Austin Middle School – Galveston, TX

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Austin Middle School

1514 Avenue N 1/2
Galveston, TX, 77550-8135

(409) 761-3500

Ms. Cathy Van Ness, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School, Choice School

Galveston Independent School District

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 39%
  • Hispanic: 42%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 49%


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Game-On Read! @ Austin Middle School

Game-On Read! @ Austin Middle School


Austin Middle School (AMS) is a 5th-8th grade STEM Magnet program located in Galveston, Texas. Teachers and staff at Austin Middle focus on strategies that challenge students to explore and innovate ideas which model real world learning and work environments. Our faculty encourages activities which include community partnerships and collaborative group work on projects to prepare our students with skills and strategies necessary to pursue future coursework in the STEM field. Student learning experiences at AMS are enhanced by participating in robotics, web design, video technology, graphic design, engineering, and the fine arts. Our students and staff have received recognition in various activities including robotics, essay and art competitions, and state recognition for distinguished performance on state assessments for the past eight years.

Receiving the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Award in 2011 and 2017 will continue to catapult Austin Middle School's status as a top tier school. Strong schools mean strong communities. Strong community partnerships and parental involvement have allowed us to expand the educational experiences for our students in addition to fostering a sense of community. Students collaborate and participate in programs with individuals from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the city's banking and financial sector, local universities and colleges, the fine arts community, and state level government officials. Austin Middle School is a place where students thrive. Teachers and students want to be at the campus and proudly wear the AMS badge of honor.