Pre-K and Kinder registrations spike for the 2022-23 school year (En español)

In another sign that the pandemic is waning, registrations for Austin ISD pre-K and kindergarten have already doubled what they were last spring. Why it matters: The district saw the largest decrease in enrollment among pre-K and kindergarten through the…


Austin ISD Teacher Helps Student From Choking

A teacher's job description has a wide range of duties; however, it's not every day that you have to save the life of one of your students. Barbara Jordan Elementary School 5th grade teacher Jose Rodriguez had to act quickly to save the life of one of his…


2022 Teachers of the Year Finalists Revealed

On Thursday, two elementary teachers at Perez and Ortega and two secondary teachers at Clifton Career Development School and at Lively Middle School found out they were finalists for Austin ISD Teacher of the Year (TOY). 

Middle schoolers get a peek of early college

Most kids don’t make their college decisions until their senior years. Austin ISD eighth graders, though, are getting to choose colleges when they pick their high schools in what’s called the Early College High School program.  

Students invited to learn sustainability through Minecraft

Austin ISD and the Minecraft: Education Edition’s Net Zero Challenge kicks off on Monday and all third through 12th-grade students are invited to participate.

Recapture from Austin ISD to Reach Nearly $800 Million in 2022–23 (En español)

Austin ISD, which already sends the most local property tax dollars to the state by a wide margin, is projecting a $37.3 million increase—to $798.6 million in the 2022–23 school year.

Austin ISD invites students to take the stage this summer (En español)

Students of all experience levels are welcome to shine on stage during the free Summer Theatre Series program. Current fifth through 12th graders in Austin ISD are invited to try out for the program’s seventh consecutive season. The program will start June 6…

Trustees approve Third Future Schools to turn around Mendez Middle School

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees has approved Third Future Schools to turn Mendez Middle School’s academic performance around as part of what’s called an 1882 partnership. Why it matters: Mendez has been rated as an “F” school by the Texas Education Agency…

The truth behind community circles/La verdad detrás de los círculos comunitarios

It’s Pride Week in Austin ISD—a week dedicated to inclusion and celebration of our LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and community members. 

Elliot Ma

Bear Creek Student Finalist in National Creators Competition

Elliot Ma loves to code, and he wants to spread that love to his fellow students. “I started coding when I was in Kindergarten,” he said. “I just did it and kind of fell in love with it.” Ma, a fourth grade Bear Creek Elementary student, started a YouTube…

A message from Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde

Austin ISD Pride Week— March 21-26—is an annual celebration of our LGBTQIA+ students, staff and families. During the week, campuses are provided with activities that support the value of the LGBTQIA+ community. Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde has…

IB and Fine Arts are here to stay/El IB y las Bellas Artes vinieron para quedarse

We’re back with another mythbuster. The latest rumor is focused on how successful fine arts and international baccalaureate programs may be on the chopping block because of a new middle school currently under construction. As a reminder, here’s how it works…