Award Year: 2018
Austin Elementary School, in partnership with staff, parents, and community, provides a safe, nurturing environment where challenging and creative teaching occurs utilizing state of the art resources. Individual learning needs will be met and students will develop into confident, productive members of society.
- Black/African American: 3%
- White: 62%
- Hispanic: 6%
- Asian: 25%
- Two or more races: 4%
- ELL: 9%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 17%
Located just north of Atlanta in Dunwoody, Georgia, Austin Elementary is a traditional Pre-K through fifth grade neighborhood school that has been educating DeKalb County students since 1975.
Austin's mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where challenging and creative teaching occurs utilizing state of the art resources. In support of our mission, students are prompted and encouraged to advance academically, not only through rigorous instruction, but also through self-reflection, personal goal-setting, and student-created progress tracking. By using the engineering design process as a problem-solving model, students gain confidence in analyzing failures and utilizing insights to reach goals and experience future success. As an AdvancED STEM certified school, we continually analyze our learning environments to ensure our classrooms are equitable, supportive, and provide the use of digital tools in active learning.
School-community traditions play a vital role at Austin. Our annual STEM Celebration allows students to adopt new perspectives to creatively address global environment challenges. Other traditions include Kindergarten Hurray-for-the-USA Performance, Second Grade Circus, Fourth Grade Patriotic Performance, and the Dunwoody Dash Community Race. Student Council led events include a canned food drive and a Socks/Hats/Mittens Tree to support fellow schools and the local community.
The continued success and growth at Austin is achieved collaboratively with students, parents, faculty, and our community. Under Georgia's Single Statewide Accountability System, Austin has earned the Greatest Gains Platinum Award in 2015 and 2016 and the Highest Performing Platinum Award in 2015, 2016, and 2017, making it one of Georgia's top performing schools!