The Austin Independent School District is the heart of public education in Austin, Texas—a city of ideas and innovation that tops the nation's rankings of the best communities in which to work and live.
AISD educates approximately 85,000 students and embraces 129 diverse school communities in one of the fastest-growing, ever-changing metroplexes in the country. In partnership with parents and our community, AISD's mission is to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high quality, challenging, and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. We partner with world-class universities, innovative businesses and nonprofit organizations and engaged community leaders to prepare our students for college, career and life.
AISD students have achieved their best performance under the toughest accountability standards in the state’s history. Graduation rates have reached an all-time high of 84.1 percent and the district has embarked on graduation plans designed to meet the dynamic needs of the 21st century. U.S. News and World Report ranks five AISD high schools among the best in the nation. Newsweek ranks AISD’s Liberal Arts and Science Academy the No. 1 high school in Texas and No. 8 in the nation. And, the district has 261 National Board Certified Teachers—more than any school district in Texas.
Despite dwindling state resources, AISD has earned the highest ratings for its management of a $1 billion budget from Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch Ratings. AISD also carries the highest bond and state financial accountability ratings that school districts can earn in the State of Texas. These ratings reflect the district's stable financial management and operations, healthy reserves, and manageable debt profile, which saves Austin taxpayers money.
AISD is a champion for every child and is committed to educating the whole child, offering families a portfolio of rich options and programs to ensure all students have the support they need to achieve their potential and dreams. AISD embraces the Community School approach, which recognizes that all children have the potential to meet high expectations in the right environment and that the entire community has the responsibility to provide that environment for all children.