Location: Northwest Austin
5206 Balcones Drive
Austin TX 78731
Students served: Grades 9–12
Current enrollment: 35 (maximum of 50); now enrolling for the 2018–2019 school year
Model/philosophy: College and life prep. Offering full curriculum as well as à la carte courses. Homeschoolers welcome. Small classes, personal attention, a positive learning environment, and a strong academic program help students to gain confidence and a sense of responsibility. Honoring and encouraging all types of learning.
Special features: Low student-to-teacher ratios; unique literature groups; exciting electives; part-time school day; personalized college and career advising.
Schedule: 9th and 10th graders attend core classes M–Th mornings starting at 8:15am; 11th and 12th graders attend core classes M–Th afternoons; some classes appropriate for all grades are offered mid-day. All grades attend elective classes Fridays 8:15am–12pm. School year begins the Wednesday after Labor Day and ends with graduation on the last weekend in May.
Tuition: $15,250 per year
Contact: Catherine Cotman | 512-502-5400 | contact form on website
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.