Abrome

Location: Bee Cave / West Lake Hills
10201 Aqua Azul Court
Austin, TX 78733
Students served:  K–12; ages 5–19 (and 4-year-old siblings)
Current enrollment: 12 Learners and growing. Rolling admissions; Learners may enroll at any time because Abrome is a self-directed learning space.
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. Abrome is an Agile Learning Center, and all staff members are trained as Agile Learning Facilitators.
Special features: Emancipated Learning. A learning space free of coercion, hierarchy, and standardization: no age-based segregation, one-size-fits-all curriculum, homework, classes, tests, 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 the wider community, embarking upon a learning journey that allows them to demonstrate excellence and intellectual vitality.
Schedule: 10am–4pm Monday–Friday. 8:30am earliest dropoff, 4:30pm latest pickup. 182-day academic calendar. 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 family income, plus fees. 30–70% sibling discounts based on number of Learners and family income. Part-time enrollment available only for Learners under the age of 8.
Contact: Antonio Buehler | 989-312-3648 | antonio@abrome.com

ACE Academy

Location: North Central Austin
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
Students served: PreK–8th grade gifted learners
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2019; maximum of 125
Model/philosophy: Mission: ACE Academy provides a personalized education for gifted learners within a nurturing community. Vision: ACE students embrace complex and progressive curriculum, thrive in academic environments, and confront challenges with creativity and flexibility.
Special features: ACE Academy is an independent, private school that offers gifted programming from PreK to 8th grade. Established in 2005, ACE Academy educates an underserved community of learners in Austin, Texas. A commonly accepted statistic is that gifted learners are those who score in the top 5% of IQ tests. A GT student can vary radically in specific abilities or areas (asynchronous development). Because GT children process information differently from the average student, they need a learning environment flexible enough to meet and encourage these differences. Their unique ways of thinking are assets that must be valued and encouraged, or they may be suppressed, hidden, or lost.
Schedule: 7:45am–8:10am, free morning care available for all students; 8:15am–3pm, school hours for Blue pod–Green pod (PreK–2nd grade); 8:15am–3:30pm, school day hours for 3rd–8th grade; 3pm–5:45pm, aftercare hours. Follows AISD calendar with some modifications.
Tuition: Blue Pod through Green Pod, $16,500 per year, M–F, 8:15am–3pm; Elementary and Upper School, $16,500 per year, M–F, 8:15pm to 3:30pm. Sibling Discount, $900; New Student Fee (one-time), $1,000; Enrollment Fee (annual), $750; Materials Fee (annual), $400.
Contact: Nicki Hollums, Director of Admissions | nhollums@austingifted.org | 512-206-4070

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

Acton Academy West Austin

Location: West Lake Hills (serving Westlake, Rollingwood, Barton Hills, Tarrytown, and surrounding West Austin areas); founded in 2015
3423 Bee Cave Road
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Students served: Elementary (1st–5th), Middle School (6th–8th), and now accepting select high school students (9th–12th)
Current enrollment: 50;  currently enrolling for Fall 2018
Model/philosophy: Every child has a gift that can change the world in a profound way. The school’s mission is to inspire each child to find that calling and develop the passion to pursue it.  The founders believe that “learning to do” and “learning to be” are even more important than “learning to know.”
Special features: Acton Academy West Austin, founded in 2015, is a student-led, self-paced, private accredited school. The school uses online adaptive software for math and language, project-based learning, Socratic discussion groups, and examination of the Hero’s Journey and how it applies personally to each student.
Schedule: 8:30am–3:15pm, Monday–Friday. Acton West follows an 11-month trimester calendar that allows for students to have extended breaks throughout the year and maintains their interests and retention by shortening the summer break.
Tuition: $1,200 per month for 11 months ($13,200 total per year)
Contact: Jayme Bynum, Head of School | info@actonacademywest.com | actonacademywest.com

AHB Community School

Location: North Central Austin (Hyde Park neighborhood)
4001 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
Students served: Ages 5 through 13+
Current enrollment: 60+ students
Model/philosophy: A creative and collaborative educational alternative that cultivates authentic, balanced critical thinkers who are prepared for a life of learning and community engagement. Progressive, interdisciplinary, inquiry- and project-based.
Special features: 5-, 4-, and 3-day week options; before- and after-school programs and classes available; multi-age classes; team teaching; hands-on, project-based instruction; non-graded; parent involvement required; tours given for students and families applying for admission
Tuition: $6,600–$9,100 per year (paid in 1, 2, or 10 payments), plus fees for enrollment and supplies; some financial aid/scholarships available
Contact: Sasha Cesare, Executive Director | sasha@ahbcs.org | 512-299-5487

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

Apple Blossom Center for Discovery

Location: Cedar Park / Leander
1607 High Chaparral Drive
Leander, TX 78641
Students served: Pre-K 4 through 8th grade; currently enrolling Pre-K through 7th and planning to add grades as the students complete them
Current enrollment: 30 (maximum of 50 for 2019–2020 school year)
Model/philosophy: ABCD is based on the Finnish education model, with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and hands-on lessons. We believe every child is capable and will be successful when every family belongs to a supportive educational community. As a hub for community, creativity, and academic excellence, Apple Blossom Center for Discovery will provide children with the elements of success.
Special features: Located on 2 shaded acres; small class sizes; extended school day (8am–4pm); loads of outdoor time; project-based curriculum
Schedule: 8:30am–3:50pm; no-fee early drop-off starting at 8am (see below for extended care fees); children should be picked up by 4:15pm unless enrolled in after-school care; teachers hold office hours between 4pm and 5pm daily
Tuition:
Full-time: $12,000 per year
Part-time: $9,500 (8am–1pm daily)
Fees: $550 ($50 application and $500 registration fee)
     Extras (monthly contract):
     Before-school care (7:30am–8am): $150/month
     After-school care (4:00pm–5:30pm): $180/month
     Both before- and after-school care: $275/month
     Single/Incidental Fees (no contract):
     Before-school care: $10 per day
     After-school care $12 per day
     Late pickup fee (after 6pm): $25
Contact: Gina Bennette, Principal/Director | g.bennette@abcdaustin.org | 512-213-4944

Austin OneHeart School

Location: South Austin
Austin OneHeart will be relocating in Fall/Winter 2019; please visit the school’s website for announcement of the exact location.
Students served: Ages 3–18
Current enrollment: Year-round academic and admissions cycle. Accepting applications for Fall 2020.
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: Monday–Friday 9:30am–3:30pm. Extended hours are also offered. 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

Austin Rising School

Location: Southwest Austin (behind the YMCA in Oak Hill)
6211 Parkwood Drive
Austin, TX 78735
Students served:  Grades 1–7
Current enrollment: 38
Model/philosophy: Austin Rising School is a school for homeschoolers offering a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day academic program. ARS is a hybrid co-op with highly talented teachers in addition to parent-taught classes (parents teach one month out of the year). Academics are interdisciplinary, focused, challenging, and fun. ARS is a community where relationships are nurtured among students, teachers, and families, with a responsive classroom environment where kindness and empathy are the school culture. A primary focus is on the emotional intelligence of each child through the empathy-based Kids of Kindness Club curriculum. The Middle School program is a preparatory program for high school. Highlights include executive functioning skills, LA focus on expanding vocabulary and developing a mature grasp of the five categories of language arts (writing, reading, listening, viewing, and speaking). The mentorship program not only develops leadership skills and responsibility in middle schoolers but also creates community and a positive school culture for everyone.
Special features: Block learning, allowing for deep exploration spanning all major content areas; arts-integrated and project-based learning in cross-curricular modules.
Schedule: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am–3:15pm, Thursdays 9am-2pm; August 25–May 6, with Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks
Tuition: $165–$455 per month
Contact: Michelle Larios | learnmore@austinrisingschool.com

Clearview Sudbury School

Location: Central East Austin
1507 Wilshire Blvd.
Austin, TX 78722
Students served: Ages 5 through 18
Current enrollment: 40
Model/philosophy: For over 50 years, the Sudbury model has shown that self-directed learning in democratic, mixed-age communities nurtures powerful learning and amazing growth. Given full measures of freedom and responsibility, students discover who they are, what they want, and how to achieve their goals. By working through challenges and obstacles in a scaled-down version of the larger world, they find their passions, learn to take initiative, and develop resourcefulness, resilience, and the ability to communicate articulately and persuasively.
Special features: Students from kindergarten through high school choose how to spend their days and participate in meetings that make and enforce the rules, spend the school’s money, and hire staff. Students enjoy a healthy, supportive environment in which individuals can monitor and attend to their needs, seek the assistance they require, and honor the freedom and dignity of others. A secular private school offering accessible tuition and need-based tuition assistance, Clearview is celebrating 10 years of operation this year.
Schedule: 8am–5pm Monday–Friday; follows AISD calendar
Tuition: $8,000 per year; sibling discounts and tuition assistance available
Contact: Rose Hardesty | 512-524-0085 | office@clearviewsudburyschool.org

E.S.T.E.A.M Academy

Location: Round Rock (also serving Georgetown, Leander, Cedar Park, Hutto, Pflugerville, and North Austin)
12 Lake Dr
Round Rock TX 78681
Students served: Ages 4–18
Current enrollment: Now enrolling Discovery (ages 4–6), Prep (1st–2nd), Upper ES (3rd–5th), Middle School / Jr. High (6th–9th).
Model/philosophy: Parents and students alike are enjoying the benefits of individualized learning at E.S.T.E.A.M Academy's Learning Community. This is not your ordinary school, and the students are not your ordinary students! Parents and students have a say in what will be brought in and how the school moves forward. Parents also have the opportunity to be involved in the community. The perfect candidates for E.S.T.E.A.M Academy students are self-sufficient, outside-the-box, creative thinkers and risk takers who dream big and are not afraid of failure.
Special features: Learning at E.S.T.E.A.M. includes Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math, Music, Movement, and more. Enrichment Clubs include Film, Robotics, Art, Mini Maker, Young Entrepreneurs, Performing Arts, Strategic Board Games, Cooking, Gardening, P.E., and Speech & Debate. After-school options include Video Game Design, Cooking Club, Group Guitar, Robotics Club, Kid/Teen Vocals, Digital Art, and eSports.
Schedule:
9am–4pm. Flexible options: 2-day, 3-day, or 5-day programs. 11-month school year with week-long breaks every 6 weeks.
Tuition: 5-day program, 9am–4pm Monday–Friday, $910 per month for 11 months. 3-day part-time program, 9am–4pm Tuesday–Thursday, $680 per month for 11 months. 2-day enrichment program, 9am–4pm Monday & Friday only, $360 per month for 9 months. After-School Project-Based Classes, 4:30pm–6:30 pm Monday–Friday, $98 per month per class. Summer camps (Educational & Maker Camps), 9am–4pm Monday–Friday, $235–385 per weekly camp.
Contact: Nicholle Walton-Durban | 310-384-3391 | esteamacademyrr@gmail.com

4Points Academy

Location: West-Northwest Austin (Steiner Ranch, 2222/620)
5145 Ranch Road, 620 N, Ste F-110
Austin, Texas, 78732
Students served: Elementary and Middle School (grades K–8)
Current enrollment: Now enrolling; rolling admission
Model/philosophy: The Academy's goal is to provide a 21st-century academic environment that will generate happy, well-adjusted, and confident students, academically advanced of their peers. The 4Points Academy approach to educating the whole child produces students who excel in academics while acquiring foreign language proficiency, leadership and business acumen with a global perspective, an appreciation of art and music, fundamental sports skills, and mastery of technological tools. The instructors, curriculum, and programs are specifically selected to provide these results.
Special features: In addition to the core subjects, the Academy offers instruction in Spanish, Mandarin, art, music, IT, programming, Introduction to Business and Innovation, leadership skills, as well as PE and sports mechanics. Part-time options available especially for homeschoolers, student athletes, gymnasts, dancers, and students who travel frequently.
Schedule: 8:30am–3:05pm Mon–Thur and 8:30am–1:30pm Fri; following Leander ISD calendar
Tuition: $10,500–$12,500; tuition may be lower if part-time option is selected
Contact: Nesia Isidore, Executive Director | 512-991-7950 | admin@4pointsacademy.com

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

The Girls’ School of Austin

Location: Central Austin
2007 McCall Road
Austin, Texas 78703
Students served: Girls in K–8th grades
Current enrollment: 150
Model/philosophy: Founded in 2002, The Girls’ School of Austin provides an academically challenging education for girls in a community that fosters creative learning and personal excellence. Its mission is to develop confident young women who lead intellectually vibrant and fulfilling lives.
Special features: An environment that supports quiet study and small-group collaboration; freedom from gender stereotypes that can affect both academic and social development; frequent opportunities to try new activities and new roles; and opportunities to develop leadership skills among supportive peers
Schedule: K–4th: 8am–3pm Mon–Fri. 5th–8th: 8am–3:30pm Mon–Fri. Aftercare available until 5:30pm. Similar calendar to local school districts.
Tuition: $14,730–$16,560 (includes supplies, books, and field trips) plus $1,000 annual registration fee, $2,500 one-time new student fee, and $50 one-time application fee. Financial aid is available to qualified families.
Contact: info@thegirlsschool.org

Great Minds Learning Community

Location: Pflugerville (serving Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and surrounding areas)
901 Cabriole Drive
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Students served: 2019–2020: Gifted and twice-exceptional* kids ages 6–16, grades 1–10 or equivalent (will grow into grades 11–12)
Current enrollment: 18 students; rolling admissions; maximum of 10 students in grades K–3 and 12 students in grades 4–10 for 2019–2020
Model/philosophy: Three-day program Tuesdays–Thursdays; personalized, sensory-friendly, intellectually rich, student-driven (with guided support), real-world learning with hands-on projects; nurturing the whole child; project-based both in groups and independently; collaborative, creativity- and innovation-based; environment of acceptance and encouragement and social connection. Students can delve deeply into their passions with student-driven goals and “play lists.” No grades, no homework, no standardized tests, mixed-age groupings.
Special features: Tailored to meet the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional (2e)* kids and the intense, challenging, and exhilarating facets that being gifted or 2e brings to your child’s educational experience—intellectually, socially, and emotionally. For students who would benefit from a nurturing, small-group, hands-on environment and who crave the freedom to pursue their passions and intense intellectual curiosity to the beat of their own drummer with like-minded peers.

*Twice-exceptional, meaning someone who is intellectually gifted and also has learning differences/challenges/disabilities, for example: dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, hypermobile/ADHD, sensory processing challenges, chemical sensitivity and allergies, Asperger's/High Functioning Autism, anxiety, or social difficulties.

Schedule: 2019–2020: Tuesday through Thursday, 9am–3pm, August–June, with short breaks throughout the year to allow time for recharging and travel; drop-off from 8:40am, pick-up until 3:20pm
Tuition: $6,000 per year plus $500 supply fee; 20% sibling discount
Contact: Deanne Repich, Head of School | 512-750-1417 | info@greatmindslc.com

Huntington-Surrey School

Location: North Central Austin (new location as of June 1, 2019)
4700 Grover Avenue
Austin TX 78756
Students served: Grades 8–12
Current enrollment: 25
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 that helps students gain confidence and a sense of responsibility. Honoring and encouraging all types of learning.
Special features: Fully accredited by AdvancED, low student-to-teacher ratios, unique 1:1 literature tutorials, student-choice-driven electives, part-time or full-time school day, personalized college and career advising, ACC Dual Credit Program offered, specialized staff to accommodate and support learning differences (high-functioning autism, sensory processing, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc.).
Schedule: 8th–10th graders attend core classes 8:30 am to 1:20 pm M–Th; 11th and 12th graders attend core classes M–Th 12:20 pm to 4:30 pm; elective classes available throughout the school day. School year begins the week before Labor Day and ends with graduation at the end of May. 1 full week off for Thanksgiving, 2 weeks for Winter Break, and 2 weeks off for Spring Break.
Tuition: $15,500 per year; discount for paying in one lump sum
Contact: Pam Nicholas, School Director | 512-502-5400 | contact form on website

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

The Joule School

Location: Cedar Park
3402 Little Elm Trail
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Students served: Age 3–8th Grade
Current enrollment: 17, accepting a maximum of 25
Model/philosophy: Joule is a school designed by a nine-year-old gifted kid.  (You can read this story on the school’s website.) Students don’t sit still and don’t do worksheets. Classes are fun, usually involve singing about what the students are learning, and take place outside whenever possible. Classes are multi-age groups with flexible pacing, so students are able to advance whenever they are ready, rather than waiting until the end of the year.          
Special features:  Year-round school. Students aged 6 and under may choose either a full-day or partial-day schedule. Electives include French, Spanish, Latin, piano, typing/programming, and gardening. The school day is split between time with an instructor (completely hands-on) and independent work time.  Many different areas of study are available, such as pottery, sewing, entrepreneurship, and cooking. The Joule School is the regional hub for Youth Mensa of Central Texas, and Madison McWilliams, principal of Joule, is now also the Gifted Youth Coordinator for this region of Mensa. Activities for Young Mensans throughout the region are offered at and through The Joule School.  It is also the official school of historic Nameless Schoolhouse in Leander, a one-room school built in 1909.  The Joule School partners with the Schoolhouse to explore how the one-room model can be applied to contemporary microschools today, including holding classes throughout the year in its fully restored 108-year-old classroom.
Schedule:  Year-round
Partial day: 8:15am–1:30pm (option for students ages 6 and under)
Full day: 8:15am–4:00pm
Before-/after-school care: 7:30am–5:30pm
Tuition:  partial day, $8,600 per year; full day, $10,500 per year
Contact: Madison McWilliams, M.Ed, G.A.C.  |  818-925-6853 | office@jouleschool.com

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).

Progress School

Location: North Central Austin
2008 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757
Students served: K through 8th grade, ages 5–13
Current enrollment: 30–35
Model/philosophy: Relationship-based, organic education for natural learners; students and teachers create a dynamic environment in which collaborative curriculum, freedom, and loving guidance inspire a lifelong love of learning; inspired by Reggio Emilia
Special features: Both full-time and part-time spaces offered; non-coercive, nurturing environment; emphasis on emotional and social development; low student-teacher ratio; play- and project-based learning; integrated subject areas; organic gardening; art and wood shop; lots of outdoor time; students and teachers prepare portfolios rather than rely on grades or benchmarks for assessment; middle school is also project-based, with integrated subject areas and a collaborative, emergent curriculum
Schedule: 9am–3pm Monday–Friday; extended care and part-time options available
Tuition: $8,500 per year or 10 monthly payments of $850, plus fees for full time; prorated for part-time; sibling discounts and sliding scale option available
Contact: Jennifer Hobbs | contact@ProgressSchoolAustin.org