Get involved at Austin Academy!
Here at Austin, we have many organizations and clubs where students can find their interest.
- Career and technology classes
- Youth Government Program
- National Junior Honor Society
- Spelling Bee
- UIL Academics
Austin Academy is thrilled to be an AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, certified school. This elective program is available to selected students that are interested in advancing themselves academically beyond high school. Applications for this program are available during the fifth grading period and interviews will follow. Applications for AVID are accepted at the end of each school year, and students must go through an interview process and meet certain requirements.
For even more information, visit the Garland ISD AVID page.
Sponsors: Karen Calhoun and Lamar George
TEA has made many adjustments to our CTE program. While some classes were eliminated, many other exciting classes have been added. Most importantly, we have several 0.5 credit classes for our eighth grade students. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Karen Calhoun regarding these classes. We encourage you to look at the Career and Technology Education page on the GISD website for further details including information about high school classes.
The Austin Academy for Excellence chapter shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship in students of Austin Academy. Requirements for NJHS include being an eighth grade student, maintaining a cumulative average of 95% or better, and community service. Students that had a cumulative average of 95% or better for the first through five grading period of their seventh grade year will receive letters inviting them to complete an application.
Sponsors Mindy Ayers and April Roell
Austin Academy is home to an award winning robotics team. Our students work together in teams to learn building, coding, problem-solving, and time-management. Our teams compete in regional tournaments through the year, and we have had teams qualify for state.
Sponsors: Iain Jarvis and Preston Syfert
The 2021 - 2022 spelling bee will take place online. This will allow all students, on campus or remote, participate in the campus spelling bee. The campus spelling bee will take place in
November, and more information about registering will come soon.
You will be notified when your online campus test is ready to take. The test will have a time limit.
Sponsor: Joni Harris
Austin Academy has several UIL competition teams for our students to participate.
This contest provides opportunities for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to evaluate speeches given by others to explore the use of the voice and body in speaking situations; to examine the different purposes for speaking; to organize ideas; to prepare and deliver various speeches; and to develop self-confidence.
Contestants will draw three topics and have three minutes to prepare a speech, which must be presented without any notes.
Coach: Kevin Thompson
This comprehensive social studies competition covers topics from Texas history to world history. Students also explore a range of subdisciplines such as economics and geography and topics such as Civil War, Reconstruction, citizenship and culture.
Coach: Kristin Pershey
Maps, Graphs, & Charts
The maps, graphs & charts contest is designed to help students learn to get information from a variety of maps, graphs and charts including world maps, pie charts, bar charts and local area maps. The objective test will measure skills such as using a reference book to locate information, making comparisons, estimating and approximating, using scale and interpreting grid systems, legends and keys.
Coach: Mindy Ayers
The focus of the Music Memory contest is an in-depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives and their music. In the course of preparing for the contest, students should be given the opportunity to describe and analyze the music, relate the music to history, to society and to culture, and to evaluate musical performance.
Coach: Julie Goodwin
The benefits of chess are well documented for players of all ages, and especially for young people. Chess teaches problem solving, hones concentration, and encourages analytical and strategic thinking. Chess can be a lifelong pursuit.
Chess puzzle competition is very different from tournament chess play. Contestants in a chess puzzle contest receive a paper-and-pencil test that includes a series of chess boards with pieces in particular positions. Questions are based on analysis of material or possible moves in each given diagram.
Coach: Karen Lambright
In Modern Oratory, the sixth, seventh and eighth grade contestants will select one of the topics, determine the critical issues in the topic, and acknowledge both pro and con points citing support discovered in their research. Students will choose a side they will defend and support that side with additional evidence. Along with the skills of analysis, research, note-taking, documentation, evaluation and decision-making come those of delivery and the skill of memorization.
Coach: Kevin Thompson
Thorough knowledge of the dictionary is a way to increase a student's ability to find the information that is needed for classwork as well as everyday living. Each Dictionary Skills test consists of 40 objective and short answer questions to be completed in 20 minutes. Contestants use dictionaries during the competition, which may be tabbed. Contest questions cover word origins and histories, parts of speech, pronunciation, variant spellings, plurals, alphabetizing and other such elements.
Coach: Karen Calhoun
Reading literature out loud provides opportunities for students to analyze the text, to grow and to develop as a performer, to communicate a message to an audience and to perform an artistic creation. The oral reading competition should be an extension of the classroom literary and language arts activities in poetry, short stories and children's fiction.
Coach: Misty Spainhower
Learning to complete math problems quickly is a valuable skill in all facets of life including engineering, accounting, completing a tax return and even grocery shopping. This contest includes problems covering, but not limited to: numeration systems, arithmetic operations involving whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, exponents, order of operations, probability, statistics, number theory, simple interest, measurements and conversions. Geometry and algebra problems may be included as appropriate for the grade level.
Coach: Jessie Hernandez
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is not just for athletes. Please join the FCA to learn about being a good person and developing good character traits. Throughout the year, the FCA volunteers to do service projects and in January/February they do an overnight event called Weekend of Champions.
FCA meetings are weekly on Thursdays 4:15 to 5 p.m.
AAE runs a book club that meets in the library every other Thursday morning at 8:10 a.m. starting in October. The Book Club does book talks, plays book games, learns about new and popular books, and are the first to pick from any shipment of new books for the library. More information will come in September, along with a sign up form.
Sponsor: Joni Harris, Librarian