Location: Southwest Austin
7717 Southwest Parkway
Austin, Texas 78735
Students served: WonderWell passionately serves children ages 2 through 6 years in its Pre-Primary and Primary programs, its exclusive Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten program, and its After School Program for enrolled students.
Current enrollment: WonderWell opened its doors to families in January of 2018 and is now in its second full school year as of August 2019. Its student-to-teacher ratios are 10:3 in Pre-Primary, 12:2 in Primary, and 12:1 in Kindergarten. Since its opening, WonderWell has been nominated for Austin’s Best of the Best Preschool two years in a row (in both 2018 and 2019). For more information regarding how to apply for admission, please visit the school’s admissions page or schedule a tour.
Model/philosophy: WonderWell, a first-class private early learning school, embraces emergent curriculum and the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education, which originated in northern Italy. Its mission is to inspire each child’s innate curiosity and instill a deep love of learning. The school recruits, and, most notably, retains, the highest-quality educators who share its mission and vision.
Special features: WonderWell’s 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art building is the icing on the cake. The safety of the students is undoubtedly WonderWell’s top priority. WonderWell contracts with the Austin Police Department and has an APD Officer each day on campus to provide an added layer of security and protection for students and staff. WonderWell also has multiple secure access points along with a courtyard playground that is shielded from the public eye. It is WonderWell’s belief that children should play and interact with the natural world as much as possible; its courtyard playground is a 6,400 square foot outdoor classroom unlike any other. This beautiful playground is a space for limitless, authentic discovery.
Schedule: WonderWell is a full-time, 5 days/week program with the following schedule: 7:30am–3:15pm (7:30–8:30am is a one-hour morning arrival window with mixed-age courtyard play). After School Program is Monday–Friday 3pm–5:30pm. Please view the Imagineer School Calendar here.
Tuition: Please view tuition and fees here.
Contact: Ashley Reinhardt, Founder and Director | firstname.lastname@example.org | 512-808-5512
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