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

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–Thursday, 9am–2:15pm, with options to enroll 2, 3, or 4 days per week (school year runs from September to May)
Tuition: 2 days per week, $360/month; 3 days per week, $550/month; 4 days per week, $640/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

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

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 2019 (rolling admissions); maximum of 6 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–3pm). Possibility of before care from 8am to 9am. It is open Monday–Friday, with options to enroll 2, 3, or 5 days per week.
Tuition: Monthly tuition varies depending on your preschool needs. Monday–Friday (5 days per week): $785; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (3 days): $525; Tuesday and Thursday (2 days): $395. 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.

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

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 | info@TheMagnoliaSchoolATX.com

Spark Learning

Location: West Central Austin
Students served: Therapeutic kindergarten program for children needing special education support
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2019; maximum enrollment of 6 students to ensure low ratios
Model/philosophy: Spark Learning improves life for children of all ages with autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, PDD, and other special needs by providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy through personalized treatment programs. The Kinder Sparks program offers a Kindergarten classroom experience in a therapeutic setting to help children learn readiness, social, and behavioral skills to prepare for elementary school.
Special features: Both group and individual intervention is provided in a naturalistic classroom setting with a passionate, highly trained team.
Schedule: 8am–2pm Monday–Friday, with aftercare available
Tuition: Program cost will be provided at the time of a consultation.
Contact: Shelly Sully, Director | 512-900-1425 | Shelly@spark-learning.com

Speech-Language-Play

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: 6 students per group
Model/philosophy: The mission at Speech-Language-Play 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. In a Social Kids! Playgroup 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; weekly social skills building activities from the Social Thinking curriculum; 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; Texas Health and Human Services Registered Child Care Home
Schedule: 9am–1pm, with additional hours available, Wed/Fri 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 | annecatherine@speech-language-play.com | www.speech-language-play | www.facebook.com/speech.language.play