2019 guide to private and charter schools in Leander, Cedar Park and Northwest Austin


Parents who choose to not send their children to a traditional public school have other options in the Cedar Park and Leander area, including private and charter schools.

This guide includes a list of private and charter school options. Schools that only offer programs for pre-kindergarten and younger are not included. Some schools below may offer additional daycare or after-school programs.

According to the Texas Private Schools Association, private schools are not required to be accredited. You can learn more at www.tepsac.org.



These schools follow the Montessori method approach to education, which is child-centered and typically includes a more hands-on curriculum.

1. Cedar Park Montessori
Grades: prekindergarten-sixth
Enrollment: unavailable
Tuition: inquire for details
Extracurricular activities: art, chess, dance, foreign languages, music, sports, science, technology
400 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park

2. Guidepost Montessori at Brushy Creek
Grades: prekindergarten-kindergarten
Enrollment: around 150
Tuition: $940-$1,050 monthly
Extracurricular activities: soccer shots, nili art
3017 Polar Lane, Cedar Park

3. Guidepost Montessori at Cypress Creek
Grades: toddler-kindergarten
Enrollment: 60
Tuition: inquire for details
Extracurricular activities: Mandarin Chinese, dance, sport ball (multisport drop-in group), gymnastics
2006 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

4. Jordan International Montessori School
Grades: kindergarten-sixth
Enrollment: fewer than 20
Tuition: $1,150 monthly
Extracurricular activities: art, soccer, gymnastics, piano and Chinese dance; school has a focus on children being bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English
10713 N. RM 620, Ste. 601, Austin

5. Sapientia Montessori
Grades: prekindergarten-sixth
Enrollment: unavailable
Tuition: inquire for details
Extracurricular activities: art, chess, dance, foreign languages, music, sports, science, technology
1220 Cottonwood Creek Trail, Cedar Park


These schools are associated with a particular religion and may require families to also practice that religion. Catholic schools, for example, will typically include chapel services and prayer into the curriculum, which may follow different standards based on accreditation.

6. Hill Country Christian School
Grades: prekindergarten-12th
Enrollment: 570
Tuition: $2,375-$9,600 annually (pre-K), $11,400 (K-fifth grade), $12,125 (sixth-eighth grades), $13,500 (ninth-12th grades) annually
Extracurricular activities: American Heritage Girls club, Destination Imagination, mission trip, drumline, Fellowship of Christian Athletes club, International Thespian Society, Latin club, math club, Music Conservatory club, honor societies, student council, chess club, choir, pep squad, safety patrol, sports, coding for kids, run club
12124 N. RR 620, Austin

7. Holy Family Catholic School
Grades: prekindergarten-eighth (incoming 4-year-olds may apply)
Enrollment: 581
Tuition: $6,650 – $7,850 annually
Extracurricular activities: altar serving, art classes, ballet and jazz, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cantors for Liturgy, chess club, Children of Mary, choir, creative movement, one-act play, Private Schools Interscholastic Association, student council, robotics, extreme math, quiz bowl, flag football, tackle football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis, track, golf, cross country
9400 Neenah Ave., Austin

8. St. Dominic Savio Catholic School
Grades: ninth-12th
Enrollment: 403
Tuition: $12,100-$13,200 annually
Extracurricular activities: Academic Competitive Team, creative writing club, math team, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, National Hispanic Institute, National History Club, Quiz Bowl, speech team, Tri-M Honor Society, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, C.R.E.W., Christian Outreach, F.A.C.T.S Club, Liturgical and Mass Ministers, Men After Christ, Timothy Team Peer Ministry, Women of God, art club, faith choir, jazz band, National Art Society, pep band, spring musical company, photography club, American Sign Language Club, Chinese Calligraphy Club, Chinese Club, Latin Club, Latin Honor Society, Spanish Club, Spanish Service Club, fan club, flight club, food club, garden club, Kan U Knot Club, ultimate frisbee club, Eagles for Life, entrepreneurship club, house council, psychology club, Savio Ambassadors, Savio Film Critics Club, service outreach club, student activities club, Young Leaders Club, computer science club, engineering club, Iron Eagle Robotics, Savio Filmworks Team
9300 Neenah Ave., Austin, TX 78717

9. Sterling Classical School
Grades: prekindergarten-12th
Enrollment: 300
Tuition: $2,500-$6,350 annually
Extracurricular activities: band, theater, golf, basketball, volleyball, National Honor Society, tennis, track, soccer, art, Private Schools Interscholastic Association
12800 Angel Side Drive, Leander

10. Summit Christian Academy
Grades: prekindergarten-12th (includes incoming 3-year-olds)
Enrollment: 260
Tuition: $3,500-11,600 annually
Extracurricular activities: football, volleyball, basketball, golf, cheerleading, theater, art, baseball, tennis, choir and band
2121 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park


These tuition-based schools may focus on more rigorous college-preparatory coursework and higher academic standards.

11. Abacus School of Austin
Grades: infant-kindergarten
Enrollment: 250
Tuition: $1,060 monthly
Extracurricular activities: soccer, dance, gymnastics, Spanish, martial arts, chess, piano and private music classes for other instruments
1720 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
14115 Avery Ranch Blvd., Austin

12. Challenger School Avery Ranch
Grades: prekindergarten-seventh (prekindergarten includes ages 3-4; eighth grade will be added for 2019-20 academic year)
Enrollment: 155 (elementary only)
Tuition: inquire for details
Extracurricular activities: enrichment classes that vary each semester
15101 Avery Ranch Blvd., Austin

13. The Goddard School of Cedar Park
Grades: prekindergarten-first
Enrollment: 220
Tuition: inquire for details
Extracurricular activities: yoga, Spanish, American Sign Language, music, gym, robotics, soccer, dance, chess, art
1905 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park

14. The Goddard School of Leander
Grades: infant-kindergarten
Enrollment: 161
Tuition: inquire for details
Extracurricular activities: yoga, Spanish, American Sign Language, music, coding & robotics, art history
1730 Union St., Leander

15. Harbor Leadership Academy
Grades: fifth-12th this year; varies
Enrollment: 40 on campus; around 20 off campus
Tuition: $6,500-$12,500 annually
Extracurricular activities: Spanish Intro, I and II, career shadowing and internships, tutoring for on and off campus students, music, art, welding, soccer, physical education, photography, coding, business, life skills, occupational therapy, career preparatory training, transitional programs with the Texas Workforce Commission, Austin Community College Dual Enrollment, technology courses, and programs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, phonics/dyslexia, integrated listening, brain movements daily, exceptional learners and homeschoolers
17317 RM 1431, Leander

16. The Ivy International School
Grades: 18 months-kindergarten
Enrollment: 110
Tuition: $465-$1,125 monthly
Extracurricular activities: Mandarin, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), visual arts, music and movement
9511 N. RR 620, Austin

17. The Joule School
Grades: early-entrance kindergarten-10th
Enrollment: 40
Tuition: $11,000-$14,500 annually
Extracurricular activities: foreign languages, piano, dance, gardening, filmmaking, programming
3402 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park*
*The Joule School will be relocating at the end of the school year

18. Primrose School of Crystal Falls
Grades: prekindergarten-kindergarten
Enrollment: 215
Tuition: inquire for details
Extracurricular activities: dance, soccer, gymnastics
1781 Osage Drive, Leander


Known for integrating the arts into the curriculum, these schools also have a more hands-on approach to education that includes music, dance, theater and writing.

19. Good Earth Farm School
Grades: 8 months-kindergarten
Enrollment: unavailable
Tuition: $335-$1,050 monthly
Extracurricular activities: Crafting, gardening, cooking, sewing
10820 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander


Charter schools are different than both public and private schools. In Texas, charter schools are public schools open to any student, and these schools may not charge tuition, according to the Texas Education Agency. These schools do receive state funds based on their average daily attendance of students, and they may also accept donations from private or public sources, according to the TEA. Charter schools also administer the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, test.

20. Cedar Park Charter Academy
Grades: prekindergarten-12th (includes incoming 4-year-olds)
Enrollment: 200
Extracurricular activities: SPCA volunteering opportunities, trips to community parks, Spring Festival, Fall Festival, cross country, basketball, Getting Along Together program
201 Buttercup Creek Blvd., Cedar Park

21. Founders Classical Academy
Grades: kindergarten-12th
Enrollment: 696
Extracurricular activities: Chess club, journalism, Latin club, French club, National Honor Society, knitting club, flag football, cross country, track and field, soccer, volleyball, basketball, theater, orchestra, studio art
1205-1303 Leander Drive, Leander

22. Harmony Science Academy Cedar Park
Grades: prekindergarten-fifth
Enrollment: 435
Extracurricular activities: Code Academy, yearbook, Math Pentathlon, robotics, student council, volleyball, UIL academic clubs
12200 Anderson Mill Road, Austin

23. Harmony School of Endeavor – Austin
Enrollment: 540
Extracurricular activities: gardening, mural, coding, college readiness leadership program, Team America Rocketry Challenge Club, Science Olympiad, robotics, astronomy, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee, creative writing
13415 N. RM 620, Austin

This list is not comprehensive.

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Abby Bora
Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.
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