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St. Gabriel's + St. Michael's Catholic School

St. Gabriel’s + St. Michael’s Catholic School is an Independent Catholic school which stands apart as a profoundly unique school and community, focused on preparing students of every age of their academic journey and beyond. We invite you to our 58 acre campus to feel the warmth and welcome, joy and laughter as our students grow in virtue and develop leadership skills, experiences and confidence necessary to positively impact the world.

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Alpha Austin

At Alpha School, we unlock your kids’ limitless potential, blending tech, real-life skills, passion, and purpose. Students only spend 2hr per day on academics, but learn 2x as much as they would in standard school. Ready to revolutionize your child’s learning journey? 

Limitless Life Skills Workshops enable students to learn valuable life skills while pursuing their passions in project-based workshops.

Ready to revolutionize your child’s learning journey? Dive into the world of limitless potential at 


Elite Academy Music Montessori

The Elite Academy Music Montessori is a private preschool educating ages 6 weeks – 6 years old. At Elite Academy Music Montessori, we are dedicated to fostering the holistic development of your child through the perfect fusion of fine arts and Montessori education. Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment that sparks imagination, curiosity, and a lifelong love for learning. Nestled in the heart of Texas Hill Country, we serve the communities of Lakeway, Steiner Ranch, Bee Cave, and Dripping Springs.

Our Music program includes: singing, music & movement, percussion, violin, and piano. Each age group will participate in their very own music sessions through out the day. Our Lakeway Music Montessori School is conveniently located at 2903 Ranch Road 620 N Austin, Texas 78734. Don’t wait, schedule a tour today!

Stepping Stone School

Securing quality child care is at the very top of every parent’s list of priorities. Founded in Austin by a mother like you, Stepping Stone School is a stable growing family of private schools committed to creating better education for a better world. With 43 years of experience delivering quality care, Stepping Stone School is considered by leading industry experts to be a national model of excellence.

Our Nationally Recognized Curriculum offers a deep, meaningful understanding of each child’s specific developmental needs. This visionary approach to Early Care and Education includes the highest safety and cleanliness standards,  state-of-the-art campuses, kindness & empathy, manners & etiquette and S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Relationships, Engineering, Art, Math) curriculums.

You will see why Stepping Stone School has been voted Austin’s Best Childcare for 24 years! We are dedicated to supporting the development of the whole child while strengthening families, enhancing lives and setting and maintaining the highest standards for Early Care and Education!

YMCA :: Extend-A-Care

The Extend-A-Care YMCA offers preschool and after school education & care programs for children from infants and PreK through Grade 5, serving more than 4,000 youth annually. Our Infant Care & Preschool programs meet children’s individual needs by offering cognitively, socially, and physically enriching curricula. All EACY Infant & Preschool programs follow guidelines and curriculum for Texas Rising Star, Texas School Ready and Big Day Scholastic. Y After school provides opportunities for physical, social, emotional and cognitive learning experiences and support, at more than 70 licensed sites in Austin ISD, Hays CISD, Round Rock ISD, Manor ISD, and area charter schools. Y programs include character development activities, art, creative play, social emotional learning and outdoor physical activity. Open to kids age 6 weeks-12 years. Financial assistance is available. Visit www.eacymca.org or call for more information.

Contact info: (512) 236-YMCA (9622)

Locations: www.EACYMCA.org

Basis Charter Schools

At BASIS Charter Schools, we’ve tested and confirmed something we believed from the start: When faced with a challenge, the vast majority of students will rise to meet it, rather than shrink from it.

The consistent level of success achieved by BASIS Charter School students stems directly from our passionate subject-expert teachers and their use of the BASIS Charter School Curriculum. The signature of our learning community is the combination of creativity, innovation, and disciplined experimentation that is powered by traditional content knowledge. We are steadfastly dedicated to celebrating and passing on a love of learning, and a shared understanding of the value of critical thinking, responsibility, and motivation to all our students. That is what the BASIS Charter School Curriculum and every one of our teachers in every one of our schools truly represent.

BASIS Texas Charter Schools set and monitor high standards, to transform American education. Our students outperform their peers across the world.

World-class Tuition-free, grades K-12. To learn more: enrollBASISTX.com

Although learning looks different these days, our commitment to scholars does not. We are committed to providing all scholars with a quality education – remote or in person. Austin Achieve Public Schools is a tuition-free, open-enrollment public charter school preparing Austin youth to attend and excel at the nation’s top universities.

Through a combination of rigorous academics and a strong emphasis on whole-child development, our scholars cultivate the necessary academic, social, and emotional skills to succeed in college and beyond.

To learn more or to enroll, please visit austinachieve.org/enroll.


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