The International School of Texas

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IST is a non-profit, independent, private, international school serving the areas of Bee Cave, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch, Four Points, River Place, Circle C, Westlake and the surrounding communities. We serve Ages 3 through Grade 9!
Our Mission: We cultivate a respectful, global community that instills students with integrity, confidence, and intellect in pursuit of improving themselves and serving the world around them.
Weekly Art, Music, STEM, P.E. Courses, Weekly Library Visits
Focus on the Whole Child, including weekly Social-Emotional Learning lessons, a full time counselor, and a full time learning specialist
Curriculum: IB World School, Singapore Math, & Spanish and Mandarin Language Program, Project-Based and Inquiry-Based Learning
30+ After School Clubs, Frequent Field Trips, & Travel Opportunities
We value brain breaks! Recess, mindfulness, and snacks daily!
Brand new, state-of-the-art Campus in Bee Cave, including a Performing Arts and Athletics Center

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-9
  • Enrollment: 216 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-9
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
216 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
The International School of Texas Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
31 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code
Flexible Uniform

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Admissions Director
Sara Solomon


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
18 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Art Club, Coding Club, Cooking Club, Creative Writing, e-Sports Club, Fun Friday Club, Gardening Club, Music Club, Photography Club, Robotics Club, Robotics Junior, Spanish Club, Speech and Debate, Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Competitive Athletics and Intro-to-Sport Clubs

School Notes

  • We are always delighted to hear from families who feel that International School of Texas may be a good fit for their children. Please feel free to visit our website or to contact us directly to find out more about our Admissions Process. We look forward to welcoming you!
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does The International School of Texas offer?
The International School of Texas offers 5 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Soccer and Volleyball.
When is the application deadline for The International School of Texas?
The application deadline for The International School of Texas is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is The International School of Texas located?
The International School of Texas is located in the La Hacienda Estates neighborhood of Austin, TX.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
Our grandson loves his school. He is enjoying his time in Miss Bui's class.
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My nephew attends IST as a JPK student, and he has absolutely blossomed as a pupil and as a person. The administrators are wonderful and are so encouraging and loving towards their students. IST does a great job of preparing students for the world right from the jump.
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I love the community of families who are a part of the school. My kids are always happy to go to school every day!!!
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I children love everything about IST. The community is welcoming and the administrators are top notch. The teachers are beloved. The school fosters a worldview with the IB education and diverse community. We feel lucky to have a school like IST in our area. We can't wait to see all the great things our kids will do as they move up through the school.
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A fantastic school, wonderful teachers, amazing staff, and great leadership. Our kids have attended for many years and we couldn't be happier. Their education and development are beyond our expectations.
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My two boys attend the International School of Texas (IST), and my husband and I are very happy with the school. There are three main reasons we chose IST.1) Excellent Teachers I searched for a school where my sons could learn in a small class environment and spend most of the class time interacting with the teacher and classmates. IST is one of the only schools in the Austin area (besides Waldorf and a handful of other smaller options) that does not use screens in the classroom on a regular basis. Class work is usually done on paper in groups or individually and then discussed aloud. The teachers follow an established IB curriculum, yet they have enough freedom to tailor the lessons to the students' interests. At IST my sons are excited to learn and understand the context of what they're learning. In addition, IST has excellent music, P.E., STEM, and art teachers. Every year the choir concert brings me to tears.2) Healthy Food Both my sons follow a special diet, and IST is very accommodating. Every student eats the same food catered by HEB, and my sons' snacks and lunches are modified so they can eat the same food as everyone else. My sons' teachers are aware of the diet and help make birthday and holiday celebrations inclusive for my kids. Both IST teachers and parents recognize that a healthy diet means happy kids, and classroom celebrations are not sugar free-for-alls. For the past two years, Valentine's Day has been candy free in one of my son's classrooms (it's up to the teacher).3) Strong, Diverse Community I also love the community at IST. There are several community events during the year such as: Popsicles on the playground, Halloween dance, Thanksgiving picnic, gingerbread decorating, Holi celebration, Cinco de Mayo picnic, and school graduation. The Parent League is very active and does a lot of work on the annual gala. I enjoy attending the events and meeting all the parents. My sons know every child's name at the school since the grades often mingle on house days or classrooms mix to give the older kids leadership opportunities. Many kids come to IST because they may not fit in elsewhere, and the inclusive environment is noticeable. The campus itself is also beautiful. When I first drove up to the school, I was impressed by the grounds, the nature walk, and the lake view. A beautiful community thrives in a beautiful place.I would like to address some of the negative reviews below. Fundraising is a focus at the school (like all private schools), and the administration does ask parents to contribute to the annual campaign and the middle school building campaign. What was not stated in prior reviews is that while the administration asks that 100% of parents (and staff) donate to the annual campaign, the amount can be as little as $1. Part of the community spirit is that everyone gives what they can in time and money.Overall I feel very lucky that IST is in the neighborhood, and I highly recommend it to other parents.
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I cannot say enough good things about this school and community. My older son was succeeding in public school, but I knew he could be happier and do better. Our search ended when he visited IST for a day and I immediately saw how happy and engaged and welcomed he was. Fast forward, and he is thriving. Learning Spanish and Mandarin, an active member of the competitive Robotics team, and on the senior soccer team. He is showing a maturity of thought that has been deepened by the school's commitment to teaching our students to safeguard and protect our natural resources, learn about and respect all cultures, and conduct themselves with integrity and caring. I have always known (as we do) that my son has the potential to change the world. At IST, he is becoming that person and enjoying the journey.
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Abercorn International School in Austin, TX is an extraordinary school. I know the leaders and owners of this organization and they are people of great integrity. This is reflected in all aspects of their facilities and curriculum - in their course of studies which are current and in keeping with the demands of a global focus and community, in the facilities themselves which are state of the art and, of course, in the healthy meals provided by Whole Foods. My son will soon need choose a school for his children andI will enthusiastically recommend Abercorn International to him! I support the values demonstrated by this fine educational institution - they provide a much needed perspective if we are to continue to thrive in ever growing global opportunities.
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this is a fantastic school that offers my children a great education. the teachers are amazing, I love the languages and I love the warm, nurturing atmosphere that is provided. I researched this school in depth before sending my child here and I have been delighted by the experience my child has had. I cant recommend it highly enough.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-9
  • Enrollment: 216 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average acceptance rate in Austin, TX is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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