Location: West Central Austin
Students served: 2–6 year olds / Pre-K / Kindergarten / General and Special Education
Current enrollment: 20; maximum of 24
Model/philosophy: Little Sparks is a licensed, low-ratio preschool program that embraces inclusion and diversity. Little Sparks celebrates each individual child and supports their development through natural teaching opportunities and a play-based approach to learning.
Special features: Little Sparks teachers are highly qualified and passionate educators with extensive experience and education in child development and early childhood education. Each classroom is led by a teacher with a bachelor's or master's degree in education or a related field. In order to provide individualized learning for all children, Little Sparks ensures a maximum ratio of one teacher for six children. Each classroom also has the benefit of including highly trained therapists to facilitate the inclusion of all children.
Schedule: Year-round schedule; enroll at any time when space is available. 2-, 3-, and 5-day options with part-day (8:30am–2:30pm) or full-day (8:30am–5:00pm) schedules available. Early drop-off also available.
Tuition: Competitive tuition rates. Tuition is based on part-time or full-time enrollment.
Contact: Shelly Sully, Director | 512-900-1425 | Shelly@spark-learning.com
Each listing in this alphabetical directory gives you a snapshot of a small, independent, alternative school in the Austin area.
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