Our District by the Numbers
- 228 square miles in the center of the Austin-Round Rock MSA
- 80,890 students enrolled in School Year 2019-20 (this include students that live outside of AISD boundaries, but are enrolled in AISD schools)
- 113 district-owned facilities support:
- 17 high school programs
- 18 middle school programs
- 85 elementary schools
- 10 special school programs
- 13 district-owned support facilities including:
- 5 athletic
- 1 Performing Arts Center
- 3 Bus terminals
- 4 administration and support
The Austin ISD contracts with a K-12 demographic consultant to perform demographic research and provide student population and enrollment projections. Development of the report involves the analysis and review of historic student enrollment and population trends, economic conditions, and vacant land and housing data.
Additionally, the planning team consults with the City of Austin's demographer to stay informed of population projections across the city as whole, and how they may impact AISD.
This annual 10-year report (PDF) is used by the district for long-range planning purposes including analysis of boundary changes for shifting populations, to plan for future bonds for new school construction when student enrollment increases in an area with little or no extra capacity, and to evaluate the need for school consolidations to manage significant losses in enrollment.
- In 2019/20, the Austin Independent School District experienced an enrollment increase of 764 students, the first enrollment increase since 2011/12.
- Austin ISD currently enrolls 80,890 students including students transferring into AISD from other school districts.
- The district had positive Kindergarten growth for the first time in six years.
- The district has experienced negative impacts from area charter school openings and expansions, however, those impacts appear to have slowed in 2019/20 due to fewer charter campuses opening in the region.
- Students that reside outside of the AISD boundary increased for the fourth consecutive year, and now comprises more than 3% of the total district enrollment.
- The district currently has more than 10,200 market-rate multi-family units under construction that will become available in the next one to two years and are forecasted to yield minimal students.
- Within AISD, there are 1,900 mixed-income units under construction that are forecasted to yield more students than traditional market rate luxury complexes.
- AISD added more than 3,600 apartment and condominium units in the last year, even as the district saw an increase in unit yields between 2018/19 and 2019/20, likely the result of continued single family price appreciation and affordability concerns.
- Austin ISD’s 2019/20 student population excluding out of district transfers is 78,159 students, a population growth of 636 students over 2018/19.
- AISD’s elementary school population is 40,994 students, an increase of 173 students, or 0.42% over 2018/19.
- Total elementary school population is projected to decline by 1,396 students in the next 5 years, and roughly 1,608 students in the next 10 years.
- AISD’s middle school population is currently 16, 470 students, an increase of 428 students over last year.
- The district’s middle school population is expected to decline by 2,801 middle school students in the next 5 years and more than 3,305 students in the next 10 years due to smaller class sizes moving into secondary campuses.
- AISD’s high school population is 20,695 students, an increase of 35 students over last year.
- The district’s high school population is forecasted to decline by 400 students in the next 5 years, and more than 2,710 students in the next 10 years.
- In 2020/21, AISD is projected to enroll 80,314 students, a decreased of 576 students from the current year.
- In 5 years the district may see a population decline of almost 4,600 students with a projected 2024/25 enrollment of 76,293 students.
- The Austin ISD is experiencing a declining enrollment due to competition from area charter schools, declining student yields caused by rapid increases in housing prices and increasing urbanization.
- There are 46 operating charter schools within the Austin ISD boundaries, enrolling more than 14,460 students in 2017-18.
- The average new home sale price has risen 49% since 2010 within the district, a rise of more than $130,000.
- The average existing home sale price within the district rose 71% since 2010, a rise of more than $187,000.
- Out of district transfer policy changes in the 2016-17 school year caused transfers into the district from neighboring school districts to nearly double, from roughly 750 students in 2015-16 to nearly 1,400 in 2016-17.
- Both single family and multi-family student yields within the district have delinked in recent years, as new higher prices products yield fewer school-aged children.
- In 2019-20, AISD is projected to enroll 78,839 students, a decline of almost 1,300 students from the current year. However, kindergarten population is expected to increase from the first time in 7 years and may help offset future losses in following years.
- In five years (2023-24) enrollment projected to decline to 75,236 students, a decline of almost 5,000 students.
Melissa Laursen, AICP
Director of Planning
4000 S. IH 35 Frontage, 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78704