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Schools in Austin’s suburbs: an overview

The presence of good schools is one of the most important factors in choosing a neighborhood. Greater Austin residents are in luck as the region has no shortage of top-performing schools.

Here’s a sampling of the schools with high teaching standards, excellent athletic programs, and a wide range of extracurricular activities in the area.

Elementary Schools

  • Rooster Springs Elementary
    1001 Belterra Drive
    (512) 465-6200


    The school, which teaches Pre-K to fifth grade students, is known for its strong academic foundation and teaching core. It also promotes exciting and engaging extracurricular activities for students and is
    part of the Dripping Springs Independent School District.
  • Travis Heights Elementary
    2010 Alameda Drive
    (512) 414-4495


    This is the first in-district charter school in the Austin Independent School District. It is anchored on a blended learning model that supports community service and the use of a dual language system. Technology is integrated in every subject. Learning modules allow students to develop skills they can apply in real-life settings.
  • Casis Elementary
    2010 Alameda Drive
    (512) 414-4495


    This model learning school accepts kindergarten to fifth grade students and has consistently received an exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency. Students also enjoy a vibrant academic life with various extracurricular activities that develop their talents and personality.
  • Clayton Elementary School
    7525 LaCrosse Avenue
    (512) 841-9200


    Parents have reported that they are happy about the school’s special needs program. They praise the teachers and principal for the way they interact with students and provide a warm, caring learning atmosphere. The school’s community service club also has a host of projects that benefit the area.
  • KikerElementary School
    5913 La Crosse Avenue
    (512) 414-2584


    Parents report loving this school for its high teaching standards and for the principal and the staff’s professionalism. Parents play a big role here, they report that their voices area always heard when it comes to programs and activities for students.

Middle Schools

  • O. Henry Middle School
    2610 West 10th Street
    (512) 414- 3229


    Noted for its celebration of cultural diversity, the school encourages life-long learning and civic responsibility while providing a safe, nurturing environment for students. It is part of the Austin Independent School District.
  • Canyon Ridge Middle School
    12601 Country Trails Lane
    (512) 570-3500


    The school is part of the award-winning Leander Independent School District. It offers excellent academic programs and extracurricular activities. Most parents commend the band program for being the best extra-curricular activity in the school.
  • Fulmore Middle School
    201 E Mary Street
    (512) 414-3207


    This award-winning school under the Austin Independent School District has received numerous distinctions from the Texas Education Agency. It is the second highest-rated middle school in the district and is known for its outstanding academic programs that focus on the sciences, social studies, reading and post-secondary readiness.

High Schools

  • Vandegrift High School
    9500 McNeil Drive
    (512) 570-2300


    This school under the Leander Independent School District prides itself on its atmosphere of inclusivity and lively academic discourse. It also boasts a strong extracurricular program, especially in the fields of athletics and competitive cheering. The Texas Education Agency has rated the school “Recognized” since 2011.
  • Austin High School
    1715 West Cesar Chavez
    (512) 414 – 2505


    This 130-year-old establishment is one of the most recognized in the area. Its academic program aims to help students reach their career goals and it takes great pride in its mathematics and post-secondary readiness programs, which the Texas Education Agency conferred distinction designation status to.
  • Leander High School
    3301 S. Bagdad Road
    (512) 570-1000


    This is the first high school that served the entire Leander Independent School District. US News included it on its list of the best high schools in the country and its acclaimed fine arts program boosts the school’s solid reputation even more. Its dance teams and junior varsity team are also well known. Leander students’ outstanding performance in college admission tests has been recognized by the National Hispanic Program.