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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

Book Club

AAE runs a book club that meets in the library every other Thursday morning at 8:10 a.m.  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.  They also get to help with adding books to the purchase list. The sign up form for the AAE book club can be found in the grade level library Google Classroom. 

Sponsor: Joni Harris, Librarian

Career and Technology classes

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.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes is not just for athletes.  Please join the FCA on Friday mornings 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.  

Sponsor:   Rick Mayberry

House system-#ourhouse

A house system is a school spirit based program designed to provide a community climate and organizational structure that fosters relationships, community spirit, and personal well-being.  The system works on establish good character, intelligence, service mindedness, and participation in community.  AAE supports three houses where students are randomly assigned.  Empower, Inspire, and Integrity houses are lead and supported by a leadership team called Dunamis.  

Throughout each grading period, each house is given opportunities to earn points culminating with the winner earning a house party on the last day of the grading period.    

Sponsor:  Dr. Bonita Woods and Sarah Killion

Mock Legislature

The Junior Youth Government program is intended to introduce our middle school students to how the Youth and Government program works and prepare them to participate fully in the larger high school program when they enter the 9th grade. 

Sponsor: Kristin Pershey and Sherry Connor

National Junior Honor Society

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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 a nationally ranked Pentathlon program.  Students are nominated by their teachers at the end of each year to fill two Pentathlon teams who compete in during the springtime competitions at district, regional, and national levels.  

The 2018-19 topic is The 1960s:  A Transformational Decade.  The novel for the year is The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano Vela.

Sponsors:  Lauren Houston and Amy Patterson  

Spelling Bee

Sponsor:  Bree Cunningham


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

robotics team competes at tournament
robotics team competes
robotics team competes
robotics team competes
robotics team competes
robotics team competes