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PK-5
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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 533
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2010 Alameda Drive
Austin, TX 78704

(512) 414-4495
(512) 442-9537
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August 20, 2014
My child has been at Travis Heights and in Special Education for a few years. There is a partially new staff in SPED this year and I have met them. They seem vibrant, engaged and ready for the challenge with fresh ideas and a positive attitude. The district itself clearly struggles with how to best serve our most vulnerable kids. We have been at others schools in AISD, but we have found the principal at Travis Heights to always be approachable, responsive and willing to dig in deep to make sure the instructional experience is appropriate. Even so far as to push on the district to get needed or unique resources on campus for our child. I'm sorry to hear one person is upset prior to even starting the school year, but raising a child with special needs can be difficult. I have always found the leadership and teachers at this school to be supportive, proactive and thoughtful about how to truly serve our child.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
I am new to the neighborhood and caught wind of the school at my little coffee shop/market from a poster that was posted in the window. I went to the website and the schools seems to be doing some pretty cutting edge stuff as far as a public school goes.

- submitted by a community member
July 28, 2014
Was excited about this school until I just learned that a new SPED teacher has been hired (who is also their new "head" of their SPED dept on campus) is an unqualified 2 year "teacher" who has ONLY been a co-teacher for her first 2 years of teaching at another failing AISD campus (that is being "restructured" this year)! How can this person be qualified? To add insult to injury, she isn't even fully certified (only has SPED certification and no general ed certification). How can someone like this get hired to be in charge of some of the most vulnerable students in the district? Very disappointing! We will be changing schools immediately as I will NOT risk my child's education on the whims of someone as un-proven and unqualified as this. Not acceptable!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Travis Heights Elementary. I think that Travis Heights is a wonderful school. The new charter will give we as parents more of a say as to how our children are being educated. Ms Robertson is wonderful. I like the morning exercise, the music, Korean activities, I work as a math mentor at the school. It has been one of the most rewarding things that Ive done! I am looking forward to my younger sone to begin school at Travis Heights.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2012
Travis Heights Elementary School provides the outstanding level of education and careness. This is an excelent school. Love it

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2012
Excellent teachers and course works!! I am so proud of having my kids attending at Travis Heights school due to sincerely treating kids, various education programs and very supportive faculties. Especially, I love they have multicultural education programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
Last year my son started school here at Travis Heights. I absolutely fell in love with his kindergarten teacher, Ms. Mrowca. She was loving and encouraging as well as structured and firm when needed. She had some very difficult students in her class and worked very hard to both be firm with them and to find things to encourage in them. She was very open to talking with the parents and very understanding when I discovered some visual problems my son was having. She was always enthusiastic about helping to make the classroom a good space for him to learn. Really, all of the kindergarten teachers are great! Now that my son is in first grade, he is in the dual language program. I have enjoyed that Spanish is a challenge to him as most everything else comes very easily to him. Not every single teacher at the school is as amazing as Ms. Mrowca, but I cannot imagine a school where that isn't the case. I have recently spoken with a parent with a child now in the magnet program at Kealing, and she felt like THES prepared her son very well, better, in fact, than some other elementary schools prepared their students. I found this quite encouraging to hear.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2011
I am thrilled with THES' Dual-Language Program. My daughter's Kinder teachers are both native speakers from Chile. Aside from providing my child with constant exposure to Spanish (she has Science in Spanish daily and Mon and Wed/alternate Fridays are Spanish days), they are remarkable instructors who respond with a great balance of humor, nurturance, and structure. I initially was concerned with the amount of (or lack of) outdoor time (i.e., recess). But being involved in the school community, I see that the children are moving a lot throughout the day (learning with music through stand-up choreographed movements, working on various stations, changing classroom - library, art, p.e., music, Korean class - yes, they are the only school that has a third language!) My daughter loves walking to and from school with the neighbors and I've seen our community strengthen across Socio-Ecoomic lines and individual differences. THES is incredibly unique and flourishing to be one of the most diverse and innovative campus. If you are in doubt, just spend some time visiting the campus. Volunteer in the library - walk the halls. See for yourself. It's very honest and authentic.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
as we enter our fourth year at THES, i look forward to continuing our relationship with the forward thinking staff, administration and educators. the children here are happy. with excellent parental involvement, during school hours and outside of school hours, the students feel the community is on their side. the teachers welcome this involvement and the students benefit greatly. so many teachers spend weekends and after school hours assisting any child who needs that bit extra. knowing that each student continues their education outside of school hours, the parent support specialist as well as teachers and administration offer encouragement and resources to parents so that they may help their reach for more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
They serve many students below the poverty level and their principal, Lisa Robertson, cares deeply about the success of her students.tr

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2010
This is our son's third year at THE and we're honestly beginning to wonder why we even bothered putting him on the transfer list. Coming from a Montessori preschool program, it was an easy transition b/c his Kindergarten teacher was fantastic. That said, his 1st grade teacher was obviously burned out and spent so much of her time either yelling at her students or out sick. This was the first year our son has ever come home from school consistently telling us that he "hates school". This year, he's in the "new" dual language program. He's given a 10 page homework packet to take home and instead of engaging students, his teacher gives the kids busywork packets to do all day. Mediocrity abounds. THE is frankly no different than the rest of the district. No better, no worse.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
My Daughter just started Kindergarten here. I must say she is having a ball and is challenged. I was really worried that as a precocious, spirited child who requires tight, loving boundaries to thrive, wouldn't get them and would be labeled "trouble". Instead we are delighted that her energy, desire to lead and learn is being lovingly directed and challenged with appropriate demands. The diverse environment is exactly the environment we wanted to encourage empathy, open-mindedness, etc that will set her up for smooth success in this ever changing world. Overall, the principle, PTA, and especially the teachers, are committed and skilled enough to provide every student the love, support and challenge they need and deserve. We are a proud "Thunderbird" family!!.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
I absolutely love Travis Heights and it's teachers. I would really like to live closer to work, but because I want to keep the kiddo in this school, we will be remaining in this part of Austin until he has completed the 5th grade. My son was in their PPCD program and has transitioned to 'regular' ed. The entire way, his teachers from both PPCD and Kinder have been phenomenal. His resource teacher (helps him with reading, math, and writing) goes above and beyond the call of duty to help my kiddo. She has accomplished things with him that I didn't think he was capable of or that he would even be capable of anytime soon. The administrative staff is wonderful and supportive. I've had nothing but great experiences with Travis Heights and I just feel so lucky that we found a great school on the first try.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2010
I think this school is awesome it is my daughters 1st year and we were going through alot with the economy they made my daughter and myself so very comfortable they take pride in there students and there ability to learn I am greatful they r the school I chose for my daughter her teacher mrs.chavez is amazing... the entire staff..

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Great shcool, teachers and administration!!!

- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
we transferred in from far south austin. i am sooo pleased with the experience my child is getting. the small school, the intimate environment, the strong involvement of parents, and the willingness of the teaching staff and administrators to incorporate their assistance has made me feel 100% sure of the decision i made to send my child here.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2009
We are finishing our first year here and it's been a mixed experience. The year started out good, but it's been an eye opener these past months. If you go here and want your kids to have a good experience you're going to have to work for it. It's a big school. Twice is demanded of every parent with a child at THE and that's still not enough. I don't appreciate the looks from parents when I can't be there everyday or the air of entitlement because some are there more than others. Some people at the school forget that some of us have to work and still earn a living and they take their frustration out in negative ways that don't help the kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 03, 2009
Travis Heights has so many qualities that make it one of the top schools in the city as far as I'm concerned. This school is located in the heart of Austin near Congress Avenue. The student body reflects the city's population with a mixture of culture and economic backgrounds. The energy within the school is so positive. The teachers and staff are vested and take pride in their students. Because of the diverse population, teachers are challenged with keeping curriculum engaging. It's not a school where regurgitaing information from a text book is the norm. If you haven't visited the school, try a Friday morning assembly where the 'Thunderbird' band cranks up and rocks the students with the school song. It's truly an experience!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2009
I have two children. I have a child currently attending THE and am very satisfied with her educational progress. One now in middle school is very successful academically, partly because her early foundation at THE. This school is quite diverse and is very accepting, but is not for everyone. One of the benefits of this school is the awesome community that has formed around relationships developed at the school, for both children and parents. I suppose someone living in our neighborhood with children in school elsewhere may feel left out. We all make choices about how we live our lives and those choices do have consequences. Academically my children do at least as well as their friends from elsewhere in the city. Is it perfect? No. THE has challenges to be overcome. However, I do know my children are happy and thriving, learning new things and conquering new challenges.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2009
I have chosen to send my children to THES and have never regretted it. I love the school, the community, the administration. I have been there four years and will be there for another ten years. As a parent that is continually involved with all the people at the school, I do not see anything wrong with recruiting parents to help their own children as well as their classmates excel in their education. THES is a unique community and I am impressed with the level of dedication the teachers and parents have to their children.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
I have chosen to send my children to other schools and have never regretted it. Children get one shot at an education and I don't want my kids to be a turn-around experiment. I also did not like the parent peer pressure associated with recruiting. They need to tone that down and be more inclusive to all in the community.

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2008
This is my 3rd year with a child at THES and the 5th my family has volunteered at THES to make it even better. We've had a few struggles, many excellent experiences, but most importantly my children are thriving. The enrichment/GT programming at the school is fantastic in many of the grades, including my child's, although GT is not as evident as early as Sept. 11th (the last post) b/c of all the state mandated testing for public schools . I care about the testing because it indicates a small number of the children are not getting what they need in the area of science, but in reality 3rd-5th graders were acceptable or above in reading, writing, and math. Yes, the ball was dropped in science, but a state-mandated Bush policy is not how I measure how awesome this or any school is.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
We enrolled in THES on strong recommendation of neighbors. We did not research other schools that much and wrongly thought THES was comparable. Though a decent school on the whole, we have since found that the enrichment programs are vastly inferior to other schools in the district. We are looking into options to transfer to Barton Hills, Lee, Casis, or Bryker next year. Do your homework is my advice. Our child has lost a year and will have to start over again somewhere else because we were too lax.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
This school is really in a lot of trouble. There are a lot of parents with a very naive approach to complicated problems and issues. It is really too mired in politics to effectively deal with the real issues of keeping students safe, providing a challenging curriculum for all students. suceed succeed.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
Chiming in...as a parent I often question whether the challenges at THES can be surmounted without redistricting. The school doesn't fit the Bush measurement system. And referring to children as a 'subgroup' certainly isn't productive language. Being in such a diverse school is a challenge, but overall its been worth it for my family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2008
The school is going through a crisis right now because it was rated unacceptable based on data of a subgroup that essentially counted twice (minority and low SES). It is a wake up call to pay attention to serving all the students at the school. This school is actually very unique in that it has students varying in so many needs that reaching everyone with one academic approach has been difficult. Personally I really resent some of the comments by the previous posters. There is a sense that there is an elitist approach to the neighborhood homeowner's children. By the way, the children from apartments are also 'neighborhood ' children. Our neighborhood encompasses all walks of life. It saddens me that parents would blame the unacceptable rating on a perceived catering to a certain population. This perceptive of scapegoating gets us nowhere. I wonder where there is proof of a solid correlation.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
This is a good school. Parents at THES are stepping up but the minority population at the school is not getting the help it needs. Lots of focus on the kids from the neighborhood. Those kids are sure pampered. Nobody seems to notice the other kids until they start failing and dragging the ratings down. Now they're figuring out that they have to prepare everybody for the school to grow. Those rating this year were a big wake up call.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
I absolutely love my son's teachers. I have never felt so safe and happy to leave my son with someone other than myself! I'm now commuting to work just so that we can stay in the school district and my son can continue to go to Travis Heights. Love,love,love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2007
My child has attended Travis Hieghts since the the start of Pre-K. I have always loved this school and close the teachers work with the kids. I give it five stars.........

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
we love travis heights - the cultural diversity and open inclusive atmosphere are unique and special.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2005
I transfered my daughter to Travis Hts and couldn't be happier. My daughter is above grade level and she is getting individualized attention to challenge her academically. Her teacher is wonderful and is available at any time. The art and music teachers offers a 2 week art camp during the summer for a great price. The PTA is very active and sends emails to parents reminding them of upcomming events and volunteer request. They offer classroom rewards for 100% parent evolvement. The school principle is readily available and is out every day after school greeting parents. They offer a wide variety of after school programs for students. The school encourages parent envolvement in volunteering to eating lunch with your child. I am pleased with my choice in schools and once again couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
I have 3 children who attend Travis Heights Elementary School. We have been very pleased with every aspect of the school. The teachers have gone above and beyond for all of my students, as well as making the parents feel welcomed. The Principal, Lisa Robertson, is also a wonderful addition to the school, along with her Vice Principal, Gail Laubenthal. I highly recommend Travis Heights Elem. School to any parent looking for quality eduaction for their children. In addition to the wonderful school, the PTA at Travis heights has also been a wonderful experience for us. They were all very inviting to our family, and we enjoyed participating in various committees this year. We believe Travis Heights Elem. School is the BEST school in Austin ISD!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2005
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April 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
What a difference a year makes! I'am the parent of the earlier above entry. I can now recommend this school and it is the new administration that has made all the difference. This school will only get better I believe and I'am so confident that my daughter will also attend for next year. I can't go into all the details of the improvements but it spans everthing from morale and teacher/parent energy improving to more educational opportunities being offerred for students to shine and excell.

- submitted by a parent
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Travis Hts Elementary School
2010 Alameda Drive, Austin, TX  78704
(512) 414-4495
Last modified Travis Hts Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Travis Hts Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top