Austin Independent School District

Austin Independent School District (AISD) is a school district based in the city of Austin, Texas, United States. Established in 1881,[2] the district serves most of the City of Austin, the neighboring municipalities of Sunset Valley and San Leanna, and unincorporated areas in Travis County (including Manchaca). The district operates 116 schools including 78 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, and 17 high schools.[9] As of 2013, AISD covers 54.1% of the City of Austin by area and serves 73.5% of its residents.[10]

Austin Independent School District
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd
ESC Region 13[1]
, Texas, 78704
United States
District information
Established1881; 143 years ago (1881)[2]
SuperintendentMatias Segura[3]
Accreditationaccredited (2018–19)[7]
Budget$1.7 B (FY2019)[5]
NCES District ID4808940[6]
Students and staff
Teachers5,484.07 (FTE) (2019–20)[6]
Student–teacher ratio24:1 (2019–20)[6]
Athletic conferenceDistrict 26 6A,
District 24 5A[8]
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Academic achievement edit

In 2018-19, the school district was rated a B by the Texas Education Agency (TEA.)[11] No state accountability ratings were given to districts for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. Prior to the 2011-12 school year, school districts in Texas could receive one of four possible rankings from the Texas Education Agency: Exemplary (the highest possible ranking), Recognized, Academically Acceptable, and Academically Unacceptable (the lowest possible ranking). For the 2012-13 school year, the TEA moved to a Pass/Fail system. In 2017, the TEA adopted an A-F accountability system.[12]

Historical district TEA accountability ratings
School Year Rating
2021-22 B
2020-21 Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster
2019-20 Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster
2018-19 B
2017-18 B
2016-17 Met Standard
2015-16 Met Standard
2014-15 Met Standard
2013-14 Met Standard
2012-13 Met Standard
2011-12 Not Rated
2010-11 Academically Acceptable
2009-10 Academically Acceptable
2008-09 Academically Acceptable
2007-08 Academically Acceptable
2006-07 Academically Acceptable
2005-06 Academically Acceptable
2004-05 Academically Acceptable
2003-04 Academically Acceptable

Finances edit

Like other Texas public school districts, AISD is funded through a combination of local property taxes, general state revenues (such as occupation taxes, Texas Lottery profits, and returns from the Permanent School Fund), and federal education funds.[13] The district also funds some facilities construction and improvements through the issuance of debt by bond elections; AISD's most recent bond election was in 2017.[14]

Board of Trustees edit

Members are elected in nonpartisan elections and serve four year terms.

Place Name Term Elected Term Up Schools Within District[15]
1 Candace Hunter 1st 2022 2026 Elementary: Andrews, Barrington, Blackshear, Blanton, Campbell, Guerrero-Thompson, Graham, Harris, Hart, Jordan, Norman-Sims, Oak Springs, Ortega, Overton, Pickle, Winn

Middle: Dobie, Garcia, Kealing, Sadler Means High: Eastside Memorial, Northeast Early College

2 Ofelia Zapata 1st 2020 2024 Elementary: Allison, Blazier, Govalle, Houston, Langford, Linder, Palm, Perez, Rodriguez, Sanchez, Uphaus, Widen, Zavala

Middle: Martin, Mendez High: LASA, Travis

3 Kevin Foster 1st 2020 2024 Elementary: Brentwood, Brown, Cook, Lee, McBee, Padrón, Reilly, Ridgetop, Walnut Creek, Wooldridge, Wooten

Middle: Burnet, Webb High: Navarro

4 Katherine Whitley Chu 1st 2022 2026 Elementary: Davis, Doss, Gullett, Highland Park, Hill, Pillow, Summitt

Middle: Lamar, Murchison High: Anderson, McCallum

5 Lynn Boswell 1st 2020 2024 Elementary: Barton Hills, Becker, Bryker Woods, Casis, Mathews, Oak Hill, Patton, Travis Heights, Zilker

Middle: Lively, O'Henry, Small High: Ann Richards, Austin, Travis

6 Andrew Gonzales 1st 2022 2026 Elementary: Casey, Cunningham, Dawson, Galindo, Joslin, Menchaca, Odom, Pleasant Hill, St Elmo, Williams

Middle: Bedichek, Paredes High: Akins, Ann Richards

7 David Kauffman 1st 2022 2026 Elementary: Baldwin, Baranoff, Bear Creek, Boone, Clayton, Cowan, Kiker, Kocurek, Mills,

Middle: Bailey, Covington, Gorzycki High: Bowie, Crockett

8 Noelita Lugo 1st 2020 2024 At-Large
9 Arati Singh 2nd 2018 2026 At-Large

List of superintendents edit

  • John B. Winn – 1881–1894
  • Prof. Thomas Green Harris – 1895–1903
  • Arthur N. McCallum Sr. – 1903–1942
  • Dr. Russell Lewis – 1942–1947
  • Dr. J.W. Edgar – 1947–1950
  • Dr. Irby B. Carruth – 1950–1970
  • Dr. Jack L. Davidson – 1970–1980
  • Dr. John Ellis – 1980–1990
  • Dr. Gonzalo Garza (Interim) – 1990–1991
  • Dr. Jim B. Hensley – 1991–1992
  • Dr. Terry N. Bishop (Interim) – 1993–1994
  • Dr. James Fox Jr. – 1995–1998
  • A.C. Gonzalez (Interim) – 1998–1999
  • Dr. Pascal D. Forgione Jr. – 1999–2009
  • Dr. Meria Carstarphen – 2009–2014
  • Dr. Paul Cruz – 2014–2020
  • Dr. Stephanie S. Elizalde – 2020–2022
  • Dr. Anthony Mays (Interim) – 2022
  • Matias Segura – 2023–Present

Demographics edit

In the 1970s white flight to Westlake and other suburbs of Austin that were majority white began. In 1970 the student body of AISD was 65% non-Hispanic (Anglo) white.[16] In the late 1970s the student body was 57% non-Hispanic white, 26% Hispanic and Latino, and 15% African-American.[17] Until 1978 AISD categorized Hispanics and Latinos as "white" so they could integrate them with African-Americans while leaving non-Hispanic whites out of integration. That year it was forced to integrate Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites.[18] In 2000 the student body of AISD was 37% non-Hispanic white.[16] The Hispanic student population peaked in 2011, at 52,398 students.[19] As of the 2016-17 school year, there are 48,386 Hispanic students, 22,761 non-Hispanic white students, and 6,578 African-American students.[19]

On November 18, 2019 the AISD board of Trustees voted 6-3 in favor of a plan closing four elementary schools. This vote was criticized by many, including AISD Chief Equity Officer, Dr. Hawley who stated that the "map that you have of the closures is a map of what 21st century racism looks like. ... Our process for selecting schools was flawed. It was inequitable." The six Trustees who voted to close the schools were Cindy Anderson, Amber Elenz, Geronimo Rodriguez, Jayme Mathias, Yasmin Wagner and Kristen Ashy.[20]

Demographics 2020-21[21] 2015-16[22] 2010-11[23] 2005-06[24]
African-American 6.6% 7.8% 9.5% 13.5%
Asian 4.5% 3.8% 3.3% 2.9%
Hispanic 55.0% 58.8% 60.3% 55.4%
Native American 0.1% 0.2% 0.3% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races 3.8% 2.7% 2.2%
White, non-Hispanic 30.1% 26.6% 24.3% 27.9%

High schools edit

Chronological founding of zoned high school campuses
1882 Austin High School
1953 McCallum High School
1953 Travis Early College High School
1961 Navarro Early College High School
1965 Northeast Early College High School
1968 Crockett Early College High School
1973 Anderson High School
1974 LBJ Early College High School
1988 Bowie High School
2000 Akins Early College High School
2008 Eastside Early College High School

The following high schools cover grades 9 to 12, unless otherwise noted.

Zoned high schools edit

High School Established Enrollment (2022-23) Namesake Mascot
Akins Early College High School 2000[25][26] 2,613 William Charles Akins Eagles
Anderson High School 1973[27][28] 2,210 Laurine Cecil Anderson Trojans
Austin High School 1881[29][30] 2,317 Stephen Fuller Austin Maroons
Bowie High School 1988[31][32] 2,782 James Bowie Bulldogs
Crockett Early College High School 1968[33] 1,608 Davy Crockett Cougars
Eastside Early College High School (2021-present)[34]

Eastside Memorial Early College High School (2008-2021)

2008[35][36] 699 East Austin Panthers
LBJ Early College High School 1974[37] 772 Lyndon Baines Johnson Jaguars
McCallum High School 1953[38] 1,824 Arthur Newell McCallum Knights
Navarro Early College High School (2019-present)[39]

Lanier Early College High School (1961-2019)

1961[40][41] 1,649 Juan Pantoja Navarro (2019-present)

Sidney Clopton Lanier (1961-2019)

Northeast Early College High School (2019-present)[42]

Reagan Early College High School (1965-2019)

1965[43] 1,019 Northeast Austin (2019-present)

John Henninger Reagan (1965-2019)

Travis Early College High School 1953[32] 1,137 William Barret Travis Rebels

Unzoned high schools edit

The Ann Richards School, Garza Independence High School, and LASA have independent campuses, but International High School shares a campus with Northeast Early College High School.

High School Established Grades Enrollment (2022-23) Namesake Mascot
Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders 2007[44][45] 6-12 895 Dorothy Ann Richards Stars
Garza Independence High School 1998[46] 10-12 150 Gonzalo Garza Griffins
International High School 2003[35] 9-10 305
Liberal Arts & Science Academy (LASA) 2007[47][48] 9-12 1,432 Raptors

Other high school programs edit

The Graduation Preparatory Academies at Navarro and Travis Early College High Schools are officially listed as separate schools from their home campuses, but they are housed within the same building and share many programs.

Host Campus Other programs
McCallum High School McCallum Fine Arts Academy
Navarro Early College High School Graduation Preparatory Academy at Navarro ECHS
Travis Early College High School Graduation Preparatory Academy

Travis Institute of Hospitality & Culinary Arts

Middle schools edit

Chronological founding of zoned middle school campuses (1886-1999)
1886 Lively Middle School
1930 Kealing Middle School
1953 O. Henry Middle School
1955 Lamar Middle School
1958 Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy
1961 Burnet Middle School
1966 Martin Middle School
1967 Murchison Middle School
1968 Webb Middle School
1972 Bedichek Middle School
1973 Dobie Middle School
1986 Covington Middle School
1987 Mendez Middle School
1993 Bailey Middle School
1999 Small Middle School
Chronological founding of zoned middle school campuses (2000-present)
2000 Paredes Middle School
2007 Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy
2009 Gorzycki Middle School
2023 Marshall Middle School

Zoned middle schools edit

Middle School Established Grades Enrollment (2022-23) Namesake Mascot
Bailey Middle School 1993 6-8 798 Gordon Arthur Bailey Bears
Bedichek Middle School 1972[49] 6-8 675 Roy Bedichek Bobcats
Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy (2014-present)

Pearce Middle School (1958-2014)

1958[50] 6-8 322 Bertha Sadler Means (2014-present)

James Edwin Pearce (1958-2014)

Burnet Middle School 1961 6-8 799 David Gouverneur Burnet Sailors
Covington Middle School 1986[51] 6-8 637 Verna Young Covington &

Weldon Joseph Covington

Dobie Middle School 1973 6-8 618 James Frank Dobie Roadrunners
Gorzycki Middle School 2009 6-8 1,286 Diane Elaine Gorzycki Tigers
Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy (2014-present)

Gus Garcia Middle School (2007-2014)

2007[50] 6-8 257 Gustavo Luis Garcia Dragons
Kealing Middle School 1930 6-8 1,255 Hightower Theodore Kealing Hornets
Lamar Middle School 1955 6-8 1,182 Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar Scotties
Lively Middle School (2019-present)[52]

Fulmore Middle School (1911-2019)[53]

South Ward School (1886-1911)

1886 6-8 1,107 Sarah Beth Lively (2019-present)

Zachary Taylor Fulmore (1911-2019)

South Austin (1886-1911)

Martin Middle School 1966 7-8[54] 296 Samuel Lawton Martin Eagles
Marshall Middle School 2023 6[55] Dr. General Garwood Marshall Rams[56]
Mendez Middle School 1987 7-8[54] 223 Consuelo Herrera Mendez Mavericks
Murchison Middle School 1967 6-8 1,237 Eugene A. Murchison Matadors
O. Henry Middle School 1953 6-8 754 William Sydney Porter Mustangs
Paredes Middle School 2000 6-8 657 Américo Paredes Pumas
Small Middle School 1999 6-8 1,211 Charles Clinton Small Cougars
Webb Middle School 1968[57] 6-8 571 Walter Prescott Webb Wildcats

Other middle school programs edit

The Kealing and Lively magnet programs accept students from across AISD on a basis of academic record and provide them with a more advanced program. The magnet programs are housed in their respective schools, but provide some different classes to their students.

Host Campus Other programs
Kealing Middle School Kealing Magnet Program
Lively Middle School Lively Humanities and Law Magnet for International Studies

Elementary schools edit

Facilities edit

Headquarters edit

Current headquarters

The headquarters are at the intersection of Interstate 35 and Ben White. The 142,000-square-foot (13,200 m2) structure has nine stories.[61]

For a period prior to 1989, the Austin ISD headquarters were on Guadalupe Street, adjacent to the Texas Department of Public Safety headquarters. In 1989, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill allowing DPS to acquire the former Austin ISD headquarters.[62] That building was known as the Irby B. Carruth Administration Building.[63]

From circa 1994 to 2019, the headquarters were at the Carruth Administration Center, on 1111 West Sixth Street. That building was sold, along with another AISD facility, in 2017.[61] The Schlosser Development Corporation purchased the West Sixth facility.[64] The district used the money from those sales to buy the current headquarters. From around July to September 2019 the headquarters moved to the current location. The employees who went to the current headquarters came from those two sold properties and one other property.[61]

Athletic facilities edit

Delco Activity Center

Gallery edit

See also edit

References edit

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