Austin Discovery School

Austin Family Reader's Poll Favorite 2018 Austin Family Reader's Poll Favorite 2013

ADS won Favorite Charter School again in 2018!

EcoWellness is an Essential class for all students that they attend once per week. Here, children will learn environmental stewardship, gardening skills, science, and how to care for creatures we share this land with. 

Education in nature is a tenant of our philosophy at Austin Discovery School. Every class hikes at least once a week in the vast wooded area between our campus and the Colorado River. These hikes provide opportunities for lessons in science, ecology, nature, as well as invaluable social and community-building opportunities for students and staff. Being grounded in nature lets us all grow as students and aides in our emotional health.

ADS Students performing during our annual "Fall Into The Arts Festival"

Shrines for the annual Día de Muertos observance.

Austin Discovery School has an amazing pollinator garden established by elementary students. We have a local population of bees and butterflies to help the land, health of the planet, and to teach about the symbiotic nature of life on earth.

The Eco-Wellness Program at ADS is more than just Gardening: Environmental Stewardship, Permaculture, Pollinators, Water Systems, and even the ADS Flock of Chickens!

Kindergarten math: Learning to count and group numbers!

Making Mosaics: ADS Students learning about and helped to make mosaics. These beautiful art installations are featured around every building on campus. Every student and staff member made a tile during our last year on our old campus. These tiles were integrated into our new campus as a part of a life-long commitment to the arts. 

ADS has an amazing food forest located in the large gardens as a part of the EcoWellness program.

Cilantro Boombox rockin' Austin Discovery School's "Fall into the Arts" Festival!


Endangered Species Mural Project

ADS has received the 18th installment of the National Endangered Species Mural Project! The Center for Biological Diversity funds a world-class muralist, Roger Peet, to paint fabulous murals to highlight specific endangered species to raise awareness. We are celebrating the Austin Blind and Jollyville Plateau Salamanders!

ADS won Favorite Charter School 2018!

We're so proud to win "Austin Family Magazine" Reader's Poll again in 2018! Thank you to the community for believing in us and spreading the word of the community you love!

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PTO: Holiday Bazaar
Date: 12/13/2018, 7:30 AM 6 PM
PTO: Holiday Bazaar
Date: 12/14/2018, 7:30 AM 4:30 PM
Date: 12/21/2018

Connect Learning

Austin Discovery School creates socially and emotionally aware, confident, critical thinkers and problem solvers through interactive, hands-on lessons and relevant project-based learning.

Tuition-free Public School

ADS serves children within our geographic boundaries, grades K-7th. Public Charter Schools are free of charge. To apply, please visit the enrollment section of the website.

Support our School

ADS is a 501(c) non-profit institution. We rely on community support and generous donations to supplement the core academic program funded by state and federal funds. There are many ways to support our innovative educational program.