Akins High School

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W. Charles Akins High School
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Connecting Today's Challenges to Tomorrow's Successes
Address
10701 S. First Street
Austin, Texas 78748
Information
School type High School
Founded 2000 [1]
Principal Daniel Girard [2]
Vice principal Manuel Garcia
Grades 9-12th [1]
Enrollment 2,655 [3] (2011)
Language English (Spanish)
Area Southwest Austin, Texas
Color(s) Navy Blue and Old Gold [1]
Mascot Eagle [1]
Website

Akins High School is located in South Austin, Texas, United States. It was named after Dr. William Charles Akins, an Austin resident and founded in 2000. It is one of the newest high schools in the Austin Independent School District. Its current attendance exceeds 2,700 students, with the majority being Hispanic and Mexican-Americans. Akins High School competes on the 5A circuit in all of its UIL competitions.

Curriculum redesign[edit]

Beginning in late August 2006, the school opted for students to continue their education following courses modeled through 'academies'. Under the plan, students choose a path from 5 academies, each modeled after varying areas of academics, with the exception of its NTHS program which focuses on project-based learning. In addition to taking the basic required courses for graduation, students choose from electoral and advanced courses within their selected academy. The academies are:

  • ABLE (Academy of Business and Legal Enterprise)
  • AHA (Arts and Humanities Academy)
  • SS (Social Services)
  • GTH (Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences)
  • NTHS (New Tech High School)
  • T-STEM (Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Departments[edit]

  • Athletics (Physical Education)
  • Career and Technical Education
  • English/Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education

Student organizations[edit]

Sports[edit]

Akins High School Marching Band[edit]

The Akins High School Marching Band has made multiple trips to the prestigious 5A UIL State Marching Competition. In 2006, performing their show titled, "The Pines of Rome", Akins advanced to the finals of the 5A UIL State Marching Contest, an achievement earned only by the 10 best 5A high school marching bands in the state of Texas.[4] As of 2012, Akins High School, Bowie High School, Westlake High School, Cedar Park High School, and Round Rock High School are the only high schools in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos Metropolitan Area to have ever had their marching band advance to state finals competition in the 5A category.[5] Akins also advanced to the state level competition in 2008, and area level competition in both 2010 and 2012.[6]

Journalism[edit]

Print Journalism is one of the largest majors in the Arts and Humanities Academy of Akins with over 200 students enrolled in the intro classes of Journalism 1 and Photojournalism (now known as Graphic Design and Illustration and Advance Graphic Design and Illustration), as well as the publications classes that produce the student newspaper and the yearbook. The newspaper,[dead link] The Eagle's Eye, has been recognized in 2006, 2007 and 2010 as one of the best newspapers in the state by the UIL Interscholastic League press conference with the award of the bronze star. In 2010-2011 the Eagle's Eye staff brought home six national awards from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Publications students have also received awards from state and national organizations for their 2007 literature magazine, WORD, featuring stories, poems, as well as photography prints and artwork of all mediums.[7][dead link] The school yearbook, The Aerie, has also won a few state awards.[7][dead link]

School in film[edit]

This school was the setting for the fictional school of Rocky Creek High in the film The New Guy[8][not in citation given].

References[edit]

http://akinseaglespublications.com/

External links[edit]