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

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 2018; maximum of 125
Model/philosophy: Mission: ACE Academy provides personalized education for gifted learners and cultivates a community of learners who relentlessly pursue inquiry with self-determination and resourcefulness. Vision: ACE students embrace complex curriculum, inspire and lead others with integrity, and confront challenges with creativity, compassion, and confidence.
Special features: ACE Academy is an independent, private school that offers gifted programming from PreK through 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: 7:30am–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, $15,500 per year, M–F, 8:15am–3pm; Elementary and Upper  School, $15,500 per year, M–F, 8:15pm to 3:30pm. Sibling Discount, $750; 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

Aldea Verde Pre-School

Location: Cedar Park
903 Royal Ln
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Students served: Ages 18 months to 5 years
Current enrollment: Accepting applications for waiting list
Model/philosophy: Aldea Verde is a Spanish immersion nature preschool that loves science, colors, music, exploration, and free play. AV students rotate between math, yoga, English, Zumba, science, and estimulación temprana classes.
Special features: Preschool yoga, Montessori-inspired English class, mud pies, music, masa, face paint, butterflies, birds, and bunnies! This Spanish immersion preschool focuses on creativity, nature, exploration, and independence!
Schedule: 7:30am–5:30pm Monday–Friday, with part-time options available
Tuition: See the school’s website for rates for the various part-time and full-time options.
Contact: Ana Luisa Westigard | 512-693-4990 or 512-716-9124 | info@aldeaverdeschool.com

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

Ascent: An Acton Academy

Location: North Central Austin
5701 Cameron Road
Austin, TX 78723
Students served: Spark Studio serving ages 4–6; Elementary Studio serving ages 7–11
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2019; maximum of 50
Model/philosophy: Ascent Academy's mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters its doors to find a calling that will change the world. Ascent follows a one-room schoolhouse model that applies the philosophy of the Hero’s Journey and the Socratic method to empower young people. Combining Montessori principles with technology, Ascent has created a self-paced learning environment where children are equipped to become independent, lifelong learners.
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, no homework, service learning opportunities, and outdoor education. Ascent Academy is an Acton Academy and is part of the network of over 100 Acton schools around the world turning learning upside down.
Schedule: 8:25am–3:15pm Monday-Friday; year-round with week-long breaks every 5–6 weeks
Tuition: Spark Studio: $11,220 per year, payable in 11 monthly installments of $1,020. Elementary Studio: $9,988 per year, payable in 11 monthly installments of $908
Contact: Janita Lavani and Samantha Jansky, Owners | info@iamcurious.org | ascentacton.org

Aspire Montessori School

Location: South Austin
7202 Dee Street
Austin, TX 78745
Students served: Ages 6 weeks–6 years
Current enrollment: 50
Model/philosophy: Aspire is a hybrid Montessori school committed to providing quality, affordable child care in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. The program’s goals are to teach children to relate to others with respect, to value friendships, and to believe in themselves as successful individuals. Aspire does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, creed, disability, religion, or any other basis. The Aspire community believes that diverse backgrounds enrich the lives of its children and its staff.
Special features: Amazing back yard, gardening, early arrival and aftercare, immediate updates and parent/teacher communication via Brightwheel.
Schedule: Early arrival, 7am–8:30am; full day, 8:30am–3pm; aftercare, 3pm–6pm (all but Nido);
Nido (infants)room after-school, 3pm–5:15pm
Tuition: Rates and fees vary by age and options selected; for full details, see the school’s admissions page.
Contact: info@aspiremontessori.org

Austin Children’s Garden

Location: South Austin
Bouldin Creek Neighborhood
Students served: Ages 18 months–10 years. Now enrolling!
Model/philosophy: Austin Children's Garden offers a natural and creative learning environment for preschoolers and homeschoolers. The programs are guided by passionate lifelong educators who take time and pride in a thoughtful, experiential curriculum of integrated academics, social-emotional wisdom, and meaningful activities that support the growth of the whole child. ACG draws from the best in current educational research and holistic models of child development to inspire a deep-rooted love of learning and nurture the magical joy and wonder of childhood. See their blog for more details of their learning experiences!
Special features: Beautiful and warm home-based environment; fully licensed, certified teachers; small class size; flexible part-time or full-time options; large and lush educational organic gardens and bunnies; healthy cooking classes; organic/locally sourced snacks and lunches; Hola Yoga bilingual kids yoga classes; process-based art; STEAM and project-based learning; music & movement; science experiments; conscious discipline; mindfulness activities; and lots of nature-based free play!
Schedule: 12-month program with regular holiday breaks.
Monday–Friday Morning Program 8:45am –12:30pm 1, 2 ,3, 4, or 5 days per week; early dropoff 8am to 8:45am
Extended Day 12:30pm–2pm Monday–Friday
Afternoon Program 2pm–5:30pm 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days
Tuition:
1 day/week: Mornings $180/month; Afternoons $155/month
2 days/week: Mornings $360/month; Afternoons $310/month
3 days/week: Mornings $540/month; Afternoons $465/month
4 days/week: Mornings $720/month; Afternoons $620/month
5 days/week: Mornings $900/month; Afternoons $775/month
See website for more details.
Contact: Morna Harnden, Co-Director & Teacher | 512-695-3703 | austinchildrensgarden@gmail.com

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

Austin Thrive Preschool

Location: North Central Austin
915 Maryland Dr.
Austin TX 78758
(100 yards from Lanier High School, between 183 and IH-35)
Students served: Ages 6 weeks to 5 years
Current enrollment: Now enrolling; maximum of 12 children
Model/philosophy: A play-based,  licensed home preschool that endeavors to see each child thrive while balancing these four aspects of early childhood education: character development, social-emotional skill building, child-initiated learning, and teacher-guided experiences
Special features: Both full-time and part-time options available; also offering preparation for the transition to public, private, or homeschool
Schedule: 8am–5:30pm Monday–Friday, year-round
Tuition: starting at $900 per month
Contact: Summer Jung, Owner/Director | 512-537-0711 | info@austinthrivepreschool.co9

Bloom Preschool

Location: Southwest Austin
near William Cannon & Mopac
Students served: Ages 2.5–6 (older friends may join during summer session)
Current enrollment: 11
Model/philosophy: Bloom offers a loving, creative environment where children are free to learn through play and exploration of their world. Children spend most of their days in an outdoor classroom. As a Reggio Emilia inspired program, children's learning is built upon their interests, and projects are ongoing, inspiring, and meaningful.
Children use emotional learning to build an understanding of self and create meaningful relationships with friends.
Special features: Weekly Life-Ki-Do & Spanish music classes; daily music, gardening, free play, storytelling, art, friendship, community, project-based learning, emotional learning, comfortable home-based environment, outdoor exploration
Schedule: 8:30am–2:30pm Monday–Friday; 2-, 3-, and 5-day options available. Follows a basic AISD calendar throughout the school year and runs through the summer with 2 summer breaks.
Tuition: Starting at $525 per month
Contact: Mary Belton | mary.bloom.preschool@gmail.com

The Butterfly Garden

Location: South Austin
10802 Kit Carson Drive
Austin, TX 78737
Students served: Ages 2.5–6 years
Current enrollment: 7 students currently enrolled; maximum of 14 per day
Model/philosophy: The school offers a play-based curriculum in an all-outdoor setting with daily hikes into the woods, art, gardening, and stories under a canopy of trees.
Special features: The entire 5-hour day is spent outdoors (except during dangerous weather).
Schedule: 9am–2pm Monday–Friday, September–May. Two one-week summer camps offered in June and again in July. Extended care is available during summer camps 7:30am–6pm. Children up to the age of 11 are welcome to join The Butterfly Garden for camp.
Tuition:
Regular School Term
3–6-year-old class: 2 days per week, $330 per month; 3 days per week, $440 per month; 4 days per week, $550 per month; 5 days per week, $660 per month.
2-year-old class: 2 days per week, $480 per month; 3 days per week, $600 per month; 4 days per week, $710 per month; 5 days per week, $820 per month.
Summer Camp
Ages 2.5–6: $180 per week ($165/week for students currently enrolled); extended care additional $50 per week ($40/week for students currently enrolled)
Ages 7–11: $150 per week; extended care additional $50 per week
Contact: Janine Goodwin | 512-337-2602 | Janine@TheButterflyGarden.net | Best days for a visit are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Copernicus STEM, Language and Arts Academy

Location: Central Austin
4605 North IH35
Austin, Texas 78722
Students served: Ages 18 months to 5 years
Current enrollment: Now enrolling
Model/philosophy: Copernicus Academy provides quality care in a campus that is uniquely central Austin. Its mission is to engage children from a young age in creative, STEM-based activities, in a dual-language environment (Spanish), giving children the opportunity to become avid learners and successful innovators. Children are encouraged to foster their creativity and personal expression through play.
Special features: STEM curriculum; play based; arts and language (Spanish)
Schedule: 7am–6pm Monday–Friday, year-round
Tuition: Please call Copernicus Academy for tuition details.
Contact: Myrella Delgado, Administrator, or Rebeca Guerrero, Director | 512-904-9511 | CopernicusSTEMAcademy@gmail.co

Corazón Neighborhood Preschool

Location: South Austin
Near Slaughter Lane & Manchaca Road
Students served: Ages 3.5–5
Current enrollment: Maximum of 6
Model/Philosophy: Play-based model draws inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning, Outdoor & Nature preschools, and Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness techniques.
Special features: Small group size; home-like environment; priority on inquiry-based learning and outdoor play; integration of the Spanish language; focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
Schedule: Monday–Friday, with options to enroll 2, 3, or 5 days per week. Hours 9am–2:15 pm.
Tuition: September–May school year: 2 days per week, $360/month; 3 days per week, 550/month; 5 days per week, 790/month. Additional fees: registration & supply fee (nonrefundable, due at each enrollment): $250 per school year. Deposit equal to one month’s tuition due upon enrollment (will be applied to last month of tuition).
Contact: Lulu Bautista, Owner/Lead Teacher | lulu@corazonkids.com

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

The Greenwood School

Location: Southwest Austin / Oak Hill
8319 Haskel Drive
Austin, TX 78736
Students served: 18 months to 5 years
Current enrollment: 18
Model/philosophy: The Greenwood School is a magical place that children will enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives. Greenwood gives children a feeling of comfort and acceptance, the perfect state of mind for learning. Greenwood provides parents with peace of mind, fostering positive self-identity, as well as social, emotional, and mental well-being. The program's educational philosophy integrates age-appropriate approaches and is inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy.
Special features: At The Greenwood School, children enjoy natural toys and open spaces, along with a creative movement room, two playrooms, and a library. Children also enjoy an acre of tree-shaded natural space with two large sandboxes and a mud box. They benefit from having regular interactions with the school pups, assisting in the care of chickens, and lending a hand tending to the gardens. Greenwood promotes self-directed play as a real expression of the child’s individuality that  contains meaning and purpose for them. The loving teachers at Greenwood encourage and protect the sense of wonder and gratitude that comes naturally to a child. The repeating daily and annual rhythms flow smoothly and predictably so the children feel secure and relaxed.
Schedule: Monday–Friday 7:30am–6:30pm or 7:30am–3:00pm
Tuition: $763–$1,064 per month
Contact: Tracy Schagen, Director | teachers@greenwoodschool.net | 512-394-9171

Julia’s Garden Montessori School

Location: South Austin
Bouldin neighborhood
Students served: Ages 18 months–9 years
Current enrollment: 50 students; now enrolling for Fall 2019 Elementary Program, 75 maximum
Model/philosophy: Julia's Garden is nestled on an urban farm oasis, 3/4 acres of garden property near downtown Austin. The program provides foundational learning skills to 0–9-year-olds based on the principles taught by Dr. Maria Montessori and using materials found in nature. This school is supported by a nonprofit organization that gives families more ways to become involved throughout the school year.  It is marked by a strong parent community, inclusive student body, 4-day academic school week (with optional on-campus Friday programs), foreign language programs, and low student-to-teacher ratios. Curriculum for Excellence, a Montessori-based education system, serves the Taller (lower elementary program) and follows academic milestones set by Eanes ISD.
Special features: Spanish and Mandarin classes starting at age 2.5 years, part-time program options, yoga classes, AMI trained Montessori teachers, low student-to-teacher ratios, garden & music program, cooking, leadership opportunities, peace education curriculum, parent education events and classes, Friday workshops for ages 4+ (coming soon). Currently in the process of becoming accredited through the International Council for Accrediting Relationship-based Education (ICARE).
Schedule: 9-month academic calendar, with optional 10-week half-day summer school program starting at age 2. School year begins the day after Labor Day and ends the 4th week of May. Follows AISD for most school holidays. See hours and rates for various program options in Tuition section below.
Tuition & Fees:
Infant Community (toddlers through age 3): 9am–1pm Monday–Thursday (child will have lunch), $8,550; 2 days/week MW or TT (child will have lunch), $5,400; Full Day Monday–Thursday, 9am–4pm, $13,000.
Children’s House (ages 3–5): Morning Program, 8:30am–12:30pm Monday–Thursday, $8,100; Full-Day Program, 8:30am–3pm Monday–Thursday, $11,575.
Taller (elementary program for ages 6–9, corresponding to grades 1st–4th): 8:45am–3:15pm Monday–Thursday plus half-day Friday field studies, $12,800.
Application Fee (non-refundable), $150; Registration/Supply Fee (non-refundable), $300; Early Elementary Supply and Travel Fee, $300; New Student Fee (one-time charge), $500; Tuition Payment Plan Fee, +3% of total tuition; Early Arrival Fee (optional) 8:30am–9am, $900 annually /$100 per month; Extended Day Clubhouse (optional) 12:30pm–3pm, $3,825 annually /$425 per month; Lunch Program (optional) 12:30pm–1:30pm, $1,800 annually / $200 per month; Yoga Program (all ages, optional) 3pm– 4pm, $2,160.00 annually / $240 per month.
Contact: Katherine Hunter | 512-790-4094 | juliasgarden@icloud.com | juliasgardenmontessori.com

La Petite Maternelle Fleur de Lys

Location: North Austin, close to the Domain
11709 Drayton Dr.
Austin, TX 78758
Students served: Ages 2.5 to 5 years
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2017 (rolling admissions); maximum of 8 students
Model/philosophy: La Petite Maternelle Fleur de Lys operates on the belief that every child deserves a wonderful start in life. Students are held to high expectations but are allowed to learn, grow, and explore at their own pace.
Special features: La Petite Maternelle Fleur de Lys is a French immersion home-based preschool that will bring a warm, multilingual, and “green” environment to your child, guided by a play-based philosophy. Your child will be immersed in three languages—French, English, and an introduction to Spanish—in a place that feels just like home.
Schedule: La Petite Maternelle Fleur de Lys follows a 9-month school calendar (September–May, 9am–2:50pm). It is open Monday–Friday, with options to enroll 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week.
Tuition: Monthly tuition varies depending on your preschool needs. Monday–Friday (5 days per week): $785; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (4 days): $635; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (3 days): $525; Tuesday and Thursday (2 days): $395; Wednesday only (1 day): $175. Payment options: monthly, semi-annually, or one annual payment.
Contact: Genevieve Rheault, Owner, Director, Teacher | lapetitematernellefleurdelys@gmail.com | 512-826-6403 | Please visit the program website for more details.

La Tribu Preschool

Location: North Austin
12412 Tomanet Trail
Austin, TX 78758
Students served: Ages 18 months–5 years
Current enrollment: 34
Model/philosophy: La Tribu Preschool is a Spanish-immersion Montessori-based preschool offering a rich, Latin-style, homey environment to encourage children to feel as though the school is an extension of their home and family.
Special features: The guides are fluent, native Spanish speakers to ensure a truly immersive language environment.
Schedule: Open Monday–Friday, 8am–5:30pm, September–May; summer camp options available
Tuition: $750–$1,200 per month
Contact: Carolina Peredo, Owner & Director | 737-208-0108 | latribupreschool@gmail.com

Little Sparks

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

Los Amiguitos Immersion, Nature and Community School

Location: Central/East Austin
East MLK, near Airport Blvd.
Students served: PreK3–2nd grade (3–7 years old); now enrolling PreK3–1st grade; expanding up to 2nd grade in 2019 (maximum of 25 children)
Model/philosophy: The focus of Los Amiguitos is to enhance the development of the whole child in a global world, with a focus on creativity, problem solving. socio-emotional intelligence, empowerment, critical thinking, respect and sustainability of self, others, and Nature, and becoming culturally and linguistically aware and open minded.
Special features: Immersion in Spanish (3 days/week) and in French (2 days/week); integrated and meaningful curriculum; inquiry-, project-, drama-, and nature-based learning; yoga and mindfulness; music and movement; arts; acting; gardening and nature exploration and care; hands-on learning; strong emphasis on making a difference within the community (small or large), as well as building community among children, parents, and teachers.
Schedule: 9am–2:30pm (extended day 8:30–5pm) Monday–Friday; 3-day option (Monday–Wednesday); half-day option
Tuition: $700–$825/month for 11 months, depending on program; extra for extended day
Contact: Lila Haham | lila@escuelaamiguitos.com | escuelaamiguitos.com