Application Process


We are committed to finding the right fit for your student and your family.

The following steps are the typical process each family goes through for admissions with our school. We know it can be overwhelming and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Browse the Website

Much of what you will want to know about our school, our curriculum, & our community is present throughout the pages of this website.  Basic information about dates, times, cost, philosophy, faculty & staff, etc. will help you see if the school fits your needs.

Prospective Parent Tour

A great way to get a sense of the day to day feel of the campus is to meet the Executive Director, learn about and ask questions regarding the Progressive Education model AHB follows, take a peek at our current facilities, and get to see learning in action by short visits to the classrooms. Request a tour here.

Think About It… Then Fill Out an Application

After you’ve visited, take some time to compare and contrast AHB with other potential options for your student.  There are so many schools in Austin, offering a variety of models and communities, that might be a better fit.  If you are interested in something besides what we offer, let us know and we’ll try to direct you to one of our colleagues in the area.

If AHB Community School seems like the right choice for you, proceed to filling out our application for admission.

Teacher Evaluation Form

Your student has likely encountered other formal or informal educators, and we want to hear from them! This Teacher Evaluation Form can be sent to any non-family adults that have an understanding of your student’s academic and/or social emotional learning abilities. For students applying to our 4th-8th grades, we will need 2 teacher evaluations-one from a Math teacher and the second one from a Reading teacher.

Day Visit

Once we have received the teacher recommendation(s), and the online application has been submitted (plus the application fee has also been paid), we’ll schedule a time for your student to visit the prospective class that they might join the following year. This day is a chance for our teachers to do an informal academic evaluation (authentic and without pressure just like the rest of our assessment culture) while observing interactions with peers, watching to make sure that there is an ability to be a responsible member of the community, and noting their physical and academic stamina throughout the day.  Most students love the day visits as it is a chance to meet and get to know their potential future friends and teachers and have a great time jumping right into the action. For Kindergarten though 1st grade, the day visit is only for the morning (9-11:30), the 2nd and 3rd graders stay for the entire day (9-2:30) and the 4th through 8th graders will need to come for a 2 day visit (9-2:30 both days).

Notification of Admission

While admissions is open for the entire calendar year, our current families will re-enroll by the first of March so that new families can be then offered spots by the first of April. We seldom have spots open during the school year because of our wait lists, but in the event that we do, accepted students can join us at a quarter or semester break only. Our communication strives to be clear, upfront, and helpful for your family to make a decision whether to accept or reject an offer.


If you accept the offer of admission to AHB Community School, we’ll send a timeline and appropriate information about the registration and enrollment of your student as soon as possible.