Austin School Tours

COSEBOC Annual Gathering of Leaders

Boys and Young Men of Color: 
Innovators, Creators and Game Changers
University of Texas | Austin, Texas  |  April 26-28, 2017

School tours will take place from 9:30am - 4pm on Wednesday, April 26.

Elementary School (9:30am - 4:00pm, tour visits both schools, lunch included)

  • Volma Overton Early College Prep 
  • Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Media and Performing Arts Institute 

Middle School (Two separate tours)

  • Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy (9:30am - 4:00pm, lunch included)
  • Texas Empowerment Academy (two 2-hour tours, 9:30am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 3:30pm, lunch not included)

High School (9:30am - 4:00pm, tour visits both schools, lunch included)

  • LBJ Early College High School
  • Travis Early College High School 

High School (9:30am - 2:30pm, lunch included)

  • Manor New Technology High School

Alternative School (9:30am - 2:30pm, lunch included)

  • Travis County Leadership Academy (Note: this is a secured facility)

Volma Overton Early College Prep

Volma Overton Early College Prep is a place where talented teachers and other staff spend each day nurturing and motivating scholars to do their best in a beautiful campus setting. The school serves students from in a three-year-old pre-k to fifth grade, offering high quality instruction at all levels.  Communities in Schools, Boys & Girls Club of Austin and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation offer additional programming to help prepare scholars to be successful. The educational program is aligned with the Early College High School initiative that supports preparation for college level courses beginning in 9th grade.

Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Media and Performing Arts Institute

Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Media and Performing Arts Institute serves students from pre-k to fifth grade. The campus integrates the use of creative learning strategies, arts-based instruction, and social and emotional learning to support the whole child.  Through strengthened partnerships with neighboring organizations and relationships with community members, the school is a media and performing arts institute where students learn film-making, digital portfolios, stop motion animation, daily news casting, dance, and more.

Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy 

Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy is the all-boys academy in East Austin. Garcia makes lessons come alive for the young men—from connecting the classroom to the community through service learning projects to combining students' love of music with computer science. Garcia offers career and technology classes through Project Lead the Way, a national leader in science, technology, engineering and math programs. With a rigorous curriculum and higher education and industry partnerships, students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.  The academy invests in the whole child, nurturing scholars’ creative minds and talents through robust fine arts programs. Garcia athletes have the opportunity to shape their bodies for excellence through Olympic-style training programs.

Texas Empowerment Academy

The Texas Empowerment Academy is a charter school serving students K-9th grade. The academy focuses on high academics, performing arts and technology. The school was established in 1998 and has a tremendous track record of high academic achievement with primarily African and Mexican American students. The school has developed a curriculum that is culturally rich and is designed to analyze historical cultural forces that have shaped present realities while creating critical thinkers who will be a force of change in their communities for the future.

LBJ Early College High School

LBJ Early College High School offers students the opportunity to graduate with a diploma in one hand and an associate’s degree in the other—for free. Through an exciting and innovative partnership with Austin Community College, every student—from an entering freshman to a graduating senior—has the opportunity to enroll in college-level classes. In addition to earning college credit, students are preparing to compete in the work force, while saving thousands of dollars in college costs.

LBJ offers career and technology classes in audio and video production, digital electronics and health sciences. The school offers exciting engineering courses through Project Lead the Way, a national leader in science, technology, engineering and math programs. With a rigorous curriculum and higher education and industry partnerships, the program empowers students to solve complex problems in a real-world context, while developing the skills they need to succeed in the global economy.

Travis Early College High School

Travis Early College High School welcomes students with a faculty and staff dedicated to student success. Diverse academic offerings, strong athletics and fine arts programs, and other extracurricular activities provide students with a range of opportunities to pursue their interests.

In addition to offering more than a dozen Career and Technical Education courses, Travis is also the district’s newest Early College High School. This partnership with Austin Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn an associate degree while still in high school. Travis students come from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to achieve academic excellence and pursue their passions, consistently placing among the best in the state in the arts and athletics.

Manor New Technology High School

Manor New Tech, built on the New Technology Network model of project-based learning, is strikingly different from what is found in traditional secondary education classroom settings. MNTHS student population is made up of applicants accepted through a blind lottery. As a result, the student population at MNTHS is diverse in all aspects, including the two largest subpopulations of young men and young women of color. Additionally, the project-based learning environment sets up an atmosphere where learning is student-driven, engaging, and meets the needs of a wide variety of academic abilities by focusing on the development of school-wide learning outcomes intended to help students develop the skills to be successful beyond high school.

Travis County Leadership Academy

Travis County Leadership Academy is an AISD satellite campus.  It is a secured facility. The goal is to deliver high quality education to the boys and girls adjudicated by Travis County Juvenile Probation Department. Students reside at the facility.  They are enrolled in the Leadership Academy, a County supported and Austin Community Administered GED program, participate in online college courses through Navarro College if they have a GED or high school diploma or participate in Job Skill’s courses.  Class sizes are small.  Class size range between 4-10 students. They are taught by certified teachers.  Travis County guards attend classes with students and accompany them throughout the units.  Teachers are employees of Austin ISD and deliver curriculum guided by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to receive Texas state credit towards graduation.  ELL, Special education and 504 students receive support.