Get Ready For A Great School Year!
Classes begin in Austin ISD on Monday, August 27 and it’s going to be a great year for learning! The first day of school can be exciting for students and parents: new teachers, new friends, and for some students, even a new school. We promise that your child will have opportunities to learn and achieve every day, and that they’ll be challenged at the highest levels. Our teachers and principals will work hard to ensure student success — and will expect your children to work hard too! Together, we’re a team, and success is our goal!
We encourage you to explore this site, which has helpful information to get you and your family ready for a great year in AISD.
Mark your calendars! Download the AISD school calendar and prepare for a year of success.
Back-to-School Parent Guide
Download a flier containing information to help you prepare for Back-to-School.
New Student & Registration Information
Get all the info you need to enroll your student for the 2012-2013 school year.
- Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2012.
- All students new to Austin ISD must provide a birth certificate, current record of immunizations, child's last report card, proof of address (rental contract or utility bill with valid address), parent photo identification or driver's license, and the child's Social Security Card (optional)
If you have questions about the registration process, or are unsure which school your child will attend, contact the AISD Office of Student Services at 414-1726 or view school assignments online.
New Student Registration
For students new to AISD or current AISD students who have moved or transferred during the summer.
- Elementary - Wednesday, August 15, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Weekdays, August 13 - 17, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Middle School - Wednesday, August 15, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- High School - Tuesday, August 14, and Thursday, August 16, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
New Student Orientation
For all students new to a campus or new to AISD; BUS ROUTES WILL RUN. New student orientation is offered:
Middle Schools - Friday, August 17, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
High Schools - Friday, August 17, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Back-to-School Night allows parents to meet their child’s teacher(s) and learn about some of their child’s classes or coursework.
- Elementary Schools - Date, time, and duration to be announced by individual campuses. Should not conflict with Secondary Back to School Nights.
- Middle Schools - Tuesday, September 11.*
- High Schools - Wednesday, September 12.*
* Time and duration to be announced by individual campuses.
- Elementary - 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.*
- Middle & Junior High - 8:20 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.*
- High School - 9 a.m. - 4:10 p.m.*
*Variations may exist with kindergarten or high school schedules or magnet schools.
School Success Begins With Regular Attendance
When it comes to school, students who miss school....miss out. They miss out on opportunities to learn, build lasting friendships, and develop the skills and attitudes needed to become good citizens and valued employees. Except in the case of illness, many school absences can be avoided with a little extra effort.
Help your child learn, build lasting friendships, and develop the skills and attitudes needed to become a good citizen and valuable member of the community.
Here are some tips to help support your child’s good school attendance
The Time To Immunize Is Now!
Immunizations are an important part of public health, and Texas law requires students in school to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
Immunizations for your child are available with your family doctor or at community health centers throughout Austin. The free clinics include St. John Community Health Center, Far South Public Health Center, Rosewood Zaragosa Neighborhood Center, and the People's Community Clinics. The Seton Clinics and the Austin Regional Clinics offer immunizations with insurance or Medicaid. Please take your child's medical and immunization records with you to the clinics. Explain to your child that these vaccinations help them stay healthy. Click here for immunization requirements and dates.
Students without the required immunizations or a valid exemption will not be allowed to attend school.
Additional information about school vaccine requirements is available at www.immunizetexas.com (click on the ‘School and Childcare’ link).
To support students who attend schools that have a dress code that requires particular colors or styles of clothing, the district has provided local retailers with a list of campuses near their stores that have these dress codes, as well as specific information about each school's requirements. You may also check the District Student Dress Code
Healthy Eating In AISD
Austin ISD cafeterias will serve breakfast and lunch beginning on the first day of school.
AISD cafeterias will serve your child a healthy breakfast and lunch, beginning on the first day of school. Breakfast menus are designed to meet one-fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for calories, protein, iron, calcium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Lunch consists of an entrée, two selections of fruit, vegetables or salad, bread which may be part of the entrée or separate and a choice of milk.
Contact your child’s school for prices. Free and reduced price meals are available to students of families meeting federal income guidelines. Applications, guidelines, and information are available at all schools.
Austin ISD Nutrition and Food Services uses myLunchMoney.com, a service to prepay for your child’s school breakfast, lunch, and a la carte food items using a credit or debit card.
How Do I enroll?
- Go to www.myLunchMoney.com and click to enroll.
- Create an account for yourself and your children.
- You’ll also need date of birth, school, and grade.
- Provide credit or debit card information.
- Select the Automatic Pre-Payment Option.
For questions or assistance with enrollment, you may contact your campus, or call the toll-free customer support center at 1-800-479-3531. Support personnel are available weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Get Involved In Your Child’s Education
Parent involvement is a key component to student success in school. Here are some great ways to support your child’s success. you can also contact the AISD Parent Support Office to learn about workshops, classes, and more great ways to get involved with your child's education. They can be reached at (512) 414-3189.
- Parent and teacher conferences are great opportunities for sharing information about your child. Good communication between you and your child’s teachers can help in your child’s success. You can prepare for the conference by talking to your child about the upcoming conference and preparing questions about their progress.
Here are some examples of questions to ask your child's teacher:
- Does my child get along with the other students?
- Does my child pay attention in class?
- What skills and knowledge will my child be expected to master this year?
- How will my child be evaluated?
- What are my child's academic strengths and weaknesses?
- What can I do to be more involved in my child's academic progress?
Stay in regular touch with your child's teachers to discuss goals and progress. Meeting with your child's teachers can help build strong parent-teacher partnerships, which are necessary to help your child get the best education possible and succeed.
Join the PTA
- Your school’s Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) is made up of parents, teachers, and others who care about your child and the school. They serve as advocates for the children and help the school meet its goals.
- Consider joining the PTA at your child’s school. Your help can make a huge difference in the success of your child and other students, and you’ll make new friends as well. To join the PTA and to get more involved in your child’s school, please contact the PTA or the principal at your school.
- Join your school's Campus Advisory Council (CAC)
Tips for Reading to your Child
Reading Begins at Home! Create a culture of high expectations at home and support your child outside of the classroom.
Read * Tell * Sing * Recite * Teach
- Set aside a special reading time.
- Turn off the TV and radio.
- Choose a familiar place.
- Keep a collection of children's books and magazines at home.
- Read with emotion.
- Let your child turn the pages.
- Point to different pictures.
- Tell your child stories about your family.
- Sing to your child.
- Take your child to the library to check out books.
- Bring your child to storytime at the library.
View your child’s grades and attendance on-line
- Through AISD Parent Connection you can view assignments, current grades, and attendance of students in grades 3-12. Parents of students in kindergarten through grade 2 can view attendance records and report cards. You can also request a notification by email if your child’s attendance or grades drop to a specific threshold. Learn more at http://archive.austinisd.org/academics/parentconnection/
- If you have any questions or would like additional information about ParentConnection, please contact the ParentConnection Facilitator at your child's school. For technical assistance with Austin ISD ParentConnection, parents may contact Student Systems Support at 512-414-9187, Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is no cost for Parent Connection service.
There are so many ways you can stay in the loop about the latest news in Austin ISD.
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