Location: Cedar Park / Leander
1607 High Chaparral Drive
Leander, TX 78641
Students served: Pre-K 4 through 8th grade; currently enrolling Pre-K through 7th and planning to add grades as the students complete them
Current enrollment: 30 (maximum of 50 for 2019–2020 school year)
Model/philosophy: ABCD is based on the Finnish education model, with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and hands-on lessons. We believe every child is capable and will be successful when every family belongs to a supportive educational community. As a hub for community, creativity, and academic excellence, Apple Blossom Center for Discovery will provide children with the elements of success.
Special features: Located on 2 shaded acres; small class sizes; extended school day (8am–4pm); loads of outdoor time; project-based curriculum
Schedule: 8:30am–3:50pm; no-fee early drop-off starting at 8am (see below for extended care fees); children should be picked up by 4:15pm unless enrolled in after-school care; teachers hold office hours between 4pm and 5pm daily
Full-time: $12,000 per year
Part-time: $9,500 (8am–1pm daily)
Fees: $550 ($50 application and $500 registration fee)
Extras (monthly contract):
Before-school care (7:30am–8am): $150/month
After-school care (4:00pm–5:30pm): $180/month
Both before- and after-school care: $275/month
Single/Incidental Fees (no contract):
Before-school care: $10 per day
After-school care $12 per day
Late pickup fee (after 6pm): $25
Contact: Gina Bennette, Principal/Director | firstname.lastname@example.org | 512-213-4944
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