AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas Elementary School in east Austin will begin its third year of operation Thursday, Aug. 11, with the addition of a third grade and three new classrooms.
Principal Ramona Treviño said the charter school at 2200 E. 6th Street is on schedule with a plan to add one grade each year until there are five grades. The school has access to some of the most innovative teaching resources at The University of Texas at Austin.
The school opened in 2003 with six classroom teachers and 120 students. This year there will be 10 classroom teachers, plus some part-time specialty and support teachers for the 180 students.
“The home of the Little Longhorns will be adding a third grade and two additional teachers, as well as three brightly painted modular buildings,” Treviño said.
She said the school has an extended school calendar of one week and an additional 30 minutes per day, as well as a full comprehensive curriculum that includes enrichment classes such as Spanish language, character education, technology and fine arts instruction.
On the first day of school, students wearing uniforms of burnt orange and white will be greeted by the university’s mascot, “Hook ’Em.”
“With the third graders taking the state assessment, TAKS, for the first time, the ‘Eyes of Texas’ are truly upon them,” said Treviño. “A focus this school year will be implementation of a new cultural diversity curriculum written by teachers and university staff, as well community-wide health and nutrition efforts to include weekly health instruction by a specialist, a school-wide health festival and neighborhood fun run.”
The University of Texas Elementary School operates as an open-enrollment school campus. Enrollment is limited by class size each year and is available to children living in zip codes 78702, 78721, 78722, 78723 and 78741.
For more information contact: Ramona Treviño, University of Texas Elementary School, 512-495-9705, or Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.