Mission & Pillars


We ensure every student is college ready through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach, including academics, social and emotional development, and exposure to a wide array of extracurricular opportunities. We graduate well-rounded students — ready to excel in college and compete in the global economy.

High Expectations

We expect our students to succeed, and we’re here to motivate them to do just that. By emphasizing respect, pride, hard work and responsibility, we pave the way to graduation. Ours is a rigorous curriculum that promotes the critical thinking, problem solving, writing and technical skills necessary to pursue young dreams.

Individualized Support

Student progress is tracked throughout the year and is a key part of our program. By collecting achievement data, we’re able to make timely, informed decisions on the pace and appropriateness of learning. We accelerate learning by constructing intervention strategies for struggling students that efficiently move all students toward targeted learning goals.

Parents as Partners

We view parents as partners in their children’s education. Knowing that educational, cultural and language barriers exist, we communicate with parents in an inclusive manner that welcomes active engagement. Parents receive regular updates on their child’s progress and opportunities to participate both at home and at school.

More Classroom Time

The value of increased classroom time is manifold: More opportunities for student learning, for teacher support and individualized attention, for exposure to the world beyond home. Our longer school days and longer school year add 317 hours of classroom instruction annually as compared to traditional Austin ISD schools.

Safe and Nurturing Community

We aim to be integral to the community — from spreading our message door to door to creating a safe and stimulating learning environment. We’re uniting school and families through Family Literacy Nights, our Parent-Teacher Organization and regular Open Houses, setting the stage for generations of engaged, happy learners.

Teachers as Leaders

Studies indicate even a single top teacher can change a child’s life. * We focus on recruiting the best educators and empower them to shape curriculum and school culture. Our teachers take personal responsibility in providing the best educational experience for each and every student.

* Chetty, Friedman and Rockhoff (2011)

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