Academics

About Us

The Academics Department is a teaching and learning community composed of professional teams who create curriculum, work with school communities to develop and coordinate programs, and provide vital services to students in need of additional academic supports.

Contact Information

Dr. Elisabeth Goodnow, Associate Superintendent of Academics and Social and Emotional Learning; 512-414-9662. Other contacts and departments are listed in the Austin ISD directory

Our Offices

504 Services

Section 504 Services are designed to provide a system of identifying eligible students with disabilities as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Once identified, these students are ensured access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) by providing accommodations that allow equal access to the curriculum in the general education setting. While many students who receive 504 status and services are dyslexic or have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), services are not limited to only these areas of disability. Any student with a disability that substantially limits one or more life activities may be considered for 504 services.

504 Services

Advanced Academics

Advanced academics are educational programs designed to move students with high ability at a pace appropriate to their rate of learning through studies that go beyond the age-level or grade-level expectations which include depth and complexity, provide academic acceleration, and address the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of the students.

 

AVID

The Mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students, especially those who are in the academic middle of their class will succeed in rigorous curriculum, complete a rigorous college preparatory path, enter mainstream activities of the school, increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

AVID

 

Curriculum

AISD guarantees a viable curriculum aligned with standards that promotes acquisition of knowledge and skills with a continual emphasis on student learning and performance. District curriculum is grounded in the implementation and integration of three primary initiatives: whole child (Social and Emotional Learning, Creative Learning Initiative, cultural inclusiveness, coordinated school health), literacy, and the transformative use of technology.

 

Dyslexia Services

Students with dyslexia can be served under special education or under Section 504, depending on the student’s unique needs. For more information and resources, visit the website.

Dyslexia Services

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Department provides support for the implementation of a rigorous research-based early childhood curriculum as well as develops curriculum that ensures best teaching practices and developmentally prepares students for the rigors of kindergarten and beyond.

Early Childhood

 
 

Library Media Services

The mission of Austin ISD libraries is to nurture a lifelong appreciation of reading and learning by assuring that students have opportunities for successful access, evaluation and use of information, technology and literature.

Library Media Services

Multilingual Education

Austin ISD Multilingual Education develops and administers the district's bilingual education and support programs serving approximately 23,000 English language learners. This includes support for students and families new to the United States.

Multilingual Education

 

School, Family & Community Education

The Department of School, Family & Community Education offers a variety of support services and programs that enrich the school experience; provide and connect families with vital resources; as well as build strong community partnerships to ensure the success of all students.

School, Family & Community Education

 

SEL & Whole Child

Social and Emotional Learning is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically. Coordinated School Health, creative learning strategies, social and emotional learning and culturally responsive strategies in all classrooms collaborate to develop and support the Whole Child.

Special Education

The Special Education team exists to support the Austin ISD mission of ensuring children who receive special education services are provided with access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment. Our goal is to provide students a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and participate fully in future social, economic, and educational opportunities.

Special Education

Student Services

The Office of Student Services provides families with a wide range of services, such as enrollment, attendance, transfers, student records, guardianships and transcripts.

Student Services