AUSTIN, Texas—A new elementary school in East Austin that will have access to some of the most innovative teaching resources at The University of Texas at Austin will celebrate its success Monday (Aug. 18) in having filled every available seat for its first academic year.
The University of Texas Elementary School’s open house ceremonies will begin at 3 p.m. in its multi-purpose facility at 2200 E. 6th Street, said Ramona Treviño, who was appointed this spring as principal of the school. Students, parents, community leaders and educators from the Austin Independent School District, The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas System will be among guests at the ribbon-cutting event.
The school, which begins classes Tuesday (Aug. 19) will serve 118 students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade during its first year. Second grade will be added the following year, with another grade added each year until the school includes grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
“The teachers have been hired, the equipment and materials have arrived, construction is complete,” said Treviño. “We are now eager to meet and build relationships with our students and families. The University of Texas Elementary School is the first of its kind in the state of Texas. We are giving birth to a new concept in education and are confident it will be a great success.”
The University of Texas Elementary School operates as an open-enrollment school campus that does not discriminate in any manner on the basis of sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, or academic, artistic or athletic ability. Enrollment in the new school, limited by class size each year, is available to children living in the area east of Interstate 35, south of U.S. Highway 290, west of U.S. Highway 183 and north of State Highway 71.
Teachers will implement a variety of instructional practices that are based on scientific research in the field of education, such as reading programming based on research conducted by the Texas Center for Reading and Language Arts and the groundbreaking study of the National Center for Educational Accountability, which identifies successful math programming in high performing schools serving disadvantaged students.
For more information contact: Ramona Treviño, The University of Texas Elementary School, 512-495-9705, or Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.