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Austin District Working to Curb Transfers

Austin District Working to Curb Transfers

While most schools revamp programs and student performance to attract new families, East Austin schools are strengthening their schools to keep students from transferring.

The Austin school district plans to align curriculum at the elementary and middle schools that feed into the same high schools in an effort to keep students from moving out of neighborhood schools. Highland Park Elementary is redesigning student learning by encouraging students to act out scenes from history, math and science and other subjects. By enhancing its arts education, students from the elementary will be better prepared for McCallum High School, home to the district’s Fine Arts Academy.

Similarly, a pre-college preparatory program at Pearce Middle School was created to align to Austin Early College High School programs at Reagan and LBJ High Schools.

Despite the budget shortfall, Austin district hopes to have all schools aligned to improve the overall student performance.

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Photo Courtesy: Laura Skelding /AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Pictured: From left, students Jordan Mendelson, Katie Peele and Angus Christian use drama-based strategies to study history in Sally Hunter’s class at Highland Park Elementary, which feeds into McCallum High School and the Fine Arts Academy.