Austin Independent School District

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Austin Independent School District
Austin Independent School District Logo.jpg
Type and location
Type Independent school district
Grades Pre-K through 12
Established 1881[1]
Region ESC Region 13[2]
Country USA
Location 1111 W 6th St.
Austin, TX
Coordinates 30°16′18″N 97°45′24″W / 30.27167°N 97.75667°W / 30.27167; -97.75667
District information
Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz (interim) [3]
Budget $1,053,173,599 (2014-15)[4]
Students and staff
Students 84,591 (2014-15)[4]
Teachers 6,369 (2014-15)[4]
Staff 5,684 (2014-15)[4]
Athletic conference District 26 4A,
District 25 5A [5]
Other information
TEA District Accountability Rating for 2011-12 Academically Acceptable[6]
Website Austin ISD

Austin Independent School District is a school district that is based in the city of Austin, Texas, United States. It was established in 1881.[1] The district serves most of the City of Austin, the City of Sunset Valley, the Village of San Leanna, and unincorporated areas in Travis County (including Manchaca). The district operates 129 schools including 84 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, and 16 high schools. On April 14, 2014, superintendent Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen announced that she was resigning to become the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.[7] Currently, the school board is in the process of searching for a new superintendent. During this search, Dr. Paul Cruz is the Interim Superintendent.[8]


As of the 2010-2011 school year, the appraised valuation of property in the district was $59,878,940,000.[2] The maintenance tax rate was $0.108 and the bond tax rate was $0.015 per $100 of appraised valuation.[2]

Austin Public Education Foundation (APEF)[edit]

Established over 20 years ago the Austin Public Education Foundation (APEF) raises funds to support broad school district initiatives. They primarily rasies funds through Grant applications, Corporate solicitations, and the Charitable giving campaign of school district employees.[9]

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2011, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[6] Forty-nine percent of districts in Texas in 2011 received the same rating.[10] No state accountability ratings will be given to districts in 2012.[11] A school district in Texas can 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).

Historical district TEA accountability ratings[6]

  • 2011: Academically Acceptable
  • 2010: Academically Acceptable
  • 2009: Academically Acceptable
  • 2008: Academically Acceptable
  • 2007: Academically Acceptable
  • 2006: Academically Acceptable
  • 2005: Academically Acceptable
  • 2004: Academically Acceptable

High schools[edit]

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

Zoned high schools
Unzoned high schools

Middle schools[edit]

Zoned middle schools
Unzoned middle schools
  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders [1] (6-7, will expand to 6-12 each year, with 12th grade added in 2013) (opened in the former Porter Middle School campus)
  • Fulmore Magnet of Humanities and Law for International Studies;
  • Kealing Magnet
The Magnet accepts students from across AISD on a basis of academic record and provides them with a more advanced program. The Magnet is not housed separately from Kealing's comprehensive program, but provides different classes to its students.

Elementary schools[edit]

More information about Mills Elementary School
Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. There were 1,099 students in 2008.[14] The school is named after a former principal of Galindo Elementary.[15] Mills community service includes support of the St. Jude Children's Hospital via jump-a-thon, and to residents in the community who have had a disease or any other life-changing problems.
Mills has a variety of after-school programs in which the students are able to enroll. Mills Elementary has its own after school daycare called MASCOT.[16] Mills also has a chess club, a math pentathlon team, 4th and 5th grade choirs, music memory team, and Lego Mindstorms club. Most of these activities last from the end of school to 3:45 in the afternoon.[17][18]
Mills has a number of school traditions. Prominent ones include the raising of the flag on the first day of school and the lowering of the flag on the last day of school, following 5th grade graduation and the end of the year slideshow. The last day of school flag lowering includes staff and students, and many parents and community members, and The Chicken Dance. This tradition has been shown on local news stations and in the Austin American Statesman. Other traditions include Cultural Arts day and Science Day - which typically alternate each year - Track and Field Days, Dr. Seuss character parade, Family Fun nights, Math nights, 5th grade Monster Mash, along with many others throughout the academic year.[19]
Mills PTA sponsors events throughout the year that incorporate the faculty, staff and students, including an annual Spring Festival, the well-attended community event Holidays Around the World, the Mills' Amazing Race, and a variety of other events intended to provide academic and cultural enrichment to the students, teachers and staff.[20][21][22]
30°12′39″N 97°52′41″W / 30.210922°N 97.878141°W / 30.210922; -97.878141

Athletic Facilities[edit]

Delco Activity Center

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 (Interim) - 2014-Present


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b c "Texas School Directory 2012". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Paul Cruz: Interim Superintendent". Austin Independent School District. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "AISD Fact Sheet, 2014-2015 School Year". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c "Texas Accountability System District Ratings for 2004 through 2011". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Torres, Vincent. "April 14 Update". Superintendent Search. Austin Independent School District. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Torres, Vincent. "Update on Interim Superintendent from AISD Board President". Superintendent Search. Austin Independent School District. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Austin Public Education Foundation Provides Need Support for Austin Schools". Austin Localista Magazine. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Texas Accountability System Summary of Ratings for 2004 through 2011(as of November 2, 2011) District Ratings by Rating Category (including Charter Operators)". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)
  13. ^ a b Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc
  14. ^ "Mills Elementary". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  15. ^ "Mills Elementary School". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  16. ^ "MASCOT". Mills PTA. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Extracurricular Activities". Mils PTA. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Mills Robotics Club". Mills PTA. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Track and Field Days Are Coming!". Joomla!. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Spring Festival". Joomla!. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "Holidays Around the World". Joomla!. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  22. ^ "The 5th Annual Amazing Race Was Amazing!". Joomla!. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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