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AVID—Advancement Via Individual Determination is designed to help close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID educators use proven practices to prepare students for success in high school, college and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
CALT—Certified Academic Language Therapist training program prepares a teacher to become a highly trained dyslexia interventionist. CALT training is a two-year comprehensive dyslexia therapist preparation program designed for teachers of students with dyslexia. The CALT program incorporates academic instruction, supervised teaching, and clinical training for the delivery of high quality dyslexia intervention.
Career Launch—This unique model includes grades 9-14, delivering a six-year, career-focused program providing students with real world work experience through internships in fields connected to their classroom studies. Students who successfully complete the six-year program will graduate with:
- A high school diploma
- An associate degree
- A Career and Technical Education endorsement
- Relevant industry certifications
- Practical workplace experience
Austin Independent School District is working in partnership with Austin Community College and Dell to offer 'Careers in Technology' as part of its Career Launch program at Reagan Early College High School and Austin Independent School District is working in partnership with Austin Community College and Seton Healthcare to offer 'Careers in Health Sciences' as part of its Career Launch program at LBJ Early College High School.
Creative Learning Initiative—Currently being implemented in 5 vertical teams, the Creative Learning Initiative is a collaborative effort between Austin ISD, MINDPOP, the City of Austin, and community arts partners to create arts-rich schools for every student in Austin ISD. The initiative provides specialized curriculum and professional development for educators on how, when, and why to integrate arts-based instruction strategies into core content areas; campus-wide coaching and planning throughout the year; classroom specialists to provide dance and theatre instruction for elementary students; and connections to community artists to encourage arts-based learning both in and out of school.
Dual Language: Middle School—The goals of a dual language program are for students to excel academically while becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. Our middle school programs offer students at least two content courses taught in Spanish each year, including Spanish for Spanish Speakers and a core content class (science, social studies, or math). The program is intended for students who participated in elementary dual language and for native Spanish speakers new to the district.
Dual Language: One-Way Spanish—One-Way Dual Language is a Spanish dual language program that includes instruction in both English and Spanish to help students excel academically while becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. A one-way program is intended for native Spanish speakers.
Dual Language: Two-Way Spanish—Two-Way Dual Language is a Spanish dual language program that includes instruction in both English and Spanish to help students excel academically while becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. A two-way program is intended for both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers.
Dual Language: Two-Way Vietnamese—Two-Way Vietnamese is a Vietnamese dual language program that includes instruction in both English and Vietnamese to help students excel academically while becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. A two-way program is intended for both native Vietnamese speakers and native English speakers.
Early College High School Program—The ECHS Program offers students the opportunity to graduate simultaneously with a diploma in one hand and an associate degree in the other—for free. Through a partnership with Austin Community College, students have the opportunity to enroll in college-level classes. In addition to earning college credit and preparing for future professions, students save thousands of dollars in college costs.
Early College Prep Middle School—Early College Prep prepares students for academic challenges of college through rigorous academic coursework and high school credit classes in a supportive, college-focused environment. Students are exposed to information about various colleges, and they explore the admissions and financial aid processes. These schools feed into an Early College High School, and students are prepared to successfully take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment at the end of the 8th grade to determine their level of readiness for college-level coursework.
Elementary Foreign Language Immersion—The Foreign Language Immersion program supports primarily English-dominant students to become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate. Half of the school day—language arts and social studies—is taught in English and the other half—math and science—is taught in the partner language.
Fine Arts Academy—Fine Arts Academies offer a rigorous, high-quality, and unique educational opportunity for students interested in pursuing an accelerated arts curriculum beyond the sequential Band, Choir, Dance, Guitar, Orchestra, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Elementary Music and Art offered at every Austin ISD campus. Participation in the arts builds many types of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. The arts maximize critical thinking skills, creativity and are essential for the development of the whole child.
IB/MYP—The International Baccalaureate program is a challenging framework for middle school (under the Middle Years Program, or MYP) and high school students that encourages making practical connections between their studies and the real world. In earning an IB diploma, students are automatically granted a minimum of 24 hours of college credit at any Texas public university; IB scores are recognized for college credit or admission by all post-secondary institutions.
Magnets—Magnets offer a theme-based curriculum for students who are interested in specific subjects because of their talents, skills or career path. Teachers receive specialized training aligned to the school's thematic focus, and strong community partnerships support the relevance of the theme with a real-world view. Magnet schools seek to recruit and draw an ethnically diverse student body from throughout the city.
Montessori—The Montessori method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. Multi-age groupings are the hallmark of the program in which younger children learn from older children. The program focuses on the whole child, facilitating students through Montessori instructional materials that are based on the principles of Montessori education. Children work collaboratively using problem-solving skills and social skills, fostering brain development through the work with their senses.
Children organize their thinking through work with Montessori learning materials under the supervision of trained Montessori teachers. Currently offered at Winn Elementary School to students in Pre-K3 through kindergarten, the rigorous Montessori program aligns to the Texas State Prekindergarten Guidelines and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
JROTC—The Junior Reserves Officers Training Corp is a four-year program co-sponsored by Austin ISD and the U.S. Air Force and Navy. The program provides students the opportunity to become informed and responsible citizens, develop leadership and self-discipline skills, and become involved in their school and community. There is no military obligation associated with or incurred by participating in the program.
SEL—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. These skills include recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.
Single-gender schools—Single-gender schools are made up of students who are all the same gender. All-female or all-male campuses are considered single-gender schools. Austin ISD has three single-gender schools: Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy, and Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy.
STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering, and math delivered through problem-based learning experiences. Schools have active partnerships with community and/or local businesses to extend learning beyond the classroom. The curriculum encourages problem-solving and independent critical-thinking skills through exploration and hands-on activities. In high school, students can earn a STEM endorsement