The Magnolia School

Location: Lake Travis area
2903 Ranch Road 620 North
Austin, TX 78734
Students served: Ages 3–12 (through 6th grade content)
Current enrollment: 90 (capacity of 100)
Model/philosophy: Self-paced, individualized, and fun learning; students are grouped by their academic level and taught in groups of varied sizes; lessons are adjusted to meet each child's learning style and are fun so children want to come to school and enjoy learning
Special features: Open year-round, from 7:30am to 5:30pm; parents are welcome to drop off and pick up kids anytime during open hours; 3-week academic boosters available in summer
Tuition: $10,150 ($1,015 monthly Aug–May); summer camps priced separately
Contact: Glenn Carter | 512-266-9620 |


Location: North-Central Austin
(located in a private home)
8310 Tecumseh Drive
Austin, TX 78753
Students served: Ages 2–5; specializing in children with communication delays; all children, including siblings, are welcome.
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for 2018–2019, with a maximum of 6 students in each playgroup.
Model/philosophy: The "Social Kids!" mission is to help children with communication delays build rewarding peer relationships through play.  We are fortunate that the current research is reminding us of the importance of unstructured play for all children.  However, children with communication impairments can find themselves without a "voice" in play interactions. At "Social Kids!" the professional communication support is present to ensure everyone has a chance to learn through undirected group and paired play.
Special features: Specialized playgroup sessions filled with fun unstructured play opportunities in 3 specially designed play areas: one indoor playroom, one outdoor playroom, and an outdoor fenced-in natural space; some play activities are staged following a weekly social skills theme; the instructor facilitates communication in group play and paired play as appropriate, following the children's lead, rather than directing the play;  playgroups also include a structured cooking activity, lunch time, and small pet care; consultations with private speech therapy are included to incorporate carry-over of speech-language and social skills goals into the playgroup environment.
Schedule: 9am–1pm, with additional hours available, Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs, year-round
Tuition: $400 per month for twice-weekly enrollment
Contact: Anne Remme, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner of Speech-Language-Play | | www.speech-language-play |