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Akins High School

Public | 9-12 | 2565 students

 

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Posted May 2, 2008

Akins high school is absolutely a great school! Quite frankly, many people under estimate that. Akins has changed my life completely. The teachers are amazing; always willing to help students in any way possibe. We also have many great curricular activities, which I believe has helped us come together and share our Eagle spirit!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2008

Diamond Dazzlers great dance team. Great director who cares about the girls on the team. Great school except some students do not respect the teachers. School gets a bad rap at times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2008

The Teachers are very accepting and they care about the students and teach well. However, I'm fairly new and most of the students are anything but kind, they aren't very friendly and they don't really respect the teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2008

The band is AMAZING! The kids are great, the teachers actually care, I think it has a bad rap just because it's mostly hispanic. Great things happen there!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

Best high school. Amazing teachers that care. Contains a diverse group of students that accept others and are very friendly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2007

Awesome band and cheerleader group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

My daughter attended her 10th grade but we are moving to get her out of the district. There are fights every day, communication is poor and the curriculum is not challenging. My daughter is austistic and set the highest curve in most of her classes. She saw things that a grown person would not tolerate. I highly recommend running the other way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

I have 2 students at Akins and I can justify that the staff is great. They do everything possible to give the kids the info to do well beyond high school. However, it does lack parent participation. Akins has all the possibilities if parents would lend a helping hand. My sons teachers have always worked with me on any issues that I have and always willing to accommodate my schedule. Overall, there are numerous programs at Akins that are not offered at other schools that my children have taken advantage of. The diversity of the school shows the cultural diversity of the Austin area and the school has many extracurricular activities that show this diversity. My childrens high school years at Akins have been exactly as I wanted them to be ... wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2006

There is nothing average about Akins High School. As a parent of two students who have attended, I can speak from experience that anyone who complains about the quality of education has not honestly been engaged in the process. The faculty is top notch, and most have been there several years. The administration continually seeks innovative ways to reach the very diverse population; I have never seen a principal more committed to every student's success or more selfless in her attendance at innumerable extracurricular events. If you are a parent at Akins and you have not engaged by participating in one of the numerous organizations which offer opportunities for parental involvement, please do not sully this board with superficial allegations about which you really have very little substantive knowledge. Akins is a school of possibilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2006

I had a child at Akins all four years. Only by involving herself in groups which had dedicated students did she survive. Classes outside the AP area were out of control. Parental involvement was very poor. My special needs child was given virtually no help and had to switch schools. I don't recommend Akins.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2006

The teachers and staff of Akins High School are committed to student success. The move to redesign Akins will increase real-world learning and provide opportunities for students to gain better understanding of why education is so important to their future.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted March 31, 2006

Akins has a lot of potential. Most of the teachers here are extremely committed and are of high quality. One of the main issues at the school is consistent discipline/order which seems to be primarily a leadership problem.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 26, 2005

Average school, Great Location in Austin. Great teachers and admin. staff. Would love to see more parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

Akins is a model of the power of diversity. Low income 'challenging' students and high income high level students alike receive a great education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

The special education program at Akins is awesome. They really strive to push your child to the full potential and understand underlying problems of disabilities. They are not just babysitters!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2005

Good school that has grown to past capacity since it was opened. Faculty and staff are very caring but at times struggles with the problems of any inner-city low socioeconomic population.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 23, 2005

Akins High School is just 5 years old, and already has Fine Arts achievement like the Band winning in the top 10 of BOA, Color Guard winning State, the Dancers winning State, Theatre Arts winning Alternate at UIL and Choir going onto State Championchips. With a class attendence rate of 98%, this is definately a school with excellence.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2004

I believe that Akins High School is a very acceptable school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2004

We've had great improvement on discipline over the past year which gives the school a great environment for learning. Most of the teachers are great. They made classes fun, they're creative in their lessons, they make us think and exercise our mental abilities to analyze and solve problems, not only at school but also in life in general
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2004

Large, ethnically very diverse high school. Some classes lack discipline necessary to learn and others are excellent. PreAP and AP classes are more under control than others. You must reach out to this new school and get involved. Don't wait to be invited.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

685 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

662 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

595 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

574 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

573 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

573 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

513 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

510 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Black or African American94%
Asian92%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%

Math

All Students90%
Female87%
Male92%
Black or African American84%
Asian92%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%

Science

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
Black or African American91%
Asian92%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asian92%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

625 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

699 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

748 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

818 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
41%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

587 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

589 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

572 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

496 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
28%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

743 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

587 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black or African American66%
Asian82%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education42%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)48%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Black or African American80%
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education52%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students91%
Female90%
Male94%
Black or African American80%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male57%
Black or African American60%
Asian85%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education33%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted61%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students37%
Female40%
Male33%
Black or African American23%
Asian64%
Hispanic34%
Multiracial69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Special education10%
Not special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)7%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant37%
Gifted/talented83%
Non-Gifted34%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students80%
Female82%
Male77%
Black or African American78%
Asian92%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education61%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)49%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students47%
Female54%
Male40%
Black or African American46%
Asian77%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Special education12%
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education68%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students79%
Female78%
Male80%
Black or African American90%
Asian88%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education50%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted78%

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students72%
Female70%
Male74%
Black or African American69%
Asian100%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education36%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)41%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students66%
Female63%
Male68%
Black or African American66%
Asian85%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education50%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 77% 52%
White 11% 29%
Black 7% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 10%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DANIEL GIRARD
Fax number
  • (512) 841-9903

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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10701 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: (512) 841-9900

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