Location: Central Austin
4314 Medical Parkway, Suite 101
Austin, TX 78756
Students served: Ages 11–14. Beta is currently admitting middle school–aged students who have an abiding interest in learning that motivates a strong work ethic. Beta conducts the admissions program without respect to race, color, religious disposition, creed, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Current enrollment: 6 students (2 more spots currently open)
Model/philosophy: Beta is an Austin micro-school that is a collaborative effort between parents, teachers, and students. Its goal is to put into practice what works best for the children to become literate, capable, diligent, critical thinkers who have learned to persevere and become active members of the school community. Beta School believes that children need to be provided with instruction that is as individualized as possible. Beta students feel safe and respected and gain a wealth of experiences as well a sense of accomplishment from all of their hard work.
Special features: Beta School of Austin provides a relaxed, homelike environment. It is a great place for gifted students, students with anxiety issues, high-achieving students, and students with attention issues who would benefit from a very small group environment.
Schedule: 9:30am–3:30pm Monday–Friday. Follows AISD calendar.
Tuition: $16,000 per year
Contact: Pamela Nicholas, Head of School | 512-808-6735 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Each listing in this alphabetical directory gives you a snapshot of a small, independent, alternative school in the Austin area.
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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.