Location: Round Rock / North Austin / Pflugerville
Students served: Currently enrolling grades K–5; grades 6–12 coming soon.
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2019; maximum of 34.
Model/philosophy: Individualized, tech-savvy, hands-on learning and life skills for whole-child development. Gantry Academy is a partnership in discovery to provide comprehensive, individualized education that enables each learner to flourish with honesty, compassion, and personal responsibility.
Special features: The Gantry Method is STEAM+, focused on pro-social behavior within the Science and Technology framework of STEAM. Gantry Academy emphasizes teamwork, investigation, and critical thinking. Each unit is learner driven so that they are empowered with the responsibility for achieving their own goals.
Schedule: Year-round beginning September 9, 2019, with 3-week breaks every unit. Details here. Monday–Friday 8:15am–3:00pm. Sample schedule here. Early care: 7am–8am. After care: 3pm–6pm.
Tuition: $12,000 per year; scholarships available based on need. Early care: $1,000. After care: $2,000. Break camps: $250 per week.
Contact: Jennifer Phillips | 512-655-3376 | Director@GantryAcademy.org
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