AAH Friday Co-op

An inclusive, secular, once-a-week cooperative for homeschoolers age 5 and up; there are three class periods, with a selection of classes offered each period for most age ranges (5 years and up), plus an hour for lunch (North Central Austin)

Asian American Resource Center

Empowering Austin's diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities; offering a variety of educational programs for pre-K–12th grade students (Northeast Austin)

The Austin Artery

A collective of artists who utilize art as a tool for cultivating emotional well-being, building community, and enhancing educational curricula; offering classes for adults and children, camps, and art-inspired birthday parties (now operating throughout Texas and Colorado)

Austin Bat Cave

A nonprofit center that provides children and teens with free opportunities to develop creative and expository writing skills by connecting them with a vibrant community of adult volunteers; also offers writing groups and classes for adults (East Austin and beyond)

Austin Children’s Garden

Homeschool enrichment for ages 2 to 8; options include an afternoon program featuring art projects, field trips, creative free play, puppet shows, and more; science classes for ages 6–10; and a monthly Kids’ Night Out (Bouldin Creek, South Central Austin)

Austin Creative Art Center

Classes and workshops for all ages, offering imaginative concepts, quality art tools, and techniques to expand the mind, enhance critical thinking, and provide a greater understanding of life’s possibilities (Central Austin)

Austin Tinkering School

A place where kids use real tools and real materials to build, create, and learn, with adults serving as collaborators rather than teachers for maximum engagement, interest, enthusiasm, and enjoyment (most activities take place in Central East Austin)

Austin’s Spanish Corner

A one-day program for 7–9-year-olds where Spanish is taught by native speakers in fun, interactive, and purposeful ways, using direct instruction and artistic expression (Southwest Austin)

Austin Yawp!

Connecting and supporting a community of families in a dynamic physical space that promotes respectful relationships and self-directed education; offering resources, inspiration, and inclusive events and gatherings (East Central Austin)

Bake Austin

Creating memories, community, and experience through baking with chef and educator Pascal Simon; offering after-school, homeschool, and adult baking classes as well as summer camps and parties (East Central Austin)

Chinese with Meggie

Mandarin language learning based on immersive engagement, interaction, and fun; programs offered for preschool, elementary, and middle and high school students as well as adult professionals (Central Austin)

College Living Experience (CLE)

Providing post-secondary supports to students with ASD, ADHD, learning differences, and other exceptionalities. Students receive supports in the areas of academics, career development, independent living, and social skills development. CLE supports are tailored to meet the needs of each young adult served. CLE celebrates the uniqueness of students to make a lasting impact in their lives and in their communities at each of its six locations nationwide. (North Austin; other locations in California, Colorado, Florida, and Washington, DC)

Cool Panda Chinese Learning for Kids

Mandarin Chinese classes (in school and in homes) for ages 2 through 6, using the fun and effective Total Physical Response method (Central Austin)

Courtney Harris Education Connections

Courtney Harris is a child-centered coach who collaborates with families and children grades K through early college to grow social and emotional skills and utilize restorative practices to create more ease in their lives. Courtney’s individualized programming provides tools for overcoming challenges related to anxiety, self-advocacy, and executive functioning. (online + Austin-area workshops and events)

Creative Action

Empowering and educating youth through the transformative power of creative expression, social and emotional learning, and social justice education; offering school-based, community-based, and after-school programs and camps for children as well as teens (East Austin and beyond)

Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin

Offering programs for youth ages 10–17 interested in metalworking, jewelry making, soldering, casting, stone setting, and more, including workshops for teens to get them started as makers and entrepreneurs in this timeless craft (South Austin)

Día de los Niños Spanish Enrichment Programs

Offering a variety of programs, including visiting enrichment classes to preschools and elementary-level Spanish Enrichment Fridays for the alt ed community, where you will find students learning language through stories, song, dance, art, free play, and project-based learning (North Austin)

Earth Native Wilderness School

Environmental education and self-sufficiency programs that help children, teens, and adults build strong relationships with the natural world (Austin and Bastrop)

Eastside Music School

A music school that offers individual lessons as well as the new Rock Shop group program to students of all ages—beginner through advanced, young and young at heart—with a balanced approach that puts theory and skills in the context of music you enjoy playing (East Austin)

Esquina Tango Cultural Society of Austin

Austin’s own Tango Corner, a nonprofit organization spreading culture through performances and classes in dance, health, and Spanish and Portuguese language for youth and adults (East Austin)

Explorations at Whole Life Learning Center

Math and science have never been this fun! Get ready for rockets, Rube Goldberg devices, survival skills, and much more. Let's explore! For ages 8–14. Fridays, 9am–3pm, September–May. (South Austin)

Figment Creative Labs

Process-oriented art classes for children beginning at age 3, plus Parent and Me classes, Mother’s Day Out, Ladie’s Art Nights, after-school classes, homeschooler classes, Tween Warhols, and art birthday parties—all in a stylish home studio (South Austin)

Firelight Academy

A one-day, à la carte middle school and high school program for homeschoolers that offers graded Honors courses in English, history, math, and science (including safe, commercial-grade labs) in small classes (12:1 ratio) taught by degreed teachers using individualized, “flipped and blended” instruction (locations in Central Austin, South Austin, and Cedar Park)

4Points/IQuest Global Enrichment Center

A community-based educational resource center dedicated to providing creative learning experiences for students PreK–Grade 12, focused on helping students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through small-group interactive after-school classes, academic tutoring, and summer camps (Steiner Ranch)

Freedom Fridays at
Whole Life Learning Center

A supportive, enriching environment where children (ages 5–8) work with mentors and each other in multi-age groups to create a holistic curriculum and plan enrichment classes, fun projects, and field trips. Fridays, 9am to 3pm, September through May (South Austin)

Freestyle Language Center

FLC makes foreign language come alive through interactive classes and relevant, entertaining social events for an adult community of learners. Currently offering French, Spanish, and Italian. (Downtown Austin)

Future Set Tech Camp

Learn a new programming language, develop a video game, build a website, or produce a video project through summer camps, after-school programs, and weekend workshops. Computer science and applied mathematics become lively, creative opportunities through project-based learning. Math for Computer Science, a free online curriculum, provides the tools students need to get started. Concept-driven math tutoring is available to students looking to catch up or get ahead. (Northwest Austin)

Game of Village Austin

Village is a one-day-a-week, hands-on, interactive program for children aged 8–14 and is designed to demystify the adult world. In Village children design, build, and bring to life a historically themed scale-model village, exploring history, cultures, government, economics, and applied academics as they build and create. Village abounds in collaboration, creative problem solving, personal goal setting, leadership, crafting, learning, and FUN! Contact Game of Village to schedule a free visit day for your learner! (locations now available in both North Central and South Austin)

German-Texan Heritage Society

Since 1987, this local nonprofit has been preserving the history and heritage of German-Texans. The German Free School, a beautiful historic building at 10th and Red River, offers German language courses for all ages and levels during spring, summer, and fall terms. Traditional German-Texan festivals like Karnaval, Maifest, Oktoberfest, and Christmas Market are held throughout the year. Members benefit from discounts on programs and activities. (Downtown Austin, West Austin, Round Rock, Killeen, San Antonio)

Global Thursdays at Austin Children's Garden

Hands-on projects inspired by geography, ecology, world cultures, anthropology, historical figures, famous artists, and cooking around the globe in a fun group environment with plenty of time for creative free play and cooperative games in the garden. For ages 4–10. Thursdays, 2pm–5:30pm. (South Austin)


After-school enrichment, camps, conferences, and community programs for K–12 girls and their families, fostering STEM skills development, understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, and interest in STEM college studies and careers (North Central Austin and in partner schools throughout Central Texas)

Howdy Bots

A FIRST Robotics Competition team founded in 2017, Howdy Bots strives to teach and inspire kids and teens about engineering through robotics and participation in the worldwide robotics league FIRST. The team consists of home-schooled and privately schooled students and maintains a friendly, cooperative learning environment for all members. (North Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park)


Hurley Piano

Introducing the world of the keyboard to children and young adults on the autism spectrum and with other special needs, using an innovative, thoroughly researched, and proven methodology (private lessons in the Austin metro area)

Integração Jiu Jitsu (IJJ)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes and team competition for adults and children at all levels, led by a world champion, in a modern, comfortable environment that includes a cafe with free wifi where parents can wait while kids are in classes (South Austin)

Jason Phelps Creates

A unique tutoring service that provides specialized attention in reading, writing, math, and performing arts for ages 8 to 18 with an emphasis on integrating the arts into academics, guided by Jason Phelps, a highly experienced alternative educator and award-winning performing artist (Austin)

Kelly Jarrell Family Success

Supporting families in creating habits, routines, and environments that promote success at home and school, Kelly Jarrell uses deep listening, astute observation, and precise intuition to co-create strategies for approaching family challenges with fresh perspectives and new tools (Austin metro area)

Life Ki-do Martial Arts

Where martial arts meets inner well-being! Classes for ages 3–adult, including parent-child classes and homeschool classes. Tangible learning experiences in mindfulness, conscious breathing, and social-emotional intelligence with an emphasis on intrinsic motivation. Focus on connection rather than competition in an environment that encourages empathy, kindness, and teamwork. (Westlake & Lakeway)

Math for Keeps Academy

A 1:1 math experience designed to keep you in your “sweet spot” of learning. The focus is on learning how to learn, and what it looks and feels like to practice math (or anything!) in a way that’s efficient and rewarding for the brain, and that lasts. Program can be supplemental or stand-alone. (Central Austin)

Math-Magical Mondays at Austin Children's Garden

Hands-on mathematical explorations and problem-solving tasks are designed to engage a variety of learning modes. Topics include number sense, patterns, addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, geometry, and money—all presented in a fun group environment with plenty of time for free play and games in the garden. For ages 4–10. Mondays, 2pm–5:30pm. (South Austin)

Mighty Writing

Experienced educator Laurie Filipelli provides college application essay guidance and other forms of writing coaching. With in-person consultations, precise written feedback, and a friendly step-by-step blog, she helps students discover their deepest beliefs and hone writing and self-presentation skills to ensure success in college and beyond. (Austin)

Mr Jolly’s Tutoring

John Jolly offers tutoring in most science and math subjects for middle- and high-schoolers. His very patient, supportive approach is informed by his struggles learning these topics growing up, with teachers who always seemed to be going too fast. John has had numerous successes helping students who have similarly felt disconnected from their teachers.  (Austin)

The Music House

Creative, child-centered individual music instruction by Anna Larson, with a focus on developing listening skills, rhythm and counting, and understanding music notation, as well as improvisation, composition, and songwriting; offering daytime lessons for students with nontraditional school schedules (South Austin)

Nature’s Way Preschool

A nature-based part-time enrichment program at the Austin Nature & Science Center, immersing young children ages 3 through 5 in the wonders of the natural world (South Central Austin)

New Farm Institute

Educating, assisting, and inspiring a new generation of sustainable farmers through farm camps, classes, workshops, events, and an Incubator Farm (East Austin and Utley)

Olas Spanish Immersion School

Offering small-group, full-immersion, highly interactive Spanish classes six days a week in several locations for toddler through elementary levels

Outside Voice / ARTtv

Providing a recommended daily allowance of creative nourishment and inspiring an all-ages community through workshops, camps, live events, and original content (gatherings around Austin and ARTtv episodes on YouTube)

Primeau Guitar Studio

Offering a fun, progressive guitar curriculum in a comfortable environment at beginner through advanced levels, tailored to the student’s individual learning style (North Central Austin)

REACH Math and Science Academy

A college preparatory program offering a full curriculum in math, science, and English for middle and high school homeschoolers through one-day-a-week classes supported by online office hours and 24/7 email access (3 regional locations in the Austin area)

Rise Up: Youth Leadership Development Program

The Amala Foundation’s Rise Up program gives emerging teen leaders (14–18 years old) the skills to express authentically, connect with other inspired youth, serve their community, and lead with integrity and empathy. Expert facilitators guide youth through engaging adventure-based and interactive activities, mindfulness experiences, and potent talking circles. Rise Up happens on twice per month on Thursdays, 6pm–8:30pm, running from September/October through May. (South Central Austin)

Saturday Kids’ Night Out at Austin Children’s Garden

This early evening is a fun celebration with art projects, free play in the playground and gardens, dessert cooking class, and an educational or inspiring movie on the big projector screen. For ages 3–10. Saturdays, 3pm–7pm. (South Austin)

Science Fridays at Austin Children's Garden

Young science lovers learn how to answer questions about science by designing and testing their own experiments and creating group projects. Students explore the patterns of nature and learn about biology, physics, and chemistry through hands-on scientific inquiry with plenty of time for creative free play and cooperative games in the garden. For ages 4–10. Fridays, 2pm–5:30pm. (South Austin)

Slow Family Living

Helping families find ways to slow things down, connect, and enjoy life together (Austin and online)


An in-home playgroup program operated by a Speech-Language Pathologist. The daily schedule is filled with fun structured activities and unstructured facilitated play time. The goal is to provide children with developmental delays an excellent opportunity to build rewarding peer relationships. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am–1pm, September–July. (North Austin)

Splitter Splat Pre-K Co-op

Austin's newest parent-run community preschool co-operative for kids ages 18 months to 6 years old. Its primary goal is to create a safe, stimulating environment that enables children to better explore, contemplate, and understand the world around them. This community of parents strives to foster their children's innate curiosity, wonder, and excitement. (options available to either start or join a Tribe in the Greater Austin area)

Starry Sky Austin

In hands-on, experiential astronomy classes, kids learn how to use a telescope on their own, navigate constellations with a star finder, hear star lore from cultures around the world, and experience activities important in setting a foundation for understanding our solar system and universe, such as understanding moon phases, the reason for the seasons, why the north star changes, and the distances between our planets and to the stars.(locations around Austin)


Educational and fun classes for parents to attend with kids ages 18 months to 8 years in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. For kids, it’s a chance to get messy, solve mysteries, move their bodies, make friends, and have fun. For parents, it’s a chance to get together with like-minded parents and learn creative and effective ways to play and learn with their kids (held in parks and other outdoor spaces in and around Austin)

Tinkering Tuesdays at Austin Children's Garden

Hands-on "maker" and STEAM projects that foster creativity and innovation. Using ACG's fully stocked workshop, students learn how to safely use a variety of tools and apply those skills to art, engineering, and tinkering prompts with plenty of time for imaginative free play and cooperative games in the garden. For ages 4–10. Tuesdays, 2pm–5:30pm. (South Austin)

Treehouse Learning Community

A warm, consistent, and engaging community for homeschoolers aged 4–9 to learn, form friendships, and enjoy some of the parts of education that are especially meaningful in a group setting; half-day classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays (Georgetown)

Urban Roots

A youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food through paid internships, life and job skills, and service opportunities (East Austin)

Waldorf Wednesdays at Austin Children's Garden

Waldorf-inspired education that explores storytelling, puppet shows, fairy tales, mythology, song writing, book making, creative arts, cooking and baking, and Hola Yoga (a bilingual yoga class)—all designed to support literacy and language development in a fun group environment with plenty of time for imaginative free play and cooperative games in the garden. For ages 4–10. Wednesdays, 2pm–5:30pm. (South Austin)

We Love Music

Free-range music lessons for kids, teens, and adults, with an emphasis on making music personal and fun; offering guitar, bass, drums, and ukelele lessons; helping students explore their creative sides and gain confidence along the way (North Austin)

Wicked Workshop: Youth Architecture Program

A maker-based program that introduces kids to decision making strategies, complex problem solving, and critical thinking opportunities that are recognized as vital 21st-century skills necessary to succeed in work, life, and citizenship. Wicked Workshop does this through a straightforward hands-on curriculum that incrementally introduces a myriad of materials and methods of construction, environmental and climate considerations, and a host of worldwide cultures. (Southwest Austin)

WIT—Whatever It Takes

WIT launches teen entrepreneurs. In the only 6-unit college-credit social entrepreneur and leadership program for high school students in the country, teens meet in 2-hour sessions once per week throughout the school year, creating enterprises, building business networks, and gaining valuable life and work skills. WIT also hosts Smart City teen hackathons. (South Central Austin)


A comprehensive practice combining neuroscience, western therapeutic practices, and sensory processing with the wisdom and teachings of yoga and mindfulness, Yogapeutics provides the tools and practices that will foster a sense of peace, both within and without, in your kids, allowing them to thrive in school and life. Offering semester-long classes and camps for ages 5 and up (South Austin)