Abrome

Location: Bee Cave / West Lake Hills
10201 Aqua Azul Court
Austin, TX 78733
Students served:  Ages 3–19 or grades Pre-K–12th
Current enrollment: Rolling admissions. Learners can start at any time because Abrome is a year-round, self-directed learning space. Maximum of 20.
Model/philosophy: Compassionate, non-coercive, and self-directed. A psychologically safe space where young people of all ages come together to create their own deep, meaningful, and enduring learning experiences that will allow them to lead remarkable lives by the age of 18. Abrome Learners may launch a company, start a social movement, create beautiful works of art, master a trade, or get into Harvard or Stanford. Abrome Learners have agency, intention, and purpose.
Special features: Emancipated Learning. A learning space free of coercion, hierarchy, and standardization: no age-based segregation, one-size-fits-all curriculum, homework, classes, testing, or grades. Instead, each Learner goes through a cyclical process of identifying their unique needs, goals, and interests, and then, through collaboration with Learning Coaches, peers, and members of their community, embarking upon a learning journey that allows them to demonstrate excellence and intellectual vitality. Elite college admissions: Almost 50 percent of past consulting clients have gained admission into Harvard or Stanford, and 75 percent have gained admission into Top 10 colleges or universities.
Schedule: 10am–4pm Monday–Friday. Early drop-off from 8:30am, late pickup until 5pm. Year-round, 210-day academic calendar. Learners are encouraged to take up to 30 days off per year for day trips, camps, internships, family vacations, etc. By the time Learners are in their teenage years, they may spend significant time engaged in self-directed learning experiences in the community during the day, in addition to at Abrome.
Tuition: A sliding-scale tuition policy allows Abrome to pursue its commitment to diversity, particularly economic, racial, and cultural diversity. Tuition ranges from $600 to $16,200 per year ($50–$1,350 per month) based on age and family income, plus fees. 30–70% sibling discounts based on number of Learners and family income.
Contact: Antonio Buehler | 989-312-3648 | antonio@abrome.com

Academy of Thought and Industry

Location: South Central Austin
1701 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704
Students served: Ages 13–18 (grades 8–12)
Current enrollment: 25 (growing to a maximum of 100)
Model/philosophy: Each Academy of Thought and Industry high school is a high-accountability, high-autonomy learning community focused on personal, academic, and professional excellence. Together with each student, we establish and refine individualized goals achieved through personally meaningful work. Each student will acquire the requisite content, skills, and experiences to prepare him or her to thrive in the life he or she wants to live.
Special Features: At ATI, students can expect real-world projects to support deep engagement, rigorous academics, flexible programing to support individual excellence, and a warm community that fosters connection and health. Each child has a personal mentor designed to ensure they are making progress in every dimension. The school features daily Socratic discussions designed to develop their abilities to read, think, write, and score well on the SAT verbal exam along with an analogous mathematics program designed to develop the ability to think mathematically and score well on the SAT math exam.
Schedule: Monday–Thursday, 10am–4pm; independent Fridays with accountability support
Tuition: Please email austin@thoughtandindustry.com for a Tuition Rate Sheet.
Contact: EvaClaire Albion-Wright | austin@thoughtandindustry.com

Acton Academy

Location: East Austin (see also other Acton campuses in the metro area)
2201 Alexander Ave.
Austin, TX 78722
Students served: Elementary School, ages 6 through 10; Middle School, ages 11 through 14; High School, ages 14 through 18
Current enrollment: 100
Model/philosophy: Every child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way. Acton’s mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters the doors to find that calling and develop the passion to pursue it.
Special features: Online adaptive software for math and language, project-based learning, Socratic discussion groups, examination of the Hero’s Journey and how it applies personally to each student
Schedule: 8am–3:15pm Monday through Friday; September–mid-July
Tuition: $930 per month for an 11-month school year (totals $10,230)
Contact: Jeff Sandefer | info@actonacademy.org

Alpha

Location: West Austin
1044 Liberty Park Drive
Austin, TX 78746
Students served: Ages 5 to 18
Current enrollment: 100
Model/philosophy: Alpha is a K-12 private school that believes firmly that success lies in hard work and innovation. Alpha makes three promises to students and families: (1) Students love school. (2) Students learn 2x faster. (3) Students learn life skills.
Special features: Alpha utilizes adaptive technology to provide a personalized learning experience. The program includes integrated project-based learning and an emphasis on practical life skills, such as public speaking and leading a group. Alpha students build subject mastery and have control over their daily learning path.
Schedule: Students at Alpha attend school in 6-week blocks running from late August to the last day of June. The school day is 8:45am–3:30pm Monday–Friday.
Tuition: $10,500 annually. Alpha is sensitive to the financial situations of all families and is dedicated to providing tuition assistance to qualified applicants.
Contact: info@go-alpha.com | 512-358-1672

Austin OneHeart School

Location: South Austin
8601 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78748
Students served: Ages 3–18
Current enrollment: Year-round academic and admissions cycle
Model/philosophy: Austin OneHeart School believes that everything and anything people do in life flows from OneHeart. Both the Lower School (ages 5–6, plus mature 4-year-olds and 3-year-olds) and the Upper School (ages 7–18) emphasize each person’s connection to the planet and integrated learning. The school invites young people to explore, enjoy, and embrace the wonder and beauty of themselves and the world.
Special features: Lower School activities include gardening, storytelling, music, painting, crafts, nature exploration, and movement. Upper School activities include permaculture; social enterprise training; filmmaking; storytelling (including digital); movement; integrated learning model for math, physical, and social sciences, literature, and history; coding; foreign language; problem solving; mind-body connection; performing and visual arts; parkour; rowing; swimming; and cultural immersion (optional).
Schedule: Lower School meets Monday–Friday 9am–3 pm; and Upper School (ages 7–18) meets Monday–Friday 9:30am–3:30pm. Austin OneHeart School is on a year-round calendar; please visit the school’s website for details.
Tuition: Please visit the Austin OneHeart School website for tuition details and scholarship information.
Contact: S. Kristin Kim, Founder | 737-808-3318 | Open@OneHeartSchool.org

Clearview Sudbury School

Location: Central East Austin
1507 Wilshire Blvd.
Austin, TX 78722
Students served: Ages 5 through 18
Current enrollment: 50
Model/philosophy: Sudbury model
Special features: Self-directed learning in a democratic, multi-age community; full respect for students and intellectual freedom
Schedule: 8am–5pm Monday–Friday; follows AISD calendar
Tuition: $7,500 per year; sibling discounts and tuition assistance available
Contact: Kimberly Engleman | 512-524-0085 | office@clearviewsudburyschool.org

Fusion Academy

Location: West Austin
4701 Bee Caves Road, Suite 101
Austin, TX 78746
Students served: The Academy is available for 6th–12th graders; tutoring provided for all ages.
Current enrollment: Fusion is year-round, so students can start classes at any time because their classes are one-on-one; maximum of 65 students in the Academy.
Model/philosophy: Fusion Academy is unique in that every class is taught with one teacher and one student. This allows teachers to create a very customized and supportive learning environment for each and every student.  The Academy also provides students with a fun, creative, and full school culture; even though classes are taught one-to-one, the structure allows a strong emphasis on socialization.
Special features: What makes Fusion work is the commitment to meeting each student right where they are, creating a meaningful connection, and finding the very best way to unlock each student’s passion for learning and discovery.  Also, all homework is completed on campus, to help take stress out of the home. Students can be fully enrolled, dual-enrolled with another school, or take individual classes for credit.
Schedule: Classes have staggered start times. The first class available would be 7:30am, and the school closes at 7:30pm.  Student start times vary depending on their schedules. We offer rolling enrollment, so a student’s first class of a semester starts on their first day, no matter what day of the year it is.  Fusion still runs on a semester system and is open year around, including summer.
Tuition: Total tuition is calculated on a per-course basis, and cost per course for the 2018–2019 school year varies, as follows:
     High school tuition: $3,350 per semester per course
     High school honors tuition: $3,900 per semester per course
     Middle school tuition: $3,900 per semester per course
     Tutoring, including SAT/ACT test prep: $90 per hour
Contact: Amanda Garrett | (512) 330-0188 | agarrett@fusionacademy.com

Griffin School

Location: Central Austin
5001 Evans Avenue
Austin, TX 78751
Students served: 9th–12th grades
Current enrollment: 125
Model/philosophy: Founded in 1996, Griffin School provides students with a high school program that values individuality, creativity, and community. What makes Griffin unique is the balance between a rigorous college preparatory academic program and a vibrant, creative, and supportive school community. Griffin students gain admission into some of the best colleges and universities across the country; more importantly, they become creative, curious, authentic human beings.
Special features: Interactive classes are capped at 15 students. Academic programming fosters artistic expression, critical thinking, and genuine involvement in the school and Austin community. The school offers Advanced Placement courses across all disciplines, a broad array of fine arts classes, and a competitive sports program. The campus is centrally located in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood. Learn more about Griffin School at weekly Thursday morning tours.
Schedule: 8:45am–4pm Monday–Friday; mostly follows AISD calendar
Tuition: $16,500 per year, plus an $850 annual fee
Contact: Caroline Wilson | 512-454-5797 | admisssions@griffinschool.org

Huntington-Surrey School

Location: North Central Austin (new location as of June 1, 2019)
4700 Grover Avenue
Austin TX 78756
Students served: Grades 9–12
Current enrollment: 35 (maximum of 50)
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; specialized staff to accommodate and support learning differences (high-functioning autism, sensory processing, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc.).
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: $16,000 per year; discount for paying in one lump sum
Contact: Pam Nicholas, School Director | 512-502-5400 | contact form on website

Ignite Schools

Location: Public spaces in Austin
Students served: Ages 14–15 (grade 9)
Current enrollment: 1 (growing to a maximum of 8)
Model/philosophy: Ignite, a learning model and microschool, combines proven theory in human behavior with new methodology to explore equitable solutions to structural issues in the education system. Students use public spaces to identify multiple environments that elicit inspiration. They focus entirely on the mastery of a skill/content before moving to another skill or new content. They are not pressured by the timeline of the syllabus but are focused on laying the necessary groundwork for educational retention.
Special features: Students meet weekly to collaborate in public spaces (determined by Ignite students). They meet a total of 12 hours per week. They spend four hours completing tasks that require them to observe, think, and create. Experts provide feedback on these tasks. Four hours are spent collaborating on their academic coursework with experts present. The remaining four hours are unstructured to allow students the ability to determine how to use their time and to provide them with time and space to complete a research project. All of the collaboration sessions include critical thinking development and physical education as Ignite sees students holistically.
Schedule: Weekday evenings 6pm–9pm and on weekends. Dates determined by the cohort of students.
Tuition: None; tuition free
Contact: Julia Sainz or Travis Helm | igniteschoolsaustin.org/contact

Inclusive Educations

Location: Northwest Austin
8600 White Cliff Drive
Austin, TX 78759
Students served: K–12; all-inclusive classrooms
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2018
Model/philosophy: Inclusive Educations offers all-inclusive classes for grades K–12. It is currently open on Mondays and Fridays, 9am–12pm for K–6, and 12:30pm–3:30pm for grades 7–12. The curriculum is based on the state standards and is differentiated to meet individual needs. The school’s philosophy is to work with each student’s talents, gifts, and interests to develop vision, imagination, practical skills, confidence, self and social wellbeing, and a love for learning. "All-inclusive” means there is a mutual respect for differences. It is even encouraged for students and staff to appreciate those differences and to look forward to how we can harmonize that richness to productively cohabitate.
Special features: Student-to-teacher/paraprofessional ratio is 5:1. A minimum of 30 minutes of one-on-one teaching per meeting session. Instruction is at a challenging yet supportive rigor. All teachers and paraprofessionals are aware of and anticipate student possibilities beyond the instructional scope. Blended learning: instruction is a blend of hands-on, presentation, and technology. Students are expected to do their best. There are discounts for siblings.
Schedule: September–May. Grades K–6 meet Mondays and Fridays, 9am–12pm. Grades 7–12 meet Mondays and Fridays, 12:30pm–3:30pm. For Tuesday–Thursday, supplemental work is given via Google classroom for homework practice.
Tuition: There are several options for paying tuition: annual ($4,800/year), semester ($2,400/semester), or monthly ($600/month).
Contact: Stacy Ford, M.Ed., Founder | 512-270-1005 | info@inclusive-ed.org

Lake Travis STEM Academy

Location: Northwest Austin
13315 El Salido Parkway
Austin, TX 78613
Students served: Currently enrolling K–12th grade
Current enrollment: 25
Model/philosophy: LTSA is a private, Advance-ED accredited STEM academy built on experiential learning models, combining experiential learning with STEM integration. LTSA’s mission is to inspire and create an authentic curriculum to provide a balanced learning environment, nurturing children’s natural curiosity about their world with student-centered experiences.
Special features: Curriculum is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) integrated into the core curriculum and emphasizes inquiry-based learning, experiential learning, problem solving, and the development of 21st-century skills; teachers are certified, with more than 40 years of combined teaching experience. New this year: M–W project-based collaborative classes for homeschool students to join the academy students. Please fill out an interest request form for a visit and tour today!
Schedule: Rolling enrollment for grades K–12. First day Aug. 27; last day May 23; summer camp programs June–August. Academy Hours: M–Th 8:30am-3:45pm; Friday Enrichment Program schedules vary and are open to both academy and community students. Please see website for more details.
Tuition:
      Elementary School Grades (K–5th)
      Monday–Thursday program: $8,000 per school year, plus nonrefundable fees (see details here)
      Optional Friday electives program: $2,000 per school year*
      Middle School Grades (6th–8th)
      Monday–Thursday program: $10,500 per school year, plus nonrefundable fees (see details here)
      Optional Friday electives program: $2,000 per school year*
      High School Grades (9th–12th)
      Monday–Thursday program: $10,500 per school year, plus nonrefundable fees (see details here);
      Elective, UTHS, Dual Credit, and AP courses will have separate course fees as well as exams for AP
      credit and acceleration (contact the school for details)
      Optional Friday electives program: $2,000 per school year*
Contact: Kori McLain | 512-784-7082 | kori@LTSTEMacademy.org
* You can customize your Friday with an à la carte menu and payment options. Or you can sign up for a full day (8:45–3:30).

Roving Learners

Location: South Central Austin
Based in the Travis Heights neighborhood
Students served: Ages 5–15
Current enrollment: 12
Model/philosophy: A traveling, experiential learning, hands-on school
Special features: Travel in a 15-passenger van around Central Texas to explore learning and spend time at the home base integrating these experiences as we focus on reading, writing, and math.
Schedule: 9am–3pm Monday–Friday. Follows AISD calendar during the school year. In the summer: Monday–Thursday, with breaks May 27–31, July 1–5, and Aug 12–16.
Tuition: $1000/month or $350/week or $100/day; $800 annual fee
Contact: John Thoms, Teacher/Co-owner | 512-731-9497 | john@BehaviorCreators.com

Skybridge Academy

Location: Dripping Springs
26450 Ranch Road 12
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Students served: Middle and high school students
Current enrollment: 62
Model/philosophy: Creating an environment where learning is sacred and everyone is committed to personal excellence
Special features: Full-time, liberal arts college environment for junior high and high school; 2-day and 3-day options for homeschoolers; individualized curriculum is made vital through relating academics to a student's personal talents and passions; college admissions test prep; flexible hours; use of technology; deep Socratic inquiry
Tuition: full-time, $14,500 per year; part-time, $10,820 per year
Contact: Mimi Curry, Director | 512-484-4976 | info@skybridgeatx.com