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 | email@example.com | 512-394-9171
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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.