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Austin Independent School District

Austin Independent School District
1111 W 6th St.
Austin, TX

ESC Region 13[1]
District information
Type Independent school district
Grades Pre-K through 12
Established 1881[2]
Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz[3]
Budget $1,053,173,599 (2014–15)[4]
Students and staff
Students 84,591 (2014–15)[4]
Teachers 6,369 (2014–15)[4]
Staff 5,684 (2014–15)[4]
Athletic conference District 26 4A,
District 25 5A [5]
Other information
TEA District Accountability Rating for 2011-12 Academically Acceptable[6]
Website Austin ISD

Austin Independent School District is a school district based in the city of Austin, Texas, United States. Established in 1881,[2] the district serves most of the City of Austin, the City of Sunset Valley, the Village of San Leanna, and unincorporated areas in Travis County (including Manchaca). The district operates 129 schools including 84 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, and 16 high schools.

Academic achievement

In 2011, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[6] Forty-nine percent of districts in Texas in 2011 received the same rating.[7] No state accountability ratings will be given to districts in 2012.[8] A school district in Texas can receive one of four possible rankings from the Texas Education Agency: Exemplary (the highest possible ranking), Recognized, Academically Acceptable, and Academically Unacceptable (the lowest possible ranking).

Historical district TEA accountability ratings[6]

  • 2011: Academically Acceptable
  • 2010: Academically Acceptable
  • 2009: Academically Acceptable
  • 2008: Academically Acceptable
  • 2007: Academically Acceptable
  • 2006: Academically Acceptable
  • 2005: Academically Acceptable
  • 2004: Academically Acceptable


Like other Texas public school districts, AISD is funded through a combination of local property taxes, general state revenues (such as occupation taxes, Texas Lottery profits, and returns from the Permanent School Fund), and federal education funds.[9] The district also funds some facilities construction and improvements through the issuance of debt by bond elections; AISD's most recent bond election was in 2013.[10]

Austin Public Education Foundation (APEF)

Established over 20 years ago the Austin Public Education Foundation (APEF) raises funds to support broad school district initiatives. They primarily rasies funds through Grant applications, Corporate solicitations, and the Charitable giving campaign of school district employees.[11]


On April 14, 2014, superintendent Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen announced that she was resigning to become the superintendent of [12] On January 26, 2015, Dr. Paul Cruz was promoted from interim to full superintendent.[13]

List of Superintendents

  • John B. Winn - 1881–1894
  • Prof. Thomas Green Harris - 1895–1903
  • Arthur N. McCallum, Sr. - 1903–1942
  • Dr. Russell Lewis - 1942–1947
  • Dr. J.W. Edgar - 1947–1950
  • Dr. Irby B. Carruth - 1950–1970
  • Dr. Jack L. Davidson - 1970–1980
  • Dr. John Ellis - 1980–1990
  • Dr. Gonzalo Garza (Interim) - 1990–1991
  • Dr. Jim B. Hensley - 1991–1992
  • Dr. Terry N. Bishop (Interim) - 1993–1994
  • Dr. James Fox, Jr. - 1995–1998
  • A.C. Gonzalez (Interim) - 1998–1999
  • Dr. Pascal D. Forgione, Jr. - 1999–2009
  • Dr. Meria Carstarphen - 2009–2014
  • Dr. Paul Cruz - 2014–Present

High schools

The following high schools cover grades 9 to 12, unless otherwise noted.

Zoned high schools
Unzoned high schools

Middle schools

Zoned middle schools
Unzoned middle schools
The Magnet accepts students from across AISD on a basis of academic record and provides them with a more advanced program. The Magnet is not housed separately from Kealing's comprehensive program, but provides different classes to its students.

Elementary schools

Athletic Facilities

Delco Activity Center


See also


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  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982–1983 Through 1999–2002 (PDF)
  15. ^ a b Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc

Further reading

  • McGee, Kate. "Black Students Are Eight Percent of AISD – and Nearly One-Fourth of Suspensions" (Archive). KUT. Monday May 19, 2014.
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