Parkside Community Montessori School was just a dream in January of 1991. The dream began coming to fruition, however, when teachers Joe and Claire Bruno joined with benefactors Eduardo Longoria and Mary Ann Justman to transform an abandoned meat packing plant adjacent to Zilker Park into a beautiful garden of learning.

In the fall of 1991, Parkside Community School opened with 75 children. For 23 years, our school flourished in its well-loved downtown location and enrollment grew to 135 students. But as downtown Austin grew, a change was needed. New construction projects, increased traffic challenges and rent increases prompted our search for a new home.

In June of 2014, Parkside moved to a beautiful 12-acre campus at 3207 W. Slaughter Lane in Southwest Austin. This land has hundreds of trees and a sparkling creek winding through the woods. It is home to an astonishing variety of native plants and flowers, butterflies, and birds ranging from whistling ducks to warblers.

By design, most of our new 12-acre campus will remain undeveloped, and will feature a first-rate Nature Education Program. Perhaps most importantly, our new campus gives Parkside a permanent home, ensuring that for years to come children and families will be able to receive the wonderful gifts that Parkside offers.

“At Parkside, the respectful way teachers treat and talk to the kids not only shapes their expectations for other relationships in their lives, it also sets them up for a positive experience of learning. There’s a balance of understanding and support, and the benefit of being known by caring, responsive people. We may live in a big city, but Parkside creates a loving, small town feel for every member of the community.
Amy Lowrey