering/design challenges; computer science curriculum builds upon thinking patterns developed in mathematics program and teaches coding in Python; reading and writing program follows Reading and Writing Workshop approach and has a strong focus on nonfiction as well as independent choice in regards to books and writing endeavors; school is M–Th, 9:00am–2:30pm with fairly traditional school calendar.
Tuition: $9,500 annually; can be paid in installments
Contact: Lisa Zapalac | 512-988-9887 | lzapalac@long-view.com

The Magnolia School

Location: Lake Travis area
2903 Ranch Road 620 North
Austin, TX 78734
Students served: Ages 3 through 13 (opening middle school in Fall 2017)
Current enrollment: 65 (increasing to a capacity of 100)
Model/philosophy: Self-paced, individualized, and fun learning; students are grouped by their academic level and taught in groups of varied sizes; lessons are adjusted to meet each child's learning style and are fun so children want to come to school and enjoy learning
Special features: Open year-round, from 7:30am to 5:30pm; parents are welcome to drop off and pick up kids anytime during open hours; 3-week academic boosters available in summer
Tuition: $11,700 ($975 monthly); discounts available for siblings and when paying for the year in full
Contact: Glenn Carter | 512-266-9620 | info@TheMagnoliaSchoolATX.com