Student Registration For Cedars International Schools

Cedars International Academy Schools is a Project-Based Learning, tuition-free, public charter school district for students of all ability levels, including accelerated academic programs to match student readiness.  Opening in 2001, Cedars International Academy Schools now serves over 500 students in Pre-K4 - 12th Grade.

To learn more about Cedars International Academy Schools, visit our About section.

Sign-up here for one of our upcoming Virtual or In-Person Tour and Information Sessions.

Cedars International Academy Schools uses a lottery-based registration system. Every student has an equal opportunity to enroll by filling out an admission application. The new student admission application opens in January for the following school year.

The lottery is performed by randomly assigning a number to each application submitted by the lottery deadline.  Applications are drawn for the number of openings at each grade level.  Our lottery results will be shared with families by February 16. Please note that applications submitted AFTER the lottery date are added to the end of the waitlist.


Our student application requires a home address located in one of the following school districts in order for the application to be eligible for our annual lottery: 

Austin ISD, Eanes ISD, Georgetown ISD, Lake Travis ISD, Leander ISD, Manor ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Round Rock ISD, Bastrop ISD, Coupland ISD, Del Valle ISD, Elgin ISD, Hays Consolidated ISD, Hutto ISD, Lockhart ISD, McDade ISD, San Marcos ISD, Taylor ISD, Belton ISD, Burnet CISD, Comfort ISD, Dripping Springs ISD, Jarrell ISD, Lago Vista ISD, Liberty Hill ISD, and Smithville ISD.

The children of Cedars International Academy Schools staff and board members or the siblings of current Cedars students are given priority registration and are exempted from the lottery. For example, if a student has a brother or sister at either one of the Cedars campuses or if a student is the child of a staff member or of a Cedars Board Member and would like to be admitted to Cedars they will receive priority over a new student. 


Cedars International Academy Schools has two campuses.  Cedars International Academy serves Pre-K4 - 8th Grades in North Austin at 8416 N. IH 35, Austin, TX 78753 (at the corner of Barwood Park and IH 35).  Cedars International Next Generation High School serves 9th - 12th Grades in North Austin at 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, #102, Austin, TX 78752 (across from ACC Highland Campus).   Our Pre-Kindergarten program is a federally funded program for four-year-olds who meet eligibility requirements. You can read more about our Pre-K4 qualifications below.

Registration For 2023-2024 Academic Year Is Underway

  • New Students: January 27 - February 12, 2023. If we have more students applying for a grade than we have space for, then we will hold a lottery for that grade level on February 13.  Accepted applicants will be notified by email by February 16 and will be sent a link to complete the registration process.  If the Registration forms are not received within 7 days, the spot will be given to the next student on the waiting list.

Eligibility for Pre-Kindergarten 

To be eligible for enrollment in a free Pre-Kindergarten class, a child must be at least four years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year and meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • unable to speak and comprehend the English language
  • is educationally disadvantaged (eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program... guidelines about NSLP eligibility can be found at the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Income Eligibility Guidelines. Once you select the appropriate school year, click on the Print Version link on the left of the page.
  • is homeless, as defined by 42 USC, §11434a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child's guardian or other person having lawful control of the child, including children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority
  • is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty
  • is or has ever been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Family Code §262.201
  • is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as: 
If the Pre-Kindergarten classes are not full by the beginning of the school year, Cedars International Academy may offer any open spots on a Paid bases for students that do not qualify for the free Pre-Kindergarten program. To be eligible for enrollment in a paid Pre-Kindergarten spot, a child must be at least four years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year. The cost for a paid spot is $4950/year/student, to be paid August through May for ten payments of $495/mo. The parent/guardian will be required to set up an account in MySchoolBucks in August before school begins and make the first payment before the first day of school and at the beginning of each month thereafter. Please contact the school for information on any available space.

Project Supply Fee and School Supplies

Cedars International Academy Schools offers a hassle-free option for parents to pay a $40 Project Supply Fee each school year.  When choosing this option, Cedars purchases all supplies needed to complete projects throughout the school year.  

If selecting this option, parents of Returning students should pay the Project Supply fee here before May 25th of the prior school year.  Parents of Returning students with New siblings joining Cedars may pay the Project Supply fee for the new siblings by adding the fee twice to the currently enrolled student.  Parents of New Students that wish to pay the Project Supply fee will be able to do this during the first week of school in August.

Parents also have the option of purchasing their own supplies for their child(ren).  The Project Supply List for Pre-K4 - 8th Grades can be found here.  H.S. Project Supply lists are provided to the students throughout the school year for each project.

Campus Tours And Information Sessions

Click here for options to visit either campus virtually or in person.


New Student Registration Checklist

The Enrollment Checklist provides you a list of the documents you will need to complete the registration process once your child has been accepted.

Our Mission Statement: Cedars International Academy Schools are committed to providing all students with rigorous learning and personalized relationships within a safe community, to ensure their success as responsible, globally-conscious citizens.

Our Vision: The Cedars International Academy Community prepares students to excel in a rapidly changing and competitive world. We are committed to leading educational reform. Our Project-based learning instructional program encourages students to learn through collaboration with peers, businesses, and the community. Students develop problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, and the resiliency they need to be lifelong learners and productive members of society.

Public Notification of Nondiscrimination: Cedars International Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and provides equal access to designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies. Mr. Michael G. Blalock, 8416 N I-H 35, Austin, TX 78753 (512) 419-1551