Austin Independent School District

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Austin Independent School District
AISD Logo Color horizontal.png
1111 W 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703
ESC Region 13[1]
United States
Coordinates 30°16′18″N 97°45′24″W / 30.27167°N 97.75667°W / 30.27167; -97.75667
District information
Type Independent school district
Grades Pre-K through 12
Established 1881[2]
Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz[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 based in the city of Austin, Texas, United States. Established in 1881,[2] 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.

As of 2013 AISD covers 172.4 square miles (447 km2) of land within the City of Austin, making up 54.1% of the city's territory.[7]

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.[8] No state accountability ratings will be given to districts in 2012.[9] 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


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.[10] 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 2013.[11]

Austin Ed Fund[edit]

Austin Ed Fund serves as a catalyst for generating and distributing external resources for the support of innovation and excellence in AISD. Originally named Austin Public Education Foundation (APEF), Austin Ed Fund was created over two decades ago as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an independent Board of Directors made up of business, community and education leaders.

Austin Ed Fund supports programs and initiatives that:

  • Help students Excel in the classroom
  • Embrace innovative approaches
  • Expand learning capacity in the classroom
  • Encourage community support and maintain strategic alliance with AISD

In 2015, fundraising efforts from foundations, corporations, and individuals supported the Ed Fund's Innovation Grants program and AISD's Social and Emotional Learning initiative. Community members can learn more or donate at


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.[12] On January 26, 2015, Dr. Paul Cruz was promoted from interim to full superintendent.[13]

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–Present


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.[14] In the late 1970s the student body was 57% non-Hispanic white, 26% Hispanic and Latino, and 15% African-American.[15] 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.[16] In 2000 the student body of AISD was 37% non-Hispanic white.[14] The Hispanic student population peaked in 2011, at 52,398 students.[17] 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.[17]

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
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]

  • Thomas G. Harris- Early College Prepartory

Athletic facilities[edit]

Delco Activity Center


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Texas School Directory 2012" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "School Districts As Per States". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Paul Cruz: Superintendent". Austin Independent School District. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "AISD Fact Sheet, 2014-2015 School Year" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c "Texas Accountability System District Ratings for 2004 through 2011". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Regional School Districts and the City of Austin." City of Austin. March 2013. Retrieved on August 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "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. Archived from the original on August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ "An Introduction to School Finance in Texas" (PDF). Texas Taxpayers and Research Association. January 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ Price, Asher; Taboada, Melissa B. (11 May 2013). "Voters approve half of AISD's $892 million bond proposals". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  12. ^ Torres, Vincent (April 14, 2014). "April 14 Update". Superintendent Search. Austin Independent School District. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bien, Calily. "Dr. Paul Cruz appointed superintendent of AISD". Superintendent. KXAN. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Wells, Amy. Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates. University of California Press, January 20, 2009. ISBN 0520942485, 9780520942486. p. 51.
  15. ^ Wells, Amy. Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates. University of California Press, January 20, 2009. ISBN 0520942485, 9780520942486. p. 47-48.
  16. ^ Wells, Amy. Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates. University of California Press, January 20, 2009. ISBN 0520942485, 9780520942486. p. 48.
  17. ^ a b "Austin ISD Demographic Study 2016" (PDF). Austin, Texas: Austin Independent School District. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2017. 
  18. ^ 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) Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ a b Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc

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