ALTERNATIVES for ALL
Educational alternatives are everywhere in Austin, and one of the fastest-growing areas is charter schools. These
unique schools are public schools with a
twist, with a lot of freedom in terms of curriculum and philosophy that are appealing to many parents. For example, in
Austin alone, there are charter schools for
specific skills, like gymnastics or technology, as well as numerous opportunities for
self-directed and experiential learning.
A good resource for more information on
charter schools in Austin and around the
state is the San Antonio-based Resource
Center for Charter Schools. Call the
Center at 210-348-7890; visit at 40 NE
Loop 410, Suite 408, San Antonio, Texas
78216; or log on to www.charterstexas.org
for more information.
There’s also the Texas Charter Schools
Association ( www.txcharterschools.org);
parents can search for schools and get
more information (see listing of National
Educational Resources in this section).
Another resource is the Austin CEO
Foundation, which has sections on charter, public and private schools. Visit
www.ceoaustin.org for more information,
or call 512-291-9120.
There are more than 390 charter schools
statewide that educate more than