We had the same experience at Austin High in senior year with our dyslexic daughter. The dyslexia grapevine made us aware that typically only one 504 meeting was provided in any public high school. Many parents do know their rights and those of their students. However, it is just not useful to spend the energy to bicker with a system that has no desire to educate students that learn differently. We discovered this in elementary school when the school was unwilling to evaluate our daughter. Thus, began our reliance on a private resource system that provided the assistance our daughter needed, and assisted us in knowing our rights. Public education was not willing to provide the information. It is unfortunate that not all dyslexic students have parents that know their rights to advocate for their students. Nor do some families have the resources to provide private assistance to their students. These students are at a great disadvantage and more likely drop out of school or are unprepared for life after high school. Please help these students. They can be successful if only they receive the support they need.
This is in regards to the parent of the student with a 504. You need know your rights as a parent. The school was not in compliance with the law. You could've/should've filed due process. I'm sorry to hear about your struggle to get your child the services needed.
My student had minimal accommodations as a designated 504 student. The accommodations were, generally, followed by teachers or my student would advocate for himself. If my student struggled in any area, we sought the aid of private teachers for assistance. A re-evaluation was due in 9th grade but we had to remind the school and it was done in 10th grade. Only one 504 meeting was provided in senior year the last week of school.
Ideally, it would have been desirable if the school had a dyslexia specialist or dedicated counselor for 504 students.
I used to be a pre-ap freshman biology teacher at Westlake High School. I quit because the students simply didn't try or succeed. At Austin High I can see a huge difference in the way they've been taught. They try and accede my expectations. They listen and participate in class unlike the students I taught at Westlake. The staff at Westlake was cold and didn't seem to care about the students success and how they were doing. I would not recommend going to Westlake. I've been loving Austin High School, and would highly recommend it for anymore willing to work hard and try hard. Go maroons!
This school is a long standing high school with wonderful student diversity. Yet, it could benefit from more rigorous standards that motivate students at all levels. At one end of the spectrum grad rates are low for a 5A school, at the other end there are few national merit finalists in each grad class. Extracurricular activities are not incredibly strong. Theater is quite strong. Music related groups are weak but some improve. Band is not an inclusive group. Athletics is a brighter spot as it attempts to reach out to a variety of students. The new AD strives to hold all students to the same standards and to make the students feel included in the teams in which they participate.
Austin High is rich in tradition and has excellent teachers. Student body is diverse. Theater Department recently won state UIL competition.
I am currently a sophomore at Austin High School, and I definitely disagree with some of the reviews on this website. I have had a great experience at AHS over the past year that I have been attending this school. The population is diverse, so everyone can find people they have things in common with and get along with. I have taken all pre-AP core classes, and have had great teachers for all of them. I always feel as though I learn something every day, whether it is from a textbook or a casual conversation with a teacher. The extra-curriculars are amazing! The theatre program is the UIL state champs, the football team has won both of the games they've played this year, and the band is talented! If you are thinking about coming to AHS, DO IT! It is a good school if you are willing to do your best!
I attended AHS for all four years of high school. I got a great education there and was well prepared for college. The teachers care about their students and will help you succeed. While my TAAS/TAKS scores were never the highest, I did graduate with a 3.8 GPA, so don't let the test scores fool you. There are many great extracurriculars, many of which I participated in. Over all this school is excellent and a great choice for students.
Austin High School has had a great year so far, ever since Dr. Calzada kicked in. More school spirit, and the first day of school wasn't so lousy like all the other years.
The longest continually operating high school in Texas is going to be this year's comeback kid. Dr. C and his team started of the school year on a very high note the first day lacked the mob mentality pranks that became acceptible. Two way respect is expected from the staff. Walking the hall it is very evident that students, parents and teachers have a renewed sense of school pride and it shows.
An EXCELLENT school. The teachers are always willing to help struggling students, even if it means staying after or coming in early. They are so passionate about what they teach it makes learning way more interesting and fun. The AP courses are difficult, but definitely prepared me for college. The teacher challenged us and pushed each and every one of us to do our best. I am so glad to have been a part of the Austin High community.
I was in austin high school, I am a legal resident my family moved to usa when I was 13 years of age, I found this school to extremely difficult to learn. And that teachers were DID NOT care at all.
The teachers at Austin High School are very dedicated, excellent teachers. They've inspired my son to do good work, and set good examples. They promote excellence in every way. School spirit isn't as high as it could be, and there will be a new principal next year.
Austin High School prepares students very well for college courses. The teachers, coaches, and directors work together to allow students to participate in multiple and diverse activities. The English department is particularly excellent. It's like most school environments- you get what you want out of it. If you aren't getting anything out of it, you aren't trying very hard.
Austin high is very challenging, and most teachers are unhelpful. The new principal is turning it into a prison and only making things worse with unnecessary, confusing rules. There are few if any exceptional teachers. I would really like to get out of this school.
I am a graduate of Austin High and I don't agree with any of the comments below. SFA is a great school! There are many passionate teachers who really care about their students and challenge them, especially at the honors and advanced placement levels. The school is in a unique location, right on Town Lake in the center of the city, and kids from several different parts of town go there, making it a very diverse atmosphere. SFA's motto is 'Everybody is Somebody at Austin High' and if you don't feel a part of something there, you aren't getting involved enough! I participated in marching band, softball, student council and the literary journal. There are club sports like lacrosse at SFA that not all area schools offer, and the Texas rowing center is right across the street on the lake. SFA also has school spirit and traditions that rival Texas A&M!
Austin high school is alright. You have a typical 8 classes each day. School spirit is somewhat alright. The classes are challenging and you have your occasional bad teachers.
Austin High is a great school. You wouldnt think it but Austin High is pretty conservative, thats what we like.
My son (04) and daughter (01) graduated from AHS and have excelled in college built from a solid foundation found among AHS teachers, courses, activities. However, it is the current leadership of the principal and her staff along with fine parent involvement that has placed the school among the top high schools in Austin. The diversity of the students provides a value add that isn't found in other schools.
This shchool is so bad it don't even make any sense. It's to many fights ( blacks against whites.) Drug busts every week. Totally unorganized. -Mary Cowford
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