Why Choose Wayside?

Tuition-free access to prestigious IB program.

The IB Program

Local schools with close-knit community.

Our Story

Five schools as unique as your scholar.

Our Schools

Hear From Our Parents

“We looked long and hard for school that would fit our family’s needs. Wayside: Altamira Academy exceeded anything we could have hoped to find in a free, public education. Small class sizes, strong academics, the year-round schedule and uniforms brought us to Wayside. The community of staff and families have been a bonus gift we are deeply grateful to have found.”

Michelle McCurdy, AMA Parent

“My girls go to Wayside:REAL Learning Academy and Wayside: Sci-Tech Middle School. I love it, and the girls are doing great there! I was prompted to move my oldest out of public school when she started 2nd grade. She just wasn’t being challenged and I didn’t want her to lose interest in learning. We’ve been with the Wayside family for 4 years now! There was an adjustment at the beginning because more was expected of her than she was used to, but she quickly adapted and continues to excel!”

Nina Castillo, REAL & STMS Parent

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Yes. Wayside Schools is an open-enrollment network, which means we accept applications year-round and enroll new scholars for this school year based on availability. We hold an enrollment lottery each spring, and encourage families to apply before the deadline for your best chances to attend Wayside. However, you can still apply after our lottery, and spots will be given based on waitlist priority.

All of Wayside’s five schools are located in South and Southeast Austin. To see the schools on a map, click here.

The first step of the process is to fill out our application here.

If filling out BEFORE our lottery on February 10, 20120, plan to hear from us either way the week of March 6. Once accepted, you will attend an on-site Enrollment Session to complete your child’s enrollment. During this session, you will bring relevant paperwork, including Original Birth Certificate, Social Security, Current Immunization Record and Proof of Residency (Ex. Driver’s License or State ID with your current home address, current utility bill, or lease agreement with your address).

If you fill out the application AFTER our lottery closes on February 10, you will hear from our staff shortly regarding waitlist status. Once a spot becomes available, you will be asked to submit all relevant paperwork in-person to complete your child’s enrollment.

Please contact for any questions.

Most likely yes. Wayside covers a very broad geographic area. If you live in the Greater Austin area, including Del Valle, Dripping Springs or Kyle/Buda, your child is eligible to attend Wayside Schools. For any questions, please email

Wayside Schools is a free public charter school. We do not charge tuition to any scholars.

Yes. Wayside offers free half-day Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 for qualifying 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds. To see TEA’s full list of eligibility requirements, click here.

For questions, please email our enrollment office at or call your prospective campus:

For more information about TEA’s Admission, Enrollment, and Withdrawal Process click here.

Wayside Schools has adopted a “year-round” calendar. Instead of a three-month Summer Break, scholars receive two months off during the summer, and then more break time throughout the year: two weeks for Fall Break, a week for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Winter Break, and two weeks for Spring Break. This was done to increase knowledge retention over the summer, and provide some R&R for both scholars and staff throughout the year.

The International Baccalaureate Program is the framework Wayside Schools uses to teach its scholars. The IB Program places an increased focus on inquiry-based learning, and helps scholars learn to think in a large, global context. Though rigorous in nature, Wayside Schools adopted the IB Program because we believe it is the best way to prepare scholars for college. To learn more, click here.

Yes, all Wayside scholars wear uniform polos to school each day. They also wear their choice of khaki, black or navy pants, shorts or skirts.

Wayside offers free shuttle service between our campuses. This allows our parents to drop all of their children at a single location, regardless of which school they attend.

We look forward to hearing from you!