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.
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.
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.
Each listing in this alphabetical directory gives you a snapshot of a small, independent, alternative school in the Austin area.
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Full disclosure: Alt Ed Austin founder Teri Sperry has ties with several of the schools listed on this site. Her child has attended two of them. She has friends and collaborators who direct, teach at, or are otherwise involved in others. Some programs choose to advertise from time to time on Alt Ed Austin as Sponsoring Partners. She firmly believes that all of the schools featured on this site (including the ones to which she has no personal connection and those from which she receives no advertising fees) are great choices for some kids, each for different reasons.