Choosing the right school district is a big factor in your decision to move. But if private school is in the budget, Austin offers some of the finest private schools in the state. Before you move specifically for a school district, consider these elite private academies of learning.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal
Generally considered the best private school in the capital area, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, or SAS, serves grades 1-12 in its Lower (grades 1-6), Middle (grades 7-8), and Upper (grades 9-12) schools. Grades 1-8 share a campus in central Austin, while grades 9-12 attend school in the southwestern part of the city. SAS is known for its rigorous and broad academic program, which requires Upper School students to complete a "Junior Experience" ‒‒ a two-week program that puts students in radically different surroundings than they would otherwise experience in school. These environments include places such as Europe, Asia, other U.S. states, and the Galapagos. A quarter of SAS’s graduates since 2007 have been National Merit Commended and the school’s athletic programs have turned out professional athletes such as Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees and MLB pitcher Matt Belisle. The school’s most famous alumni, however, may be former first-daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal
If any private school in Austin gives St. Andrew’s a run for its money, it’s St. Stephen’s, an Episcopal boarding and day school that serves grades 6-12. Being an Epicopal academy, St. Stephen’s requires boarding students to attend daily services in the chapel. Still, the school is less about religious dogma and more about academic excellence. Every student is assigned a faculty advisor, and students must study at least one year of fine art. St. Stephen’s features an enviable alumni list, including film director Terrence Malick, actor Lukas Haas, and composer Ray Lynch.
Waldorf AustinFor those looking for a non-religious private school, there is the Austin Waldorf, which prides itself on challenging students with abstract concepts and heightened cognitive learning. Philosophy and liberal arts are the cornerstone of the Waldorf program and the school offers one of the most expansive high school arts programs in the capital. Its athletic curriculum offers volleyball, basketball, track, golf, flag football, and soccer.