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Abercorn International School

Private | PK-6 | 80 students

Our global academic track record of 27 years creating Global Leaders
 
 

 

Living in Lakeway

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $269,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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Posted May 7, 2014

Abercorn International School in Austin, TX is an extraordinary school. I know the leaders and owners of this organization and they are people of great integrity. This is reflected in all aspects of their facilities and curriculum - in their course of studies is current and in keeping with the demands of a global focus and community, in the facilities themselves which are state of the art and, of course, in the healthy meals provided by Whole Foods. My son will soon need choose a school for his children - I will highly recommend Abercorn International to him! I support the values demonstrated by this fine educational institution - a much needed perspective if we are to continue to thrive in ever growing global opportunities.


Posted April 30, 2014

As a contractor for this school, I am very impressed with its staff and management. They are totally dedicated to providing a well rounded high quality educational experience for their students. They also impress me with regards to there forward thinking growth plans which will rival any other school in the Lake Travis area. If I had school age children, I would enroll them in Abercorn International School.


Posted March 15, 2014

Two kids in the school. Mandarin and Spanish are taught from the earliest ages. Whole Foods caters lunch. Well resourced. Sister schools in London and New York. Secular, global perspective imbued from the earliest ages. World class teaching. As opposed to other schools in the area with similar approaches, this school has a no fundraising policy, so you pay your tuition and there are no extra "wink wink" expectations of opening your wallet again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2013

I have had children in this school for 3 years. Last year the school went through quite a few changes that at first were alarming but ended up being the absolute best thing for the school. Where it was a good school before, now it is excellent. Each week parents are invited in to their children's classroom to observe their work for the week and each week I am blown away by what has been covered. I love that my children are excited to go to school each day and that they are developing a real love of learning. If you are looking for a private education for you child, then I strongly suggest you visit Abercorn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

If you slam Abercorn and give it one star, then put your name after your post if you want us to believe you. Otherwise, we know you're just a spiteful parent who has a very sad agenda Get a life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

As a student at Abercorn International School, I have learned to challenge myself to the highest expectations. I've had my weaknesses in school, but I've learned to push them to the greatest lengths. At Abercorn I didn't just use my best; the teachers there showed me how to do more than that. I learned to pursue education in life instead of waiting for it to come to me. I thank Abercorn International School for everything I achieve in life. They made me who I am today. - a student


Posted August 13, 2013

Our daughter has been enrolled in Abercorn for over 2 years and our experience has been nothing less than exceptional. My main focus is to see her grow scholastically and emotionally while being in a stable and nurturing environment. This has not changed since the departure of our former head. The loss of a charismatic headmistress was unfortunate, but this is a situation that could have happened anywhere. Many of those leaving are basing their departure on semantics and/or issues that have little to do with education, staff or atmosphere. I am shocked by some of the comments. Not one person I am in contact with feels like a victim. We are proud to be here at Abercorn and most of us wish those that left all the best with their choice. Aside from that we tend to focus on what looks like to be an exciting future. If you are questioning where to send your child, do go visit the school and yes PLEASE DO talk to the teachers and parents and decide for yourself. Also, my daughter is 5 and reading at a 2nd grade level with a confidence and zest for learning that is much attributed to her years at Abercorn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

Our daughter has attended Abercorn since it opened and we couldn't be more pleased. The level of education that she has received is unequal in this area; which in itself is known for the exceptional schools. The work she completed last year in Kindergarten is equal to that of 2nd graders! We are very excited for the upcoming school year due to all the necessary changes that have been made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2013

This school is amazing. I have seen so much progress in my child since they started at Abercorn. We looked all around the City at other schools and didnt find anything that even comes close to comparing to Abercorn. The curriculum provides a deeply academic but also very broad education and the kids do this while being in a really warm, fun and nurturing environment. I am particularly amazed at seeing the two and half year old kids achieve so much. And the recent production of Joseph was just amazing particularly for kids so young. I have heard many rumors in relation to the departure of the headmistress but have done my research into these and believe they are simply part of a smear campaign against the School. It is really sad that people would take part in such a campaign as it will impact the kids.


Posted July 13, 2013

I couldn't have said anything better than the last two posts. This school has not changed except in the "headmistress" (principal) and a few teachers. What school doesn't go thru staff changes? As far as communication, all the "negative nellies" were in contact with Oreilly and failed to tell the majority of the other parents that. That in itself speaks volumes. So, sell your paw prints for The Texas International school and leave Our School Alone. Your need to bring down a school and family are detestable! We, Abercorn, do not need parents with this sort of lack of integrity around our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

I am not a usual online poster but wanted to share my experience of Abercorn. I have been at the school for three years now, almost since the very beginning and I have to say that the only way to fairly evaluate this school is to take the time to visit and see for yourself whether the school fits well with the needs of your family. For us it has always provided a truly special environment for our son to learn in, some great friends and some of the best teachers we have ever encountered. Make your own mind up, but we remain solidly in support of a fantastic school and would suggest those detractors with ulterior motives move on and let our school continue to do what it does best, and that is teach our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

this is a fantastic school that offers my children a great education. the teachers are amazing, I love the languages and I love the warm, nurturing atmosphere that is provided. I researched this school in depth before sending my child here and I have been delighted by the experience my child has had. Nothing has changed in the last few months and I am excited about what I have heard about next years plans. I have spoken to several teachers and its simply not true what has been said below. Only two teachers left the school not five. The vast majority are staying at the school which says it all in terms of their belief in the leadership of the school and what it offers. Also I don't believe anywhere near fifty chiildren are leaving based on my discussions with other parents. As far as I can tell there is an upset former employee, there are some parents who are prepared to say anything about the reasons for her departure (whether true or not and without knowing the facts) and people who up till a few months ago loved the school and the education it provided are happy to attack it. I think that people should be a lot nicer and be much slower to judge others actions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2013

Read the reviews. Speak to a broad group of parents. Speak to the teachers (all of them) - then make your mind up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2013

The saddest part about all these reviews is the split of opinion between parents. Whilst I respect everyone's views in making their decision about whether to return to this school or not, there has to be a reason as to why there is this split, most likely due to the different information we are getting from the school as well as external sources. This however, can only be brought back to the school in causing such frustration and anger in not having clear, consistent and transparent communications. The sad part is how they believe they are the victims, when they have not even thought to address the fact that many of us as parents have had sleepless nights not knowing where we would be able to place our kids next year (irrespective of whether a new school was going to be set-up we were going to withdraw our children), even going to the point of considering homeschooling as an option! As we now know the new school is being set-up, I hope the animosity between parents can somewhat ebb, think about the good times we had before this mess and all move forward positively with our chosen options without calling each other the opposition and respecting each other's decisions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

Many parents have decided to terminate their contracts for next year and send their children (totaling 50 at the moment) to another school. Five teachers have just resigned. These numbers will increase.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2013

As parents, it is our responsibility to do our research when making decisions for our children and their education. I believe Google and this website are great examples of where parents can go as part of this process. As a parent at Abercorn, I have carefully and thoughtfully researched all parties directly involved in the school (and the parties/parents who are suing the school) and I will most certainly keep my children at Abercorn. I encourage each parent to do the same, knowing that we will all come to unique decisions based on our individuality and the knowledge of what is best for our family. "If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." ~Gandhi
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

A school owned and operated by a board of people who can be considered morally questionable at the very least. My family no longer feels it is a good environment for our children and legal action will most likely be needed to recover the 5,000 dollars they are refusing to give us back. I am one of about 50 parents that feel the school has betrayed our trust by intentionally misleading us several times regarding a major staff change in the school. This is one of, if not the most expensive school in the city so such behavior is unexpected and unacceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2010

I love how modern the school is with great technology. They have an interactive whiteboard and computers in each classroom. It makes teaching a lot of fun. The playground area is fun with many playsets for the children to play on and a large grassy area to run and explore. The snacks and lunches are all organic and very healthy. The curriculum is challenging but nurturing. The teacher-student ratio is small so all the children feel like they have one-on-one learning and attention.
—Submitted by a teacher


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • International Baccalaureate - PYP Candidate (2014)
  • Independent Schools Association - Member (2014)
  • Council of British International Schools - Memeber (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Dance club

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:35 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Dusty Fretwell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • International Baccalaureate; Independent School Association
Fax number
  • (512) 263-8532

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • British National Curriculum
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Lake Travis Chamber
  • Westlake Chamber
  • Four Points Chamber
  • Austin Chamber
  • Lakeway Aquatic
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Dance club
  • Foreign language club: Mandarin
  • Girl scouts
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Soccer
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Open Door Policy
  • Organize cultural events
More from this school
  • Building on 27 years experience, Abercorn creates global leaders. Our students are part of a network incorporating our sister schools in London & NY. We teach the fundamentals of early education such as literacy, numeracy and language (Mandarin, Spanish) from the age of 2 1/2. Our rigorous proprietary curriculum challenges our students to think critically. Abercorn International School is proud to be accredited and a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
10
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
15

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$17000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Paragon Prep Academy
St. Stephens
ACE Academy
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601 Ranch Road 620 South
Lakeway, TX 78734
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Phone: (512) 481-8160

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