Location: Central Austin
306 W. 29th Street
Austin, TX 78705
Students served: Pre-K (4)–12th grade
Current enrollment: 73 (2019–2020)
Model/philosophy: The mission of Kirby Hall School is to prepare bright and kind young people for a life of academic success, personal fulfillment, and dedicated service to local, national, and global community.
Special features: Historic building; located within walking distance of UT Austin; small class sizes; warm, family community; high academics in a nurturing environment; ability to individualize class schedules
Schedule: Pre-K (4): 8am–1:30pm (extended day available until 3:20pm); Elementary (Kindergarten–5th grade): 8am–3:20pm (extended day available until 5:30pm); Middle and Upper School (6th–12th grade): 8am–4:15pm (extended day available until 5:30pm)
Tuition: Pre-K (4): $9,800 per year; Kindergarten–8th Grade: $14,995 per year; 9th–12th grade: $17,875 per year. Academic Fees: Primer, $825; Kinder, $875; Grades 1–5, $1075; Grades 6–8 $1075; Grades 9–12, $1075. Payments made in full or monthly through FACTS Management system. Financial aid applications available.
Contact: Emily Gonzales, Director of Admissions | 512-474-1770, ext. 4 | 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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