Austin Independent School District

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Austin Independent School District
Austin Independent School District Logo.jpg
1111 W 6th St.
Austin, TX

ESC Region 13[1]
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.

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.[7] No state accountability ratings will be given to districts in 2012.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]


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

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]

Athletic Facilities[edit]

Delco Activity Center


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Texas School Directory 2012" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ "Paul Cruz: Superintendent". Austin Independent School District. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "AISD Fact Sheet, 2014-2015 School Year" (PDF). 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. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "An Introduction to School Finance in Texas" (PDF). Texas Taxpayers and Research Association. January 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Price, Asher; Taboada, Melissa B. (11 May 2013). "Voters approve half of AISD’s $892 million bond proposals". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Austin Public Education Foundation Provides Need Support for Austin Schools". Austin Localista Magazine. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Torres, Vincent. "April 14 Update". Superintendent Search. Austin Independent School District. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Bien, Calily. "Dr. Paul Cruz appointed superintendent of AISD". Superintendent. KXAN. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  14. ^ 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)
  15. ^ a b Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc

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