Bigger, perhaps. Or highly specialized. Or nonsecular. Each a beautiful school in its own way.
Some lovely, effective, learner-centered schools are omitted from the Alternative School Directory because of their larger size, religious orientation, or other criteria. We do recommend them to families when they’re likely to be a good fit. Click on the school names to learn more.
Offering French, Spanish, and English immersion education to pre-K–5th grade children, Austin International School’s unique trilingual program sets high academic and social standards in a secular and truly multicultural community. (North Austin)
Recognizing that each human being is a unique individual who passes through distinct life stages, AWS addresses the spiritual, emotional, physical, and social needs of each stage, serving K–12 students on a 19-acre campus. (Southwest Austin)
Formerly known as The Khabele School, Headwaters educates early childhood through 12th grade students on three campuses, beginning with a Montessori foundation and progressing to an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This independent school seeks to cultivate identity formation, foster empathy, and embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world. (Downtown and South Austin)
An International Baccalaureate World School, Magellan is authorized for the PYP and the MYP with Spanish immersion and Mandarin instruction. Serving students from pre-K through 8th grade, it offers an inquiry-based curriculum and differentiated learning in a multicultural community. (North Central Austin)
Helping bright students with learning differences, including ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia, achieve academic success, Odyssey features portfolio-based assessment and service learning. Serving 5th through 12th grades. (Central Austin)
A full-curriculum school specifically for children with dyslexia, Rawson Saunders provides individualized, multisensory, research-driven instruction in small classes. Serving 1st through 12th grades. (West Central Austin)
An independent, interdenominational school serving children pre-K through 8th grade, St. Francis is committed to meeting the individual needs of students from many diverse backgrounds with a range of learning abilities. (North Central Austin)
Waterloo provides 9th–12th grade students a unique schedule—two courses at a time, in trimesters, with Fridays flexible for personalized experiences—to support deep, personalized learning and real-world local engagement. Project-based courses are designed to invite individualized, interdisciplinary study. Waterloo features dual-credit courses, internships, and mentorships as students mature into adulthood. (South Central Austin)