As in all progressive cities education is important to the people of Austin Texas – and it is an especially important consideration for those relocating to a new city. That emphasis on quality education has translated into a wealth of choices for private and parochial schools – offering more options for parents and children – and Austin Texas is no exception.

According to U.S. Department of Education statistics private schools have slowly become a more popular alternative – even in the face of recession and curbed spending. Recent figures from a National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) survey found that while enrollment dipped less than 1 percent nationally it’s still higher than it was five years ago.

Today the Department of Education estimates that 6 million students attend the country’s 33000 private schools – about 11 percent of all American elementary and high school students. These Austin private schools run the gamut – from elite preparatory academies that cost more than $20000 annually to less pricey parochial schools where tuition is often offset by generous donations.

Austin’s Private Schools

Given the city’s accolades as an educated community with lots of brainpower it’s not surprising that there are more than 300 private schools in Austin Texas and in surrounding Central Texas communities with enrollment that ranges from pre-K through 12th grade.

The total enrollment for all private schools in the Austin Metro area is more than 11000 and student tuition ranges from $300 per month to $18000 per school year. Austin also has an active home school and charter school community.

The following is a list of the 25 largest private schools in the Austin Texas area – including the most recent enrollment figures (as of May 2012) grades served address contact information and website where available.

Austin’s 25 Largest Private Schools

1. Regents School of Austin

Grades K-12; Enrollment: 900+
3230 Travis Country Circle

Focus is “a classical and Christian education in the service of both God and man.”

2. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Grades 1-12; Enrollment: 850
Lower & Middle Schools – Grades K-12
1112 West 31st Street
Upper School – Grades 9-12
5901 Southwest Parkway

Episcopal school focused on well-rounded education of community service academics and social skills.

3. Brentwood Christian School

Grades PK-12; Enrollment: 713+
11908 N. Lamar Blvd.

“Christ-centered education” at Church of Christ school.

4. St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Grades 6-12; Enrollment: 665+
2900 Bunny Run

Rigorous academics/college prep school; sports fine arts activities; boarding optional.

5. Hyde Park Baptist School

Grades K-12; Enrollment: 540+
3901 Speedway

Academic excellence Christian values college prep curriculum; Affiliated with Hyde Park Baptist Church.

6. Redeemer Lutheran School

Grades K-8; Enrollment: 500+
1500 West Anderson Lane

“Christ-centered environment dedicated to developing the whole child: spiritually intellectually physically emotionally socially.”

7. Hill Country Christian School of Austin

Grades K-12; Enrollment: 500+
12124 RR 620 North

Christ-centered college prep school with “classical teaching methodology.”

8. Round Rock Christian Academy

Grades PK-12; Enrollment: 500+
301 N. Lake Creek Drive
512-255-4491 (Main office); 512-716-1354 (Secondary office)

Curriculum includes chapel Bible study music fine arts learning centers and creative play.

9. Holy Family Catholic School

Grades PK-8; Enrollment: 450+
9400 Neenah Avenue

Catholic Christ-centered school with a “nurturing environment that fosters the growth of the whole child.”

10. St. Theresa’s School

Grades PK-8; Enrollment: 425+
4311 Small Drive

School’s mission is to “develop elementary/middle school students to their full potential by educating them in a Catholic and academically excellent environment.”

11. St. Gabriel’s Catholic School

Grades PK-8; Enrollment: 400+
2500 Wimberly Lane

St. Gabriel’s Catholic School “celebrates the individuality of each child and cultivates virtue excellence leadership and service.”

12. St. Michael’s Catholic Academy

Grades 9-12; Enrollment: 400
3000 Barton Creek Blvd.

College prep school; “academic excellence combined with faith formation.”

13. Trinity Episcopal School

Grades K-8; Enrollment: 400
3901 Bee Cave Road

A school in which students are “engaged spiritually physically intellectually and academically;” daily chapel services.

14. Austin Waldorf School

Grades PK-12; Enrollment: 380+
8700 South View Road

Grades K-12; Focus on balancing “academic artistic and practical disciplines”

15. St. Louis Catholic School

Grades PK-8; Enrollment: 365
2114 St. Joseph Blvd.

Catholic school and community of faith; affiliated with St. Louis King of France Catholic Church.

16. Summit Christian Academy

Grades PK-12 (Cedar Park campus) and 2-4 year old program at the Leander and Steiner Ranch Locations); Enrollment: 425
2121 Cypress Creek Road;
512-250-1369 (Cedar Park)
1303 Leander Drive;
512-259-4416 (Leander)

Curriculum includes “rigorous academics training in Biblical character and engagement in servanthood;” affiliated with Shoreline Christian School at the high school level.

17. Austin Montessori School

Grades: Preschool-8; Enrollment: 280
5006 Sunset Trail (Main campus)
6817 Great Northern Blvd.
(Great Northern campus)
5676 Oak Blvd.
(Adolescent community)

Ages 14 months–9 years; Association Montessori Internationale curriculum.

18. Shoreline Christian School

Grades PK-12; Enrollment: 275+
15201 Burnet Road

Christian-based education; school partnered with Summit Christian Academy as start of effort to create a Christian school district.

19. St. Ignatius Martyr School

Grades PK-8; Enrollment: 272
120 West Oltorf Street

School is a “Christian environment where students teachers and parents build a community of faith hope and love.”

20. Strickland Christian School

Grades PreK-8; Enrollment: 225+
7415 Menchaca Road

School’s mission is to “equip students to be lovers of Jesus and His Word and to emulate Christ’s character purpose and ministry.”

21. St. Austin Catholic School

Grades K-8; Enrollment: 208
1911 San Antonio Street

Elementary / middle school opened in 1917; affiliated with St. Austin church.

22. St. Martin’s Lutheran Day School

Grades 18 months-K; Enrollment: 190
606 West 15th Street

Balanced integrated education programs; music art computers and Spanish.

23. All Saints Episcopal School

Grades PreK3-K; Enrollment: 170+
209 West 27th Street

Espiscopal school that is focused on “learning through active exploration.”

24. St. Paul Lutheran School

Grades PK3-8; Enrollment: 165+
3407 Red River Street

Elementary/middle school; opened in 1893; affiliated with St. Paul Lutheran Church.

25. The Children’s School

Grades PK-4; Enrollment: 155
2825 Hancock Drive

Montessori-based curriculum open since 1979.