The Sri Atmananda Memorial School
is an alternative private school located in central Austin, Texas
. The school follows the KPM Approach to Children
, conceived in 1987 by Sri Adwayananda (Sri K. Padmanabha Menon). The school is a sister to the original Sri Atmananda Memorial School
located in Malakara, Kerala
, named after philosopher and guru Sri Atmanada
(P. Krishna Menon).
The school opened in 1995 on a historic campus north and east of the Hyde Park
neighborhood. It began instructing students in grades 1-5, and had a goal of providing full K-12 instruction by 2005. The school reached its goal and now offers K-12.
The campus location at 4100 Red River Street was owned by cotton entrepreneur E.H. Perry and his family in the early 20th century. In 1928 the family built a home, featuring guest houses, a triangular elevator, a bowling alley, and a sunken garden. The home features a Mediterranean villa style that somewhat resembles buildings at the nearby University of Texas
In 1944 the Perry family moved to the Driskill Hotel
and sold the home to Herman Heep. In 1948 the estate opened as a school for the first time, housing St. Mary's Academy for Girls, which had recently been moved from its historic downtown location. At that time a chapel, nun's quarters, and other buildings were added. In 1968, Holy Cross High School replaced the girls' academy. In 1974, the land was purchased by the Henderson family, who founded the private Perry School on the... Read More