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Banyan Forest Kindergarten 

A Waldorf-Inspired, Spanish Immersion Kindergarten

We believe children belong in nature.


We believe that we, as adults, can guide our children  

but nature is the teacher and the forest is the school.

In a world that rushes children to grow up, we believe that slowing down is key.

Now enrolling for the 2024-25 school year and 2024 Summer Camp. 

What is Banyan Forest Kindergarten?

Banyan Forest Kindergarten is an exceptional, nature-based & Spanish-immersion education for children, preschool and kindergarten ages (3-6 years old) operated by Monica Martinez, an experienced Waldorf teacher in partnership with the School on The Rise on its magnificent eight-acre property.

Where is Banyan Forest Located?

Our Forest Kindergarten is located on a magnificent eight-acre property in southwest Austin, Texas - off of Hwy 290, near Belterra and Nutty Brown Road - just a few short minutes from Dripping Springs.

How Are Rituals and Rhythms Done?

We believe that rituals and rhythm are key components in the lives of children. We aim to instill this sense of consistency so that the child feels secure enough to creatively play and explore. LEARN ABOUT THE DAILY + YEARLY RHYTHM

Why a Forest Kindergarten?

Nature is always teaching. When a child begins their education in the beauty and harmony of the natural world, they have a life-long engagement with learning. Banyan Kindergarten is an exhilarating approach to early education. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PHILOSOPHY

Why Spanish immersion?

When children live with a language day after day, they learn that language. Once they learn a second language, they have a new relationship with our diverse global community. And when they learn that second language early enough, they have an easier time with all languages. At Banyan Forest Kindergarten, children will hear and speak Spanish most of the time—for conversation and stories, for poetry and songs. English will be spoken only when it’s needed.

U.S. 290 & Rim Rock Trail 



Happily serving Preschool & Kindergarten age children and families in: Austin, South + Southwest Austin, Cedar Valley, Dripping Springs, Wimberly, Bee Cave, Spicewood and Buda. 

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Banyan Forest Kindergarten is committed to educating children in a welcoming school community that reflects the rich diversity of the greater Austin metropolitan area. We are an inclusive community of students, families, and faculty that strives to maintain diversity of race, color, ethnic background, religion, economic status, gender, age, and sexual orientation. We educate our students to respect the dignity of all people.

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