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Rawson Saunders School buying 33.7 acres from St. Andrew’s Espiscopal School

Future campus will help meet growing demand.

New site due to open for the 2019-2020 school year.

Austin’s Rawson Saunders School is buying property in Southwest Austin that it plans to use as its future campus site, school leaders say.

The 33.7-acre site, which Rawson Saunders School is purchasing from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, is near School Road and Patton Ranch Road, not far from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s Upper School campus. Rawson Saunders School is currently at 2614 Exposition Boulevard.

Construction on the new campus is scheduled to begin next year, with plans to open for the 2019-2020 school year. The campus will be built in phases, with a total price tag not yet available.

The pending contract for the land sale prohibits disclosure of the purchase price.

Rawson Saunders School plans to develop 5.2 acres of the land based on the school’s long-term needs and impervious cover limits. The future campus is expected to have about 144,000 square feet and will serve grades one through 12.

Officials with Rawson Sanders, a nonprofit independent school, say is the only full-curriculum school in Central Texas exclusively for children with dyslexia, and one of only a few of its kind in the country. It has has 174 students and 77 faculty and staff. Annual tuition is in the $25,000 range, school officials said.

School officials said the new site will allow Rawson Saunders to achieve a variety of goals supporting its mission, including more than doubling current enrollment capacity to meet increasing demand; expanding therapy services, athletic programs and extracurricular opportunities; and housing the Rawson Saunders Institute, the school’s dyslexia therapist training center.

“Our school’s mission is to develop the full potential of students with dyslexia,” Laura Steinbach, head of school at Rawson Saunders, said in a written statement. She said the school’s individualized education “is life-changing for our students, and our new campus will allow us to provide for many more children what truly is a transformational education experience.”

The Rawson Saunders board of directors unanimously approved the land purchase.

“We could not be more excited about this opportunity,” Josh McKay, board chairman of Rawson Saunders, said in a written statement. “This site is so well-suited for our new home and our needs; we also could not ask for a better neighbor than St. Andrew’s.”

School officials said the new campus will be relatively centrally located, creating greater access for many students throughout Central Texas.

“Our board is fully committed to Rawson Saunders being a world-class facility for students with dyslexia,” McKay said. “This new campus and our expansion plans are huge steps toward achieving our goals to grow, to serve more children and to be the leader in effectively educating students with dyslexia.”

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