Academic Excellence for the Scholar, Athlete & Artist (AESA) Prep Academy is a 1st-12th grade college prep school in Austin, TX. AESA is designed to allow our students to have a completely individualized academic plan. AESA’s philosophy and design creates an environment that is engaging, motivating, and truly enjoyable. We believe students cannot learn and develop the important skills and values needed for today’s competitive landscape if they are not enjoying and having fun with their education and school’s community/culture.

School Type 
Private Non-Religious School
School Size 
Small (less than 300 students)


Year Established 2009
Total Enrollment 100
College Matriculation 95%
Teacher to Student Ratio 1:6
International Students Ratio 5%
Teachers with Advanced Degree 60%
Gender Co-ed
AP Courses 17
Average Class Size 8
Average SAT Score 1200
Religious Affiliation Other
Uniform Requirement No

Campus Features

  • Flexible and traditional schedules
    AESA works with each student individually to create an academic program that will accommodate their unique needs. Examples include an accelerated path for advanced scholars, an intensive training program for athletes, or fine art studio time.
  • Small class sizes
    AESA keeps class sizes small to ensure that every student is engaged directly and given the opportunity to participate in their learning. Class sizes vary from 2-8 students.
  • SACS accreditation
    AESA’s curriculum is SACS accredited (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and is based on National Standards, the PSAT, the SAT and the ACT. Click the hyperlink to learn more about the prestige and difficulty of earning such an accreditation.
  • NCAA approved courses
    AESA is NCAA approved to ensure students’ eligibility with Division I, II, and III colleges and universities.
  • Wide Range of Dual Credits
    Our students distinguish themselves academically by taking dual credit courses through AESA’s partnership with the University of Texas at Austin and UC Berkeley. AESA’s dual credit program gives our students a chance to experience university-level coursework, prove competency to college admissions, and a head start in the pursuit of graduating college.
  • SAT/ACT Prep Program and AESA’s Philosophy 
    AESA understands a quality SAT/ACT score is critical to attending a top-level university. That’s why AESA provides SAT/ACT Prep courses, purely designed to help prepare our students to earn a great score. AESA students begin SAT/ACT prep years in advance and coursework is individualized for each student. These prep courses usually have no more than 5 students in each class. AESA students take multiple practice examinations and upon completion of the program, he or she is fully prepared to earn a great score!


Interview Requirements 
Application Fee 
Application Description 
Space Available 
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

Admission Instructions

Additional fees vary- Maximum $2000 $500 deposit

Test Score Requirement

Academic Strength 
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AP Courses 
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • French
  • Government and Politics
  • Human Geography
  • Latin
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History
AP Courses Supplemental  
AESA Prep Academy does not offer AP courses! AP courses are dead in our opinion. Dual-credit courses are not simply college preparatory or pre-university courses, dual-credit courses are legitimate university-level courses. They are just as rigorous and difficult as those provided on a college campus. Dual credits allow students to earn credit that goes toward both high school and university graduation requirements.
Honor Courses  
Special Programs  

Our students distinguish themselves academically by taking dual-credit courses through AESA’s partnership with the University of Texas at Austin and UC Berkeley. AESA’s dual credit program gives our students a chance to experience university-level coursework, prove competency to college admissions, and a head start in the pursuit of graduating college.

Student Activities

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer
  • Creative Writing
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Film
  • Honor Society
  • Math Team
  • Model United Nations
  • Peer Leadership
  • Speech
  • Student Goverment
  • Volunteer
  • Year Book
  • Basketball
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Weightlifting


Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the 4th-most populous city in Texas. It is the fastest growing large city in the United States, the second most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona, and the southern-most state capital in the contiguous 48 states. As of the Census Bureau's July 1, 2016 estimate, Austin has a population of 947,890. Located in Central Texas in the foothills of Texas Hill Country, the city is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways including Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, the Colorado River, Lake Travis, and Lake Walter E. Long. It is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,056,405 as of July 1, 2016. Residents of Austin are known as Austinites. They include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, and a vibrant LGBT community.

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