Student Academic Support Programs

Homebound Instruction

Homebound services are available to both general education and special education students based on Texas Education Agency criteria. Information is available with each campus nurse or you may contact Jaala Smith at 512-414-0184.

Pregnancy-Related Services

Pregnancy-Related Services (PRS) in Austin ISD are a combination of Support Services and Compensatory Education Home-bound Instruction (CEHI). These services are available to a pregnant student during pregnancy prenatal and postpartum periods to help her adjust academically, mentally, and physically and to remain in school. Students and parents may contact their school nurse or Jaala Smith at (512-414-0184) for more information about the program and services available.

Texas Virtual School Network

During the 80th Texas Legislative Session, Senate Bill 1788 established a state virtual school network to provide online courses for Texas students. The legislation also set forth the operational, course evaluation, and professional development requirements. Region 10 Education Service Center, in collaboration with Harris County Department of Education, operates the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) through a contract with the Texas Education Agency. It coordinates student enrollments, ensures the eligibility of virtual school providers and their courses, provides an online catalog of approved courses, and handles data reporting requirements. 

The Texas Virtual School Network first offered courses to students in Texas districts and open-enrollment charter schools beginning January 2009. The inaugural catalog offered courses for students in grades 8-12 that were reviewed to ensure 100% alignment with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, as well as, the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses. All courses offered through the TxVSN are provided by public school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, institutions of higher education, or education service centers. All high school courses are taught by an instructor who is Texas-certified and has completed TxVSN-approved professional development on effective online instruction. A cadre of providers has been identified to offer TxVSN-approved professional development so that instructors can meet this requirement. 

TxVSN provides courses to supplement the instructional programs of public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. Through regular review of student needs, schools will find that TxVSN online courses provide useful instructional options for students. Only full-time students may enroll through TxVSN for a maximum of two courses per semester. For additional information, visit the website at www.txvsn,org, or call TxVSN at 1-866-938-9876. You may also contact your school counselor, or call AISD’s Virtual School office at 414-0148.

Virtual School Program

What Is Virtual School?

  • A nontraditional home-based diploma program

  • Available to high school juniors and seniors living within Austin ISD boundaries
  • Self-paced instructional program for students who have dropped out of school due to extenuating circumstances
  • Open-entry / exit program
  • Students have access to the assignments 24 hours a day via an AISD loaned laptop 

Requirements for Virtual School

  • Dedicated commitment
  • Self-motivated to complete assignments without the daily presence ofan instructor
  • Be available to meet in person with an instructor five hours per week
  • Have Internet access
  • Stable address 

Anyone can refer a student to the program. See the high school counselor to get your academic prescription based upon requirements for graduation. 

Courses

Credit earned through VETP will be recorded on the transcript as non-weighted course and factored in GPA calculations according to EIA (REGULATION).

  • Algebra I - II
  • Geometry
  • Math Modeling
  • English I - IV
  • Economics
  • Government
  • World History
  • US History
  • World Geography
  • Communication Applications
  • Reading
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Biology
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Astronomy
  • Environmental Systems
  • Spanish I 

Interested in The Virtual School Program? You must contact your campus counselor to obtain a course prescription and complete an application.You will be contacted for an appointment by a member of the Virtual School Staff.

For further information about admission into the Virtual School Program please contact the Virtual School Office at 512-414-0148.

Virtual Education for Teen Parents Program

What Is Virtual Education for Teen Parents Program (VETP)?
The Virtual Education for Teen Parents Program is a non­traditional home-based academic program available to high school students of the Austin Independent School District (AISD). It is a diploma program designed for students who are at risk of dropping out of school because of child care related issues which keeps them from attending a traditional high school.

Requirements for VETP
Being in the Virtual School Program requires a dedicated commitment. Students must be self-motivated to complete assignments without the daily presence of an instructor. This program is meant to be a temporary placement for teen parents.

The goal of the VETP Program is to provide learning opportunities through an individualized, self-paced instructional program for Austin ISD teen parents who are unable to participate in a traditional classroom setting due to a lack of child-care. Students enrolled in this program must be actively seeking day-care so that they are able to return to campu.

Each prospective VETP Student must:

  • Be an AISD student
  • Be available to meet with a teacher five hours per week
  • Have internet access
  • Return to school once day-care is available at the student’s home campus

VETP Application

Courses
Credit earned through VETP will be recorded on the transcript as a non-weighted course and factored in GPA calculations according to EIA (REGULATION). 

Courses available are:

  • Algebra I - II
  • Geometry
  • Math Modeling
  • English I - IV
  • Economics
  • Government
  • World History
  • US History
  • World Geography
  • Communication Applications
  • Reading
  • Health
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Music Appreciation
  • Physics
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Biology
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Astronomy
  • Environmental Systems
  • Personal Fitness
  • Spanish I

VETP is an open-entry / exit program. Students apply for admission to the program. Before a student is accepted, an academic plan is developed based on the student's need and requirements for graduation.

Approximately 95 percent of the assigned coursework is completed via the Internet. VSP students typically spend two-to-four hours a day on an Internet-ready laptop computer loaned to them by AISD. Students have access to the assignments 24 hours a day.

If you have questions regarding admission in the VETP Program, please call the Virtual Education office at 512-414-0148.

Interested in Virtual Education for Teen Parents Program? You must obtain a course prescription from your campus counselor, complete the application and fax both to 512-414-0393.

Enrollment into the VETP is free for students living within AISD boundaries.