< Back What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? What are some examples of these schools? Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? How are most kids transported to and from school? When does the typical school year start and end? Is there anything else I should know about local schools? What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? There are many excellent public, private and charter schools available in Austin and its surrounding areas: Public schools are publicly funded, free, and adhere to a standard curriculum. Private schools charge a fee for attendance and usually offer a more specialized curriculum. Charter schools are non-profit, self-managed public schools, operating under a performance contract with the local school board. Although charter schools are authorized and monitored by the local school district, they operate independently (hence, they're often called independent public schools). Most parents choose schools for their children dependent on the child's needs and interests. For more information on schools that are located close to your city, contact your Crown representative, or check the local yellow pages. ↑ Top What are some examples of these schools? This Austin Education Web site provides detailed information on primary, secondary and tertiary (public and private) institutions. ↑ Top Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? If your child will be attending a public school, there is no competition. Public schools are zoned so they have to accept all children within the school zone. Private schools however, usually have entrance requirements and waiting lists. If you plan to send your child to a private school, it is recommended that you apply as soon as you arrive in the area to guarantee a spot on the waiting list. Charter schools are similar to private schools in that you must pre -register, but instead of entry requirements they have a "random selection" policy. If you decide this is the choice for your child, it is also recommended that you register as early as possible. ↑ Top Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? Yes, you will have no trouble finding a preschool facility for your child. ↑ Top How are most kids transported to and from school? For public schools, children are typically transported by bus. For private schools, children normally use private transportation- parents, chauffeurs or possibly carpool. ↑ Top When does the typical school year start and end? Schools generally start in mid-to-late August and end in May or early June. This depends on the particular school and school district. ↑ Top Is there anything else I should know about local schools? Please contact your Crown representative to ask specific questions, or to arrange a school search. This guide allows you to search for schools by address, name, zip code or ranking. It is an excellent resource to use in comparing schools. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.