Our Story2019-06-18T13:47:11-05:00

“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.

Our Mission

Wayside Schools exists to prepare college ready, community engaged, global citizens.

Our Vision

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.

Before it was renamed Wayside Schools, the charter network was only one campus known as Eden Park Academy (EPA). EPA has been successful since its inception in 1998 and was the best-kept secret in South Austin. In 2011, the district made a bold move to take their highly successful model to scale in order to serve more students.

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.

Elementary Schools

Wayside: Altamira Academy →

Wayside: Eden Park Academy →

Wayside: REAL Learning Academy →

Middle School

Wayside: Sci-Tech Middle School →

High School

Wayside: Sci-Tech High School

Wayside Schools is now enrolling for 2019-2020

What grade are you interested in?

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