School Priority Month: AISD Hosts Elected Officials Tour, Highlights Key Programs

Austin ISD will host its first elected official tour Oct. 26 in recognition of School Priority Month. Elected officials representing the district will join the AISD Board of Trustees to visit key programs at three campuses included in the district's legislative priorities.

The School Priority Month tour will highlight the district's Pre-K program, mental health services, the career launch program and a dedicated career training campus.


8:35-9:55 a.m. - Barbara Jordan Elementary School, 6711 Johnny Morris Road

  • Pre-K in AISD: The district provides both free and tuition-based Pre-K for 3-and 4-year-old students. Early childhood education, including full-day Pre-K, provides students with a strong foundation for academic excellence.
  • Vida Clinic Mental Health Centers: Visitors will also see the campus' Vida Clinic, which provides free mental health services to students, staff and families in the community. AISD received a $4.5 million grant in 2017 through the Victims of Crime Act and Gov. Greg Abbott to open at 22 elementary schools. The district recently received a continuation of the grant to provide services for the next two years.

10:05-11 a.m. - Reagan Early College High School, 7104 Berkman Drive

  • Career Launch: The Career Launch programs at LBJ and Reagan early college high schools began during the 2017-18 school year in an effort to provide students with a seamless six-year career training program in partnership with Austin Community College. The health science program, in partnership with ACC and Seton Healthcare, is hosted at LBJ. The information technologies program, in partnership with ACC and Dell Technologies, is hosted at Reagan. Under the plans, students can graduate with an associate degree and a high school diploma in four years before going on to earn a bachelor's degree. Crockett Early College High School opened its construction trade Career Launch program this year.

11:15-12:45 - Clifton Career Development School, 1519 Coronado Hill Drive

  • Clifton Career Training: Clifton serves students who receive special education services as they embark on careers by earning on-the-job training and professional certifications. The tour will visit a variety of classes, including agriculture and mechanics, child care, hospitality, health science and horticulture. The campus' culinary program will provide the visitors' lunch at noon. The culinary program hosts a community lunch each Friday for $6.