by staff writer
on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 10:30am.
With graduation rates at an all-time high and its high schools recognized as some of the best in central Texas, South Austin is a prized neighborhood for families seeking a well-rounded education for their children.
Highly rated Austin Independent School District (AISD)
South Austin is currently served by 13 schools, including two high schools, two middle schools, and nine elementary schools. These all fall within the highly rated Austin Independent School District (AISD).
The AISD is recognized state-wide as a model for urban public education. In 2015, 111 of the 130 schools that fall under the auspices of the AISD were awarded the highest "met standards" ranking by the Texas Education Agency.
The district also received the maximum number of standard distinctions in Texas, and has the most National Board-certified teachers in the state.
Coupled with academic excellence, the AISD is strongly committed to the development of the whole child. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is now an integrated part of its education philosophy.
Leading South Austin Schools
Akins High School
Akins High School boasts a graduation rate that's well above the state average. It was ranked one of the top 40 high schools in central Texas by Austin Monthly, and both US News and World Report identified it as one of the best schools in the nation.
Akins High School is also known for its highly successful marching band, which has reached the state finals competition on more than one occasion, and boasts a bronze star award school newspaper.
Crockett High School
Established in 1968, Crockett High School is renowned for its diverse programs and dedicated teachers.
It offers career, entrepreneurship, and technology courses, promotes emotional and social learning, and boasts award-winning extra-curricular programs such as a theater program and science club. The Crockett High School marching band was named "Best Band Ever" by Texas Monthly magazine.
The school achieved a "met standard" accountability rating in 2015, with a STAAR pass rate for all subjects of 77 percent.
Baranoff Elementary School
Baranoff Elementary School is one of the top schools in the AISD. It was awarded the highest possible score of 10 by GreatSchools.org, and met the accountability standard set by the Texas Education Agency with ease.
The school aims to deliver a quality, world-class learning experience in a supportive, safe, and enabling environment. By the looks of the 2015 STAAR passing rates, it has achieved its goal. The school delivered an average 96 percent pass rate on all subjects!
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