City School began as an idea in the minds of several Austin families raising a diverse group of children – some biological, some adopted, some ethnic minorities, and some the children of a Pastor. They shared a desire to give their children an excellent, Christ-centered education, but their children’s varied backgrounds and needs, plus the parents’ desire to see their children educated together, left them convinced: Austin’s families could use another option.
Compelled to consider starting something different, these families penned a vision for a school that would be “economically diverse, self-consciously Biblical, and recognize that different children need different things but all need to be challenged.” Stirred by the opportunity to bring together a diverse group of students and families at a different kind of private school, a community of professionals and volunteers united. Together they admitted families, found a location, and secured funding to support the school’s unusual scholarship model: everybody pays something, but tuition is on a sliding scale.
In August of 2002, City School opened to 33 students from eight different schools and many who had been home-schooled. Since the school’s inaugural year, the unique spirit of City School – created by uniting a community that reflects God’s Kingdom in the City of Austin – continues to draw in and connect families, inspire our staff, and equip students to lead and serve for the sake of the Gospel.
The name City School was inspired by Augustine’s City of God, which exhorts building the Kingdom of God while living in the City of Man. City School always has been meant to honor God and bless Man.
City School is located on Teri Road in southeast Austin, Texas.
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