Our Story

Parkside Community Montessori School was just a dream in January 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 and a beacon was lit in the local Montessori community. For 23 years, our school flourished in its well-loved downtown location and enrollment grew to 135 students. But as Austin grew and changed, the needs of our community changed as well, and we began the search for a new home.

In June 2014, Parkside moved to a beautiful 12-acre campus in Southwest Austin. The 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, the majority of our campus will remain undeveloped in order to preserve its magic and foster our community’s commitment to nature. We are grateful to have found Parkside’s forever home, ensuring that for years to come, children and families will be able to receive and enjoy the wonderful gifts that Parkside has to offer.

“Your vision was beautiful. Your implementation was even better. We are so grateful for what you created. ”
Maria and Brett Bickerton