This school is only interested in giving white students a chance to be considered for the gifted program. They do not have any interest in giving any foreigners a chance.
Honesty, integrity, and fairness begins at the top. You cannot possibly say that you consider the children to be fair when you show a bias against foreigners and their children even though they are academically gifted.
Some teachers really are strong academically and care a lot about the same kids. But I have seen where at least one was consistently late, mean to the kids, put kids in the corner etc. and she simply seems to just be there for a paycheck.
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.