Magellan International School is an International Baccalaureate World School in Austin, Texas, offering Spanish immersion, Mandarin Chinese instruction and a design-thinking influence curriculum to students ages 3 through 8th grade.
The school was established in 2009 with 47 students and now has 470+ with 70 teachers guiding learning every day in our classrooms.
Students in our school are building skills that transcend boundries - countries, continents and industries - and are surrounded by an inclusive and diverse community.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
471 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
The Magellan International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
70 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
22 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
(Polo shirts with school logo, navy and khaki bottoms)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Preschool $13,700 Primary $17,980 Middle School $20,190 Rates include all annual fees.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Amy Lovaas
Admissions Associate
Paige Polishook



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Destination Imagination, Entrepreneurs Club, Model United Nations Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports

School Notes

  • As an IB World School, Magellan International School: "prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom." We offer the Primary Years Programme through our Preschool and Primary School (ages 3 through 5th grade) as well as the Middle Years Programme (6th through 8th grade). 
  • All IB programmes seek to develop students according to the Learner Profile.  The profile aims to develop learners who are: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective. Teaching and learning intentionally focus on cultivating these traits amongst our students.
  • Like we all learned our first language at home through verbal cues and association, Magellan teaches our students the Spanish language through an immersion model. Our preschool students have 80% of their day spoken only in Spanish. As reading - in Spanish and English - becomes a significant focus in the classroom, the percentage of English each day increases. With the introduction of Mandarin Chinese instruction in 3rd grade, our students are hearing, reading, writing and speaking in 3 separate languages throughout the day.
  • Magellan has graduated four classes of Middle School students, with the oldest in their last year of high school this year. Our alumni attend schools throughout Austin and across the world, but the largest number matriculate to Anderson High School, LASA and Headwaters School.
  • Students are offered the opportunity to engage in extracurricular programs, from joining one of 9 competitive sports teams beginning in 4th grade to academic enrichment clubs like Model UN and Destination Imagination. Partners offer 20+ programs after school at our campuses each semester as well. Our students are busy learning and developing!
  • Magellan's community is diverse. As an international school, many our teachers come from many Spanish-speaking countries and our families choose us because of the breadth and global applicability of the education provided. Many of our students have been born outside of the United States - and even more have parents from other countries - that makes our school experience enriching by blending the unique experiences and perspectives of all.
  • The school offers financial assistance for families that may struggle to afford the full cost of a private education for their child or children. We welcome families from all backgrounds and invite you to explore becoming a part of our Magellan community.

School Reviews

Our daughter joined MIS in Kindergarten with no prior knowledge of Spanish. The adjustment was much better than expected, even better then hoped for, driven by multiple factors: the fantastic quality of the teachers and staff, low student-teacher ratio, the truly superior didactic approach and materials, as well as parent engagement. We chose the school primarily for the language immersion but have become even bigger fans as we experienced the school's implementation of the IB PYP program.
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The average private school tuition in Austin, TX is $12,065 for elementary schools and $14,399 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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