We want our admissions process to be simple, friendly, purposeful and collaborative.

Welcome to ATI Austin

Hi and thank you for considering ATI Austin. We know choosing a high school is a big decision. We are lucky to live in a city where there are a lot of wonderful schools, and we’re excited ATI is among them.  We’re proud to share ATI with you and eager to partner with you and your child to make the best decision for your family.  

I encourage you to explore our website, to read through our core values, and to learn about the ATI experience so you have a sense of the community we aspire to create with our students. We are an intentionally small school, and it’s important to us to build connection with families and to ensure students are eager to contribute to our community and ready to take advantage of what we offer.  

 We are excited to get to know you and for you to be inspired by what’s possible here at ATI.  

Warm regards, 

Chris Ready & EvaClaire Wright

Admissions Director & Head of School, ATI Austin

Admissions Process & Timeline

We want our admissions process to be simple, friendly, purposeful and collaborative. We’ve laid out the key aspects of our admissions process below to make it easy for you to see each step along the way.

There are 3 key steps in our admissions process.

Step 1 – Learn about ATI by attending one or more of our events this fall.

Step 2 – Sign up for a Shadow Day this fall to experience a day in the life of ATI.

Step 3 – Submit your application to ATI, which includes financial aid if necessary, by January 21, 2020.

If you are considering transferring to ATI Austin for the current 2019-20 school year, please go here to learn about our transfer process.

We'd love to meet you!

As a first step, we’d love to meet you!

We have a range of opportunities for interested families and students to learn about ATI, talk to our staff, and begin the admissions process.

Book a Tour. We would welcome your family to visit ATI, meet with our admissions director, and see the school in action. We offer tours Tuesdays through Thursdays. Space is limited. Please sign up here to RSVP.

Attend an Open House. Our Open Houses are an opportunity to meet our entire staff, learn about our program and current classes and connect with students and parents. We are hosting two Open Houses this fall and encourage you to attend. Please click here to sign up for one of our fall Open Houses.

Attend an Information Session. We offer morning pastries and coffee once month, from 9:45 – 10:30 AM for interested families to meet a staff member, visit a class and answer questions. Space is limited. Please sign up here to RSVP.

Contact us. If you want to reach out directly to start a conversation, we’d love to hear from you. You can email admissions directly at austin@thoughtandindustry.com, or call us at 512-910-8980.

Sign Up for a Shadow Day

Once we’ve had a chance to meet and you're ready to learn more about the ATI experience, we ask that students sign up to attend a Shadow Day at ATI. Our shadow day allows prospective students to have an authentic day-in-the-life experience of our school, to connect with current students and staff, and to engage in our learning community. We welcome students and provide support and check-ins throughout the day to make sure they have what they need to feel comfortable and engaged.

Apply to ATI Austin

Our application for 2020-21 will be available September 21, 2019.

We partner with TADS to manage your application in one convenient place.

Here's what to expect in TADS:

  1. Parents will be asked to share contact information.

  2. Students will be asked to answer a set of application questions so we can get to know them better.

  3. Students will be asked to provide current transcripts.

  4. Students will be asked to provide 2 letters of recommendation from adults who know your student well.

  5. If your family is applying for financial aid, you will be asked to submit appropriate financial information in TADS as part of your application.

  6. All applications should be submitted no later than January 21, 2020.

To begin your application for enrolling your student at ATI in the fall of 2020, please start by signing up here with TADS.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at ATI Austin is $20,500 for the 2020-21 school year.

In addition to our new scholarship contest, we offer generous financial aid based on demonstrated need and would like to partner with you to help you afford ATI. Approximately 66% of our ATI Austin families receive financial aid.

Our financial aid decisions are made independent of admissions decisions.

Your financial aid application is a part of your application in TADS.

If you have questions about financial aid, please contact: financialaid@tohigherground.com.

Transfer to ATI

If you are interested in transferring to ATI Austin in the current 2019-20 school year, please complete our interest form, and you will be contacted within 48 hours to have an initial conversation.

The transfer process requires an initial phone or in-person conversation to get to know each other, a completed application, a shadow day visit and interview, and a completed financial aid application (if needed).

We have limited spaces available through the first semester so we encourage you to contact us via our interest form as a first step as soon as possible.

Admissions Calendar


  • September 21: Application Available

  • September 23: Shadowing Starts

  • September 26: Coffee and Pastry Breakfast, 9:45 – 10:30 AM


  • October 13: Open House, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

  • October 31: Coffee and Pastry Breakfast, 9:45 – 10:30 AM

  • Shadow days on Mondays-Thursdays


  • November 13: Open House, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

  • Shadow days on Mondays-Thursdays


  • December 5: Coffee and Pastry Breakfast, 9:45 – 10:30 AM

  • December 19: Semi-annual Showcase, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Shadow days on Mondays-Thursdays


  • Priority Application Deadline, January 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM


  • Admissions decisions communicated by Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Deposits due no later than Monday February 24, 2020

Enter the ATI Scholarship Contest

Submissions Due January 15, 2020




This year, ATI will be running its first national scholarship competition. More than $1 million in scholarships will be offered for those teens (age 13 – 18) who are exceptional thinkers and doers. The application deadline is January 15th, 2020 for new candidates (who must be students planning to enroll in August 2020). Winners will be announced March 2, 2020.

In judging the contest, we are looking for:

  • Teens who pursue intellectual work for its own sake, and who are already serious about their intellectual achievements. Have you written a novel? Does your GitHub profile show a major contribution to an Open Source project? Have you discovered a new direction in science? Written a screenplay? We are open to any sort of intellectual achievement.

  • Teens who have achieved in the real world. Have you started a company? Launched a social enterprise? Do you have a digital media empire? Have you organized major events? Again, we are open to any sort of real-world achievement.

Show us what you’ve got! Applicants should submit evidence of their accomplishment(s) along with a 300-500 word narrative explaining its purpose, significance and summary of the accomplishment. You should provide the judges with a clear understanding of why you believe your submission deserves to win.

One national winner will be awarded, with the award applicable to campus of choice. Regional and runner up winners will be awarded at each of our four locations (Austin, San Francisco, New York, and St. Louis). The prize tiers are as follows:

  • National Champion Thinker and Doer: Full tuition to ATI until graduation (up to $200,000 value).

  • Regional champions: 50% annual ATI tuition scholarship each year until graduation (up to $100,000 value).

  • Runners-up: 25% annual ATI tuition scholarship each year until graduation (up to $50,000 value).

For more about the prizes and rules, and for information about our esteemed panel of judges, you can download further details here.

You can enter the scholarship contest today by filling out our form here. If you have any questions, please contact info@thoughtandindustry.com. If you would like to speak with anyone at ATI Austin, please contact us here.

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