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Abercorn International School

601 Ranch Road 620 South
Austin, TX 78734

(512) 263-8160


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Abercorn International School is an independent, private school for boys and girls from 2 1/2 to 11 years old. At Abercorn we offer a truly global education enlisting the high standards of literacy and numeracy found in the English National Curriculum, taught through the highly-portable, child-centered International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. With small class sizes and talented and passionate faculty, at Abercorn our students discover a true love of learning and academic success.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Abercorn is located in a stunning, purpose-built facility in Lakeway – an easily accessible, beautiful lakefront community just west of Austin. Abercorn’s mission is to serve families in search of an education system that combines the highly-portable, inquiry-based global education philosophy of the International Baccalaureate and rigor of the English National Curriculum. The school offers rolling admissions enabling children to apply for admission outside of the traditional admissions season.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

More Information

  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Mandarin Spanish Technology Dance Swimming After-School program

From the Director:

The school’s distinctive curriculum combines the truly global teaching philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme with the best of British education (the National Curriculum of England & Wales). From Nursery through to Grade 5 the in-depth, fast-paced, traditional disciplines of the English National Curriculum are taught through the dynamic, inquiry based, trans-disciplinary teaching approach of the I.B. This distinctive curriculum creates a well-grounded and stimulating learning environment that focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, with strong academic rigour. The school’s teaching encourages international-mindedness and a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries. By developing their awareness of the process of learning, our students become life long learners. A student’s experience reflects real life, encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into a wide range of global and localised issues. It emphasizes development of the whole student physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. Currently, Abercorn International School is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Abercorn International School believes is important for our students.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We consider an individualized approach to teaching fundamental to a successful education and a love of learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of Abercorn International School is to provide an inclusive and collaborative learning community that merges the academic rigour of the British National Curriculum with the inquiry based approach of teaching and learning as expounded by the International Baccalaureate. This combined approach develops life-long learners who demonstrate respect, understanding and a commitment to an improved world.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school