Location: South Austin
8601 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78748
Students served: Ages 3–6 and 11–18
Current enrollment: Year-round academic and admissions cycle
Model/philosophy: Austin OneHeart School believes that everything and anything people do in life flows from OneHeart. Both the Lower School (3–6 years) and the Upper School (11–18 years) emphasize each person’s connection to the planet and integrated learning. The school invites young people to explore, enjoy, and embrace the wonder and beauty of themselves and the world.
Special features: Lower School Program activities include gardening, storytelling, music, painting, crafts, nature exploration, and movement. Upper School Program activities include permaculture; social enterprise training; storytelling (including digital); movement; integrated learning model for math, physical and social sciences, literature, and history; coding; foreign language; problem solving; mind-body connection; performing and visual arts; swimming; and cultural immersion (optional).
Schedule: The Lower School (ages 3–6) meets Monday–Friday 9am–3pm, with extended day option; and the Upper School (ages 11–18) meets Monday–Friday 10am–4pm. Austin OneHeart School is on a year-round calendar; please visit the school’s website for details.
Tuition: Visit the Austin OneHeart School website for tuition details and scholarship information.
Contact: S. Kristin Kim, Founder | 737-808-3318 | Open@OneHeartSchool.org
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