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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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