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4-12
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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 890
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12301 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

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December 15, 2014
I went to NYOS in 2011- some of 2012 the friends were good but the classes are not teaching you 8th grade work, After 7th grade they suddenly want you to do college based stuff that I was not familiar with so I got kicked out of school with no help in tutoring or anything because I wasn't passing my classes and if I were to be offered to come back to this school I wouldn't because the work in middle school was too college like skipping everything I need to know in 9th grade high school. And even though it wasn't all that great the thing I did enjoy there was the rock band class they have it was by far the most class I was interested in.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2014
I was a student at this school last year and when my family had to move I was extremely saddened because, quite honestly, NYOS is an excellent school. I had moved from outside the country and they helped advise me and complete my transcript. The community is tightly knit and everyone is so accepting of and compassionate to each other. The class sizes are small giving each student individual attention from all the teachers, who were also amazing. Emphasis is placed on academics and extra curriculars and all in all, I loved NYOS and am proud to have been a jaguar!

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2014
NYOS Charter school is great, good teachers, good programs to keep kids on track. Teachers dedicate their spare time to help kids that are having trouble, they are always going the extra mile.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
I have been attending this school since I was in Kindergarden, and I love it!

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
I love this school! My daughter was so shy, but the family aspect of the school brought her to life! The teachers all know all of the students, the parents all know each other and are willing to pitch in and help one another without expecting anything in return! It is a great environment to raise a child in, and I am so glad I chose it for my children! Parents are allowed and encouraged to be involved in every aspect of school life, and there are a number of enrichment activities beyond just sitting in a classroom learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
My daughter has been here for 7 years now. It was the best thing we have done!!! I love the community aspect of this school. Everyone knows everyone. The teachers do an amazing job with differentiating their lessons. My daughter feels safe and comfortable, and so do I. There are clubs for everyone. All families are encouraged to volunteer, and that helps bring up well rounded children. I've seen other kids, patents and teachers from different schools have many difficult issues with testing, bullying, teaching, or getting lost in the system. That would never happen here. I am confident that this is the best school I could ever imagine. We will not be going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
This school with a silly name is anything but silly. Not Your Ordinary School was started in the late 90s by a group of local regular public school teachers that were tired of the one size fits all, and test-oriented nature of Texas schools. Since then NYOS has grown into one of the best schools in Austin. Our kids have been there since Kindergarten and are now in middle and high school, and will graduate from NYOS. The class sizes are small, the teachers really get to know each child, children can move ahead in math or other subjects if they are ready (example: my 8th grade child goes to a 9th grade pre-AP algebra class every day). Schedule: 2 month summer, 2-3 weeks off in Oct, 2 week spring break, every Friday is a half day. This is better for learning and being refreshed. Graduates go to good colleges. If I had to characterize NYOS in a few words they would be: safe, nerdy, clean, community, human, caring, fun.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
We love being a part of this school! It is a great community. The facility is knowledgable and caring. My daughter receives the best education from NYOS.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I don't know what my family would do without NYOS! Whether in high school, middle school, or elementary the teachers give 110% of themselves to the education and well being of their students. My kids are both very happy and confident and I'm grateful to have a safe community to provide them with an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
NYOS may appear to be a charter school that is just like a traditional public school, but it is not. There is a good balance of traditional structure and innovation at work. When conflicts arise, as they invariably do, the teachers and administration work to help the students resolve them in a constructive and meaningful way.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I love the school for it's unique approach to education, how well our children are cared for, the schedule, the families and so much more! Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I feel like my child is getting a good education at NYOS. Her class size is 18. She struggles some in math and is getting extra help in a small group with a different teacher each day. I'm not sure that she would be able to get that at other public schools. She's also had some self-esteem issues and has been given a high school mentor that she sees regularly. I love that students do not receive grades until 8th grade. They can focus on learning and not their grades. The teachers are very good at assessing students and reteaching as necessary. We love our shorter summers, but 2 week fall and spring break. On the downside, there are a lot of fundraisers and the facilities are not as nice as other public schools due to funding. Also, K-3 is in one school and 4-12 is at another, I think the school day is a little long for the very young children. I would prefer it be a half hour shorter for them each day without the half day on Friday. It is a really great small, diverse, involved school if that is what you are looking for!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
NYOS Charter School is the best! The school maintains rigor and challenges all students in every subject area. Teachers construct positive classroom learning environments and students learn quickly how to complete tasks independently as well as in groups. World class opportunities are provided for students to utilize technology from kindergarten through 12th grade. Academic achievement is measured and communicated in a meaningful way so that students know how to track their individual progress and how they may each achieve excellence. The school is vested in fostering global service and civic engagement. Students in all grade levels participate in service projects that make the world a better place. NYOS Charter School has been recognized for four years as one of the Top Ten High Schools in all of the Greater Austin Area. The school achieved this recognition through the dedication of the entire NYOS Community and the cohesive learning programs PreK-12.

- submitted by a teacher
August 30, 2013
I have four children at NYOS Charter School. We have been at the school for 5 years and absolutely LOVE it. Our kids are challenged intellectually/ academically and the values upheld at school are the same as we espouse at home. While sports and extracirriculars are somewhat limited by the need for volunteers (parents), the feeling of family and community at NYOS is something we really appreciate. Attendance here is greatly helped by flexible work schedules or car pooling buddies because of limited afterschool options and year round schedule. However, help is easily found through the Facebook group or home room parents who help coordinate. If academics, values, parental involvement and sense of community are important in education, then NYOS could be the place for you and your kids!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
NYOS is not only an amazing school, but an outstanding community! Not only am I a staff member, but my child also attends this school. I've found a community oriented on the principles of Love & Logic, built upon mutual respect amongst students and peers and a full circle of support from home to school and back again enabling our students success throughout their adult lives.

- submitted by a teacher
August 30, 2013
We have been a NYOS family for 12 years and couldn't imagine life without this school. There have been one or two bumps in the road but overall this school is wonderful. The school is more like a small town where everyone knows each other. Parental involvement is expected so if you are just looking for a school to drop off your kid and not be involved you should not choose this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We love it at NYOS! My child enjoys the small classes, staying with the same class and teacher for 2 years in elementary, and all of the project based learning and study trips. As a parent I can see that he is so engaged in learning that he loves going to school every day! The teachers are dedicated as well as the administration. The parent community is warm and open to everyone and there is a high rate of volunteerism. It is truly a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2013
The school sets very high expectations for students, staff, and parents. My children have worked on many projects that demanded they know the material and be able to apply it and present it. Learning has always been the focus in every meeting I've had with principal and teachers. State testing has never been the priority...like other schools...and I hope that doesn't change with new administration.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2013
This school is great. I am a student attending this school and it is great the teachers are very helpful and really friendly. the smaller classes make it easier to get the help you need on small misunderstandings. not to mention every friday is a half day so high schoolers leave at 12:45 and middle schooler at 12 : 30 or 15 i dont remember

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2013
Great place to learn! Small classes give the students an advantage with more one on one from the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
My children have been going to NYOS since kindergarten. They are both in high school now. The teachers and staff truly care about each student and work to help each child succeed. I would never consider having my children go anywhere else. LOVE IT!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
I am really impressed with NYOS. I have moved at lot and lived in several cities in Texas, so my son has attended a different school every year(sometimes 2) until he started NYOS at the end of 4th grade (May 2010). He is now in 7th grade and a full grade level ahead in math. He had been so frustrated with his previous school and the singular focus of teaching the test (TAKS back then) that he was bored and acting up in class. At my son's request, I removed him from a blue ribbon AISD elementary school and enrolled him in NYOS. He has been much happier, his teachers keep him challenged, and I am satisfied with the curriculum. His teachers so far have been excellent and great role models. NYOS is not perfect. I have had some minor issues like not getting field trip forms and notifications, but I can't blame that all on the teachers. The communication has improved with the new email notifications and weekly 7th grade newsletter, and the website is more up to date. The fundraisers are not my favorite but are necessary. I do wish there were more after-school and evening volunteer opportunities for those of us who work outside the home.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
We are in our 3rd year at NYOS ('12-'13) and I love it. We are still at the elementary level, and the teachers and staff are wonderful! I wouldn't have our child anywhere else, especially given our AISD options! I love that NYOS does not teach to the test!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
My kids love the school and have never left it. The teachers are caring and devoted. I've been impressed with the quality of education my children have received and the one-on-one attention. Nyos has a caring and friendly atmosphere and environment that my children have felt since they began attending the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
My son got a 32 on the ACT. Test scores are not the sum of a student, though, so I'd also include he has won Scholastic Writing competitions and been recruited by top colleges. His success comes from several outstanding teachers he had at NYOS. Because of these men, my son wants to double major in Secondary Education and Journalism- so he can teach high school too. I rate teachers and principals as above average, based on my experience now with multiple children having attended a grand total so far of 7 different schools. I rate parents as average... All schools seem to have a few parents who do most of the volunteering, and a lot of parents who are never there, and a few who waggle their tongues about how few parents participate.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
There is a constant need for money and supplies and pressure to participate in various fund raising activities. While the school encourages and expects parents to volunteer most do not. There is absolutely no sense of school spirit or community here. My child never brings home papers, my child may tell me how well s/he did on a test - but I never see test papers come home. The teacher does not answer email or put homework assignments in writing or post assignments on the class website. This is elementary school - K-5. Parents need to see test papers returned and know about all homework assignments directly from the teacher (not from their child). I have had so many meetings with the principal that I can't even enumerate them. She will agree that what I ask is rational but somehow the situation does not change. The teacher's behavior does not change and my child remains in the same classroom. I will be removing my child from the school in order to get out of this untenable situation. I do not recommend NYOS.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
As a former parent I wanted to put in my two cents even though much may have changed since my children were here. My oldest attended 1st and 2nd grade and my youngest attended K and 1st, they are now in 9th and 7th. We had to leave due to a move however I am convinced that NYOS had much to do with their success, particularly in math. I was very impressed with the teachers as well as the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2010
We've had our children at NYOS for 4 years, but have pulled them out. It had a WONDERFUL Elementary program a few years ago (field trips, service learning, involved families)--until a new principal came on board and the elementary moved to the Krammer campus. The principal is very dishonest and cares more about retaining students with behavior problems (save the world mentality) than she does about keeping good families and students who really care about getting a good education. Now, there are very few involved families---total apathy. It's sad. Taking my kids down to this school wasn't worth the gas money so we withdrew. BUT --there are many good teachers at this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
My son has attended NYOS Charter School since 1999. He will be a junior soon and I am pleased that the high school has been ranked 4th in all of the Hill Country schools (that includes ALL of AISD)! The school is small and has a community atmosphere. I know my child is safe and his teachers keep me informed of his participation and attitude. They are very caring and receptive.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
I think NYOS use to be the ideal school, and might still be for elementary level, but starting in middle school, it starts to get bad and by the time your student is in high school it has turned for the worse, the students don't compare to other students at smaller districts in tests, TAKS, I know it's not all about the TAKS, but NYOS students still have to take it, and since there's not a focus on the TAKS, the students don't compare. The are not 100% prepared for college, NYOS keeps hiring teachers that do not have teaching degrees, and hiring teachers that have issues, I would not encourage anyone to send their children to NYOS starting in the Middle school level and higher. My student tells me that the principle has favorites? Our children will and can be affected either positively or negatively at school!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
The middle school/high school program is the power of the school program. Students are held to high standards and a sense of community is fostered from the top down. The principal has established a structure of high expectations and students benefit on a daily basis. The school has received many accolades for student performance and the top notch programs continue to grow.

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March 04, 2010
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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2009
I've loved our experience at NYOS Charter School. We have belonged to the school community for the last six years; I have three children ranging from 2 - 7 grade. Over the last few years, the school has been going through some growing pains and changes but it is coming through it better and stronger. I have a wonderful relationship with all my kids teachers and principles. The school has a new Exec. Dir. that seems to be putting her mark on the school. She has been visible to the community and is open to old traditions and new ideas. The communication is very easy and free flowing. I feel very comfortable discussing any concerns I may have regarding my kids or the school. Overall, I wouldn't want my kids at any other school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2009
the school was good at first, and the teachers do a good job at teaching, but they have an annoying inconsistancy with their rules. i brought my ipod to school, and one teacher did what he was supposed to, which was give a chance for me to put it away, but another teacher just took it away without giving a warning, and i was just using it as a PDA. The other rules are also badly enforced, like when you are disrupting the class in other ways, the teachers just sit there and do nothing.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 13, 2009
This school has had some issues in the past, most notably a lack of consistent leadership. There have been some disconcerting issues in the past two years with the progressive but non-effective handling of discipline issues. Also there is still the same problem of teacher turnover which the school refuses to admit and confront. Hopefully with the new Exec. Dir. things will change, but still watch out!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
I have children at NYOS and I am very disapointed with the middle/high school principal. I don't feel like she cares enough for the 6th & 7th graders and doesn't try to offer them any of the extracurricular activites the are available for this age group at other schools. They seem less important to her then the high school. She is always hurried and flustered and doesn't seem to have time or care to talk to parents about their concerns. The elementary principal is very approacble and had many fun school related activities for the children/families after school.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2009
I have a couple of kids @ NYOS for years and the small class sizes allow teachers to engage every child. Two grades in each K-3 classes allows kids to learn at their pace.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
February 06, 2009
Great school my child is in the Pre-K and the teacher gives her spl attention and helps her in her reading. Which she does out of love and to keep my kid challenged. The principal and the asst principal are very approachable. I am very impressed with the school. I haven't gotten this kind of treatment even in private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2008
blown away at the lack of security and how easy it is for anything to happen at the lamar campus. Principle seems to be there for you at first when you are in need, but then forgets and begins to muli task and forget you were first in line for wanting help. It's horrible comunication to parents. Kids are never told about anything happening until it's too late. My kids have come home and told me they were sent to the lunch room to clean the entire day when they should have been learning. When a sub comes in, the kids are found all about campus goofing off and the school seems to be falling apart in the last two years.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
We have 2 kids at the elementary campus. We have been at this school since last year and have really loved it. I correspond with the teachers literally every day, and this helps the teachers and I have a real team role in the education of my children. My kids have clearly excelled academically since attending NYOS.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
This is a small school which I have found very responsive to parents. I have 2 children in middle school there now. They are both involved in extra-curricular activities and are progressing well academically. There are times when the lack of organization overwhelms me, but it doesn't seem to bother the kids or teachers. They have several really great middle and high school teachers who have helped my kids learn a lot. We have no experience with the teachers in the lower grades. They adhere to the State of Texas recommended educational objectives and the kids perform very well on standardized tests even though they haven't bought into one of the 'standard' curricula. The multi-age classrooms have allowed one of my kids to explore his strength as a teacher. He may not ever have recognized that he has this skill without NYOS.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2008
My daughter graduated from NYOS. She was homeschooled until the 5th grade. The school, because of its success, has grown due to demand. This growth has been difficult to manage partly because there were few models to emmulate. The support from the state of Texas has been politically challenging. I was happy overall with my daughter's education. What sets NYOS apart from the regular public school is the responsiveness to parents. I cannot think of a formal learning situation in the Central Texas area that would have been better. Results speak volumes: my daughter received an academic full-ride at a State University. She was very well prepared for a University education. I attribute that, in a substantial way, to her education at NYOS.

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July 18, 2008
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June 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2008
We started last Sept. 2007 and have had a great experience. There are some kinks to work out with the merging of the 2 schools but the administration at the McCullough campus has been wonderful. I considered this to be the transition year and looking forward to next year when 2 of my children will attend. I feel confident that my kids are receiving a better education than they were in our old exempl. blue ribbon school. The school has done a great job actually teaching and challenging my above average child.

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February 01, 2008
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January 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2007
NYOS was once a great school; it had a caring involved community working together to create the best experience possible for the kids. However, since the take over and move of the elementary kids to the Magnolia campus it has become a horrible school. I am pulling my kids out.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
The academics are good but the student population is very sheltered, a little to sheltered for my child's taste.

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July 09, 2007
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June 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 27, 2007
Needs a new Principal and better teachers!

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August 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
Small school with motivated students and dedicated teachers

- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2006
This school is phenomenon but ever since the new principal came it's changed everything it stood for the new principal does a lousy job on making the children comfortable and many of the fieldtrips and such have been canceled becuase it didn't get the principal's approval. It's become just a regular school without a district It's still alot safer and a good student teacher ratio but I think a private school sounds like a lot more freedom to learn.

- submitted by a former student
April 03, 2006
Great concept, I am not so impressed with the lack of discipline and disorganization.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
The quality of academic programs enabled my child to gain many strengths. She is diagnosed with a learning disabilty and the school accomadated my daughter very well.

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September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
Extremely hard to gather information about this school. Admissions, Acceptance, Circ, etc. Openings are drawn from a waiting list or a raffle. Had to pull teeth to get that information. Waiting time is so long you cant hold your breath your child will miss a year of school. Not happy with customer service over the phone or in person at NYOS Charter School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2005
The administration here is chaotic and the general atmosphere seems a little harried and frantic. My child enjoyed the diversity of the students but the curriculum was lacking at best.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
I have a son who just completed Kindergarten and started 1st grade. We were extremely happy with his first year experience at NYOS. The atmosphere, learning style, teacher, and class size were all great. The learning style is a blend of regular teaching and Montessori style. The school has strict discipine and enofrces uniform. Both of these create a great learning environment.

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March 24, 2004
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Nyos Charter School
12301 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX  78753
(512) 583-6967
Last modified Nyos Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 4-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nyos Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top