“Education is one of the greatest social justice issues of our time.”
– Matt Abbott, Wayside Schools Superintendent
Wayside Schools is Unlocking Excellence in ALL Scholars
Wayside Schools serves every scholar – no exceptions. Our educational program nurtures every child and provides the support they need to unlock their full potential and graduate as college-ready scholars.
Wayside Schools exists to prepare college ready, community engaged, global citizens.
We strive to grow to serve 2,500 scholars in Southeast Austin, ensuring that all Wayside graduates receive IB Diplomas and reach 100% College Acceptance, Matriculation, and Graduation.
How Wayside Schools Got Its Start
You may be surprised to hear that Wayside Schools is real. It’s out of the ordinary, imaginative, and full of enthusiasm. But that’s where the similarities end between the free public charter school network and the children’s book series for which the network’s name was inspired. Teachers don’t turn students into apples at these Wayside Schools—they lay the foundation for students to become all-stars.
A Growing Network
The result was a new network name and two additional campuses with three new schools that serve over 2,100 scholars, grades Pre-K3 through 12. It added two schools – Wayside: REAL Learning Academy, an elementary school, and the STEM-focused Wayside: Sci-Tech Middle & High School.
In 2015, Wayside Schools continued on its mission to serve Southeast Austin students by building its fourth school, an elementary school named Wayside: Altamira Academy. The elementary school serves scholars grades Pre-K3 through 5th in Southeast Austin.
Wayside: Altamira Academy →
Wayside: Eden Park Academy →
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Wayside: Sci-Tech High School