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Public School Districts in and Around Austin

published on April 13, 2012

Austin residents have a wide selection of schools for children, both in the public and the private sector. Home buying decisions should take into account what school district parents wish for their children, as some Austin addresses fall into a zone of neighboring districts. For example, Milwood residents might attend Round Rock schools, and Steiner Ranch residents might attend Leander schools. A Regent Property Group real estate agent can help determine the school zoning for each neighborhood. Below is information on school districts in and around Austin:

Austin Independent School District (AISD)

AISD is a diverse, urban district that is making great progress in student academic achievement. The fifth largest school district in Texas, AISD serves approximately 86,000 students at 124 schools. Schools in the district are almost as unique as the students themselves, with campuses like the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders close to the Village at Western Oaks neighborhood, and the Liberal Arts and Science Academy high school. Austin students taking the SAT college entrance exam in 2010 exceeded both state and national overall average scores for the fourth year in a row. AISD students outscored their counterparts in the state and nation in Math, and in the state, in both Verbal and Writing scores. Six AISD high schools were among Newsweek’s 2010 “America’s Best High Schools.”

Eanes Independent School District (EISD)

The Eanes community is vitally committed to educational excellence that prepares and inspires all students for life-long success by engaging every student in rigorous academic experiences and enriching opportunities. Eanes ISD serves approximately 7,700 students at nine schools. In ratings released in August of 2011, the District and eight Eanes schools were named Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Eanes students score well above the state average on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. Also, students’ scores on the SAT and ACT consistently exceed the state and national averages. Seven of the nine campuses have been recognized as U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools, including Eanes Elementary, honored in 2005. Eanes ISD’s boundaries include parts of Austin, as well as the municipalities of Rollingwood and West Lake Hills. The school district is one of the major focuses of the area, and the schools enjoy strong patron support.

Leander Independent School District (LISD)

LISD, a TEA Recognized district, is a place where care and concern for every student, parent and partnership is at the heart of everything the district does. The guiding documents — the Learning Model, 10 Ethical Principles, and the Graduate Profile — are the foundation of who the district is and ensures they maintain a great learning environment for all students. LISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state, educating more than 32,000 students at its 37 campuses. The district encompasses more than 200 square miles. LISD students create balanced four-year plans that include the best of both academic and career and technical education classes, which introduce them to technical careers as well as provide skills for future employment.

Pflugerville Independent School District (PISD)

Founded in 1902, Pflugerville ISD is a fast growing district located in Northeast Travis County. The District encompasses approximately 95 square miles and includes all or part of six municipalities including Pflugerville, Austin, Coupland, Hutto, Manor, and Round Rock. It serves approximately 23,000 students in 18 elementary schools, five middle schools, three traditional high schools and two alternative schools. PISD is preparing “Each Child for Their Future in Our World.” These phrases illustrate the District’s commitment to provide every student with quality educational experiences which will prepare them to be productive members of the global community. Even as the District grows and the demographics change towards that of an urban district, PISD has maintained a small-town feel with a focus on supportive relationships. The District is widely recognized as a destination for families who are seeking a family-oriented community in which to raise children and a place where their children can receive a quality education that will prepare them for the future.

Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD)

RRISD is located in southern Williamson County and northwest Travis County and includes the City of Round Rock and portions of Austin and Cedar Park. The area covers 110 square miles encompassing high tech manufacturing and urban retail centers, suburban neighborhoods, and farm and ranch land. Roughly 45,000 students attend the district’s five high schools, ten middle schools, 32 elementary schools, and two alternative learning centers. During the past five years, the number of students has increased by nearly 15%, and enrollment continues to grow by more than 1,200 students per year. The average student-teacher ratio for RRISD is 15. The annual dropout rate for students in grades 7 – 12 is 1.1% and more than 77% of the district’s graduating seniors take the SAT and ACT college entrance exams, scoring well above state and national averages. Forty RRISD students were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists in 2012. They will continue in the competition to receive one of 8,300 Merit Scholarship® awards, worth over $34 million, which will be offered later this year.

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