Location: South Central Austin
1701 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704
Students served: Ages 13–18 (grades 8–12)
Current enrollment: 30 (growing to a maximum of 100)
Model/philosophy: Rooted in a culture of kindness, KoSchool prepares students to be strong human beings and successful students through individual coaching, challenging coursework, and a warm community. KoSchool’s mission is to develop people who continually improve, can teach themselves anything, and are driven to make the world a better place. KoSchool is designed for self-directed teens who are seeking an opportunity to achieve extraordinary things intellectually, creatively, and entrepreneurially. The school provides the guidance to support distinctive individual achievement.
Special features: Students participate in a core program consisting of Socratic Practice, Math Problem Solving, and Personal Development & Authentic Leadership. During Socratic, students discuss and dissect complex texts, developing their ability to think and write critically. Problem Solving presents groups of students with complex problems in mathematics, design, and engineering. Personal Development & Authentic Leadership is a program focused on developing the skills to be strong human beings and give back through service, utilizing human-centered design thinking protocols to develop projects. In addition to the core program, students engage in academic (AP optional), project-based, and seminar-style classes.
Schedule: Monday–Thursday 10:00am–4:00pm, with optional electives and math support 9am–10am and 4pm–5pm. The school calendar generally follows that of Austin ISD (August–June).
Tuition: 8th grade: $14,700 per year + fees; 9th–12th grades: $17,000 per year + fees
Contact: KoSchool Admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org | more information at koschool.org
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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.