NOW OPEN: La Tribu Rural in South Austin!


Welcome to La Tribu Rural Where the Montessori method and bilingual immersion meet to create independent, capable young minds. We know that the first 6 years are fundamental to your child’s development. It is during that time that his brain will fully develop and make all the connections that will determine who he’s going to be for the rest of his life. Because of that, it is precisely during this time when we can make a real difference. We want to make sure that they grow up to be healthy, wholesome individuals, who love themselves and respect others, show empathy and be creative problem solvers as well as they will achieve multicultural understanding, world-mindedness, confidence, and independence. We also encourage them to be Individuals who appreciate life, their environment and respect Mother Earth. This is why it is so critical to make smart decisions when we are choosing an education for this sensitive period of their lives.


A full immersion program is an effective way of learning a language, but it is only as effective as the exposure and support the child receives at home. At La Tribu Rural we provide a wonderful opportunity for children to learn a second language in a natural environment before the developmental window for language acquisition closes. Increasingly, research indicates that learning a second language has innumerable benefits for a child’s brain development. It increases creativity, enhances verbal and mathematical problem-solving skills, and develops an advantage in grasping and formulating concepts. These skills contribute profoundly to a child’s self-esteem and sense of value. Best of all, it prepares a child for life in the multi-cultural, multilingual world of the 21st century. La Tribu Rural should not be relied upon as the sole means of teaching Spanish to children; rather, the school should be viewed as a partner in helping children whether your goal is for them to gain native fluency, be bilingual or learn a second language.

Early Childhood Goals  

  1.    To provide an environment in which curiosity and the joy of discovery and understanding motivates learning.

  2. A place where children are encouraged to learn to question, to become involved, to live and work together, and to learn by helping one another.

  3.    To provide an atmosphere which frees the child’s potential for self development.

  4.    To help the child discover the joys of intellectual and artistic endeavor, and to grow through activities that stimulate and fulfill individual abilities.

  5.    To provide an extended family that will enhance the well-being of the community.

  6.    Foster learning and usage of the Spanish language.

  7.    Share Latino culture through language and traditions

Our curriculum is based on the Montessori philosophy, our classrooms are designed by experienced Montessori guides and we use Montessori materials. We are not licensed by any Montessori association but our lead teachers are trained in the Montessori method. We call ourselves “Montessori Inspired” because we give ourselves room to explore other alternative educational philosophies or methods such as Waldorf pedagogy.  

At the core of everything we do at La Tribu Rural is kindness. Our motto is to respect the child’s times and interests while learning, not underestimating the child and its abilities and giving them freedom within limits. La Tribu’s Spanish immersion program immerses the child in a second language, using it as a tool to teach all subjects, rather than teaching the language in isolation as one of many other curriculum subjects. In a language immersion program the second language is generally referred to as the “target language.” At La Tribu we use a bilingual approach, where students are immersed in their second “target” language and English throughout the course of their day. In this balanced immersion approach, all class activities and subjects are conducted in the target language and in English. We apply a heuristic approach to learning; the children express themselves through art, music, cooking, gardening, dance, science, pretend play, practical life activities, storytelling, etc.

Carolina Peredo and Daniela Ruiz - Co-Founders

Carolina Peredo and Daniela Ruiz - Co-Founders

La Tribu began as a passion project. In 2015, we, as parents, faced a dilemma: how do we choose between Montessori education and Spanish immersion for our children? We wanted to have both of the best worlds and through our research, we discovered that the Montessori method was actually highly compatible with a language program and provided an incredible context in which to implement an immersion system. 

After four years of creating our own curriculum, researching different experiences and learning from the best, we developed a very unique pedagogy of our own. Our system combines Montessori general philosophy towards childhood development with several other key components: academics and socio-emotional management; Walford concepts that establish daily rhythms in our classrooms; a mindfulness program; and a strong Spanish immersion program that consists of our original cultural curriculum. While we are incredibly proud of what we have created, we know that there is always room for more and we are eager to pursue new horizons!

La Tribu Rural is now open and enrolling. This new school will maintain everything we established in the formation of La Tribu Preschool and incorporate the values of nature exploration and sustainability. We are happy to announce that we are the new owners of a 1.5 acre campus on 9000 Manchaca Road, where we will develop a rural-inspired school: La Tribu Rural. 

We are committed to continue all our priorities - such as developing community, empathy, independence, high academic standards and strong socio-emotional connections - within our Tribe of students and their parents. Come along with us on the next chapter of our journey!

See what parents are saying about our school:

“I was so excited to find a school that combined Spanish immersion with Montessori in La Tribu. My son has learned so much independence from school. He is fully bilingual now, regularly speaking Spanish whenever his abuelos visit and easily code switching when talking to me and his dad. - Peggy L

“I have toured so many pre-schools and this one was, far and away, the best choice for our family.  The Director is incredible and is never satisfied, always improving the curriculum and experience for students and their families. We don't speak Spanish at home but, thanks to the school, we are learning and my daughter, who has been there for two years, is learning at light speed.  We also feel very welcomed by the other families that are native speakers. The guides are warm and knowledgeable, friendly and loving. ” - Marrilee A

“I had three kids and sent them to La Tribu's summer camp because I wanted them to learn Spanish. Well, not only they got a lot of vocabulary during their time there, but also developed a great appreciation for the language through songs, games and interaction with the teachers. But what impressed me the most were the teachers. They are very fun and dynamic. Absolutely engaged and caring about the kids. I haven't seen this level of love and attention in any other school, so I think I found a treasure here. My kids loved each at every day they spent at La Tribu, and I am really satisfied that every dollar we "invested" on this was totally worth it” - Hugo D

“La Tribu is a great place for a child to learn and be a part of something special.  In our experience, the "Tribu" is real. The staff truly care about our daughter's success and well being.  Since starting at La Tribu, we've seen our very dependent daughter transform into an independent problem solver who can work and play alone for periods at a time.  Another great thing she's picked up is the ability (and desire) to socialize with other children.” - Robert W

“My daughter has been enrolled since they opened, and she has really blossomed there. She was very shy when she started, and is so much more outgoing in public now. Her vocabulary has also grown immensely these past few months! We speak Spanish at home and were thrilled to find a Montessori-inspired Spanish immersion preschool in this part of town.  They have also provided additional activities like yoga and soccer, which my daughter has loved”. - Alejandra Z

9000 Manchaca

Austin, TX 78748




Back when I was 12 and I asked my mom to please stop sending me to English lessons, I didn’t imagine I would end up moving to the far west, I mean Texas, and forming a bicultural family. Growing up in a town in southern Argentina, surrounded by mountains where to ski and lakes where to camp, the last thing on my mind was to learn a foreign language. 

It wasn’t until I was studying Journalism and Communication that I understood that education -alternative, revolutionary, liberating- has no boundaries. I'm thrilled to have completed a Montessori certificate training for pre-primary (2-6 years old).

I learned that living far away from home makes you value your own culture and identity, that to remember who we are and where we come from helps us know who we want to be and respect others.

I think it is fundamental that everyone, starting in early childhood, could experience the discovery of other cultures. With that in mind I intend to grow a “tribe” with other Austin families with similar mindsets -when it comes to their kids' education. 

I have a fatal attraction to artists, but I don’t belong in that breed. My thing is to plan, problem solve, answer questions, make spreadsheets and create never-ending to do lists. I also love being outdoors and traveling.

La Tribu is the place for your child to grow learning about diversity.




The purpose of La Tribu is to provide child care in an environment that encourages all children to develop to their fullest potential. We provide high quality  early education based on a Montessori inspired curriculum, a Spanish immersion program based on cultural exploration and a focus on interacting with nature and taking care of our environment.  We are open between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, year-round (except noted holidays and vacations). Our facility is licensed to serve children ages from 18 months into school age.


Community garden days, parent education classes, a Book Club, a PTA, are some of the ways that we bring our “Tribu” together.

La Tribu is proud to be the first and only Montessori Spanish Immersion preschool in Austin. As part of our mission, we want to provide tools and resources to educate and strengthen our community. This is why we created our Parent Enrichment Program (PEP), an only for parents space designed to  learn and share important information about the main topics we work with at school: positive discipline, language acquisition, potty training, Montessori philosophy, and so forth. 

The first edition of our PEP was on POSITIVE DISCIPLINE  with Sandy Blackard, founder of Language of Listening. Sandy is a parenting coach and award-winning author. Her publications include SAY WHAT YOU SEE® for Parents and Teachers and a professional guidebook for play therapists, ChildParent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual, co-written with Dr. Sue Bratton, Dr. Theresa Kellam, and her mentor, Dr. Garry Landreth. The session was an eye-opening introduction to her method, to gain insights and simple tools parents can use to change challenging moments with their children into rewarding ones. 

On our second PEP edition we invited Donna Bryant Goertz to talk about "How Montessori can support your parenting: In the Community and at Home".  Confident about the importance of having a consistent approach with children and creating a strong partnership between the school and home, we designed this session for all the parents to discover the benefits the MONTESSORI METHOD has to offer from the first years of life. Montessori pedagogy is not only a respectful parenting tool but is also a life philosophy. Donna Bryant Goertz is an eminence in the field, not only because she directs Austin's most prestigious Montessori school, which she herself founded almost 50 years ago, but also because she raised her own 5 children "the Montessori way". Coming into one of her classrooms is like entering a temple of peace and harmony, where each child is quietly focused on their work, and the spark of curiosity shines bright. 

Stay tuned for more information about following PEP sessions




The monthly tuition rates  for La Tribu Rural for the 2019-2020 year are as follows:     

Program Time Monthly Amount
Part-time 8:00am - 12:00pm $900
Full-time 8:00am - 3:00pm $1000
Early arrival before school 7:00 - 8:00am Additional $50
After school program 3:00 - 6:00pm Additional $200
Before school drop-in Due immediately by check $20 per day
After school drop-in Due immediately by check $35 per day

ALL are Non-Reimbursable, Non-Transferable and apply to each child (sorry, siblings do not receive a discount)
SUPPLY FEE - covers an entire year of consumable materials, montessori materials repair and restocking, stationary, paper supplies. (prorated for students entering during the second semester) $180 Each August 1st
ENROLLMENT Fee - Reserves your spot once it becomes available from the waitlist $350 Once
RE-ENROLLMENT Fee - Saves your spot for next school year. Works as a deposit in case of withdrawal $350 Each March 1st
WAITING LIST Fee- Keeps child on the call list for future openings. It does not guarantee a spot and it does not roll over to the enrollment fee. It is non-reimbursable if you leave the list $85 Once
LATE PAYMENT Fee - after the 5th of the month $75 After 5th day of month


  • Sibling discount for second child (over tuition, not fees) :  10%

  • Sibling discount for third child:  5%

  • Late pick up after 3:15 pm: $35 or after 6 pm: $1 per minute 


Due on 1st day of the month by Personal check or Direct transfers via Intuit. We don’t accept credit cards. The Check Non-Sufficient Funds fee is is $35.

Monthly tuition for La Tribu is processed between the 1st and the 3rd of each month. After the 5th, a $75 late fee will be charged, with a $10 daily fee each day after. Payments may be made by check to ‘La Tribu Rural’

Monthly rates remain the same regardless of holidays, school closings, personal vacations and month lengths. Tuition is non-refundable and monthly tuition will not be pro-rated if your child is absent from class. There are no exceptions. If you wish to withdraw your child from La Tribu, we expect you to kindly provide us with a 30-day notice. The Re-enrollment Fee won’t be reimbursed in any case.

We reserve the right to do tuition updates every year


To apply to be a La Tribu regular student, the parent/guardian must fill out an Online Enrollment Application  and pay a $85.00 non-refundable WAITING POOL FEE. We accept personal checks only for this fee.


Once a spot becomes available, to complete enrollment, the parent/guardian must pay a NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FEE of $350 - non-refundable-  once they get a confirmation of commencement date. At that point they will also need to fill out the Admission Information Form.

There is a $180 non-refundable Yearly Supply Fee charged on the first day that your child attends the center - along with the first month’s tuition.  If your child enrolls after March 1st, the yearly supply fee will be $85 for the ongoing school year.






LA TRIBU will be closed up to four (4) days per calendar year for Staff Trainings (to be determined and communicated to parents with at least two weeks notice). Here is the most up to date school calendar 2019-2020. Please be advised that La Tribu reserves the right to change some of these dates with sufficient notice.

August 2019

  • Monday 12th - 1st Day of School Year

  • Friday 30th - Early Pick up by 4 p.m. for Teacher Training

September 2019

  • Monday 3rd - Closed for Holiday

  • Saturday 28th - Fall Garden Community Work Day & Potluck lunch 9am - 12pm

November 2019

  • Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th - Thanksgiving Break

December 2019 - January 2020

  • Monday 23rd - January 3rd - Winter Break

January 2020

  • Monday 6th - Classes resume - Second semester starts

  • Monday 20th - MLK Day - Staff Development - No School for Kids

March 2020

  • Monday 16th - Friday 20th - Spring Break (Spring Camp available)

April 2020

  • Friday April 10th - School is Closed

May 2020

  • Monday May 25th - Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

  • Wednesday 27th - Graduation party

  • Thursday 28th - Last Day School Year

  • Friday 29th - No school for kids - Preparing for the summer

June 2020

  • Monday 1st - Summer Camp starts

August 2020

  • Monday 3rd - Friday 14th - Summer Break (Summer Camp available)

  • Monday 17 - Staff Development - No School for Kids

  • Tuesday 18th - Staff Development - No School for Kids

  • Wednesday 19th - FIRST DAY OF CLASSES



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