We have had a very negative experience at Austin. The education is good and some of the teachers are wonderful. However, we have also had teachers who do not seem to care and do not take the time to get to know their students. The school also completely lacks a sense of community and is not willing to volunteer information. You have to know which questions to ask, but that is very hard for a newcomer. Overall, we really regret buying in the Austin district.
Austin has been a great place for my child to learn and grow academically and socially. Every teacher from PreK to current 2nd grade has done a wonderful job teaching my child and communicating well with me as a parent. Overall, there are very caring and experienced teachers at Austin that do a great job as educators. The administration is top notch. The parent support is outstanding in terms of supporting volunteer efforts through time and donations. The combination of teachers, administration, staff, and parents make Austin super special for the students.
I've been asked why my child isn't in a private school. My answer is, "why would I do that when I have an amazing public school like Austin right here?"
The 5th grade teachers are absolutely wonderful. They are focused on helping the kids not only learn the information they need to be successful, but they are helping to develop the skills they will need to be more self sufficient in middle school. They are great at communication and the kids love their calm yet no nonsense manner.
Feel my children have had at a great experience at Austin. If I have concerns I feel comfortable speaking to the teacher about them. My kids do well on exams so I know they have been given the appropriate amount of instruction to help them to be successful. The families are great and the overall parent involvement makes you feel comfortable helping out at the school whenever needed.
Think twice before u select this school for your child. staff is very rude and impolite. They welcome according to race only. So If you are not an American Think twice before choose this school. Your kids will be welcome and get more chances if you are able to donate fundraisers, and more money, it doesn't matter if child is talented, only thing that Austin needs is your money. My child's homeroom teacher was so rude from the very beginning and wasn't even a little bit helpful. She was always discouraging my child by yelling at my child in front of the class. But for a American child who came after my child teacher was so kind and helpful. This is the most bad school I ever experienced.
If your child has a learning difference but does not meet criteria for an IEP, this school is awful. Awful. The county psychologist (representing Austin) and upper administration's response to my child's independent testing were stunningly disrespectful and rude. Hire an educational advocate to navigate this school if your child has learning differences.
Worst school for Pre K kids! The teachers are cold and rude to parent's queries. Won't even bother to reply on emails and will not try to comfort the kids if they are crying. They are busy doing their paper work while the kids are arriving in morning and expect them to stop crying and settle on their own. They are happy with only those kids who do not bother them much!!
My child's 3rd grade teacher told me that she was sorry that my child reads on a 1st grade level, eventhough my child is in the 3rd grade and that she knows that I must be really disappointed about that. As a homeroom teacher, she could not could only write about how nice my child is. I find it hard to believe that she has no knowledge of my child's academics, because we have had conferences about my child's academic performance. The prinicipal is never there. She is very good at acting like she does not understand. Her favorite phrase is,"I did not know, sorry"(very nonchalantly). That to me speaks to a person's willingness to be held acccountable. If you are a leader, lead. It is hard to hear her say things like I am just a principal. I am responsible for the student body as a whole, and not necessarily a student individually. I am just here to make sure the teachers are in place, but I let the teachers do things their way. Talk about being absent. If there is not accountability...then people are left to do what they want to do. If a student is of Indian descent or any other ethnicity, Good Luck with getting on the discovery team.