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Austin Achieve Public Schools

Program Description

Austin Achieve ("Austin Achieve") is an open-enrollment public charter school established to help the youth of East Austin prepare for admission into the nation's top colleges and universities by instilling the values and skills necessary to excel in higher education.

We believe every scholar, regardless of socioeconomic status, should receive an excellent education. Austin Achieve prepares all scholars for college admission through a comprehensive approach that includes academics, social development, and exposure to a wide-range of extracurricular opportunities. Scholars are encouraged to become well-rounded in order to succeed academically and in the global economy.

At the high school level, our curriculum and courses are designed to cultivate the skills, mindsets, and knowledge our scholars need to successfully navigate the demands of college and professional life. Several of our courses are taught at an Advanced Placement (AP) level and culminate with AP exams. Many colleges and universities use AP exam scores to offer college credits or place students in advanced classes. In addition, scholars will have an opportunity to earn college credit by enrolling in OnRamps courses. Scholars that take OnRamps courses are enrolled at the University of Texas and are co-taught by Austin Achieve teachers and UT professors. This unique opportunity provides scholars with an experience that exceeds traditional early-college programs, providing them with access to one of the highest-caliber university programs in Texas.

In addition to academic preparation, all high school scholars take College Seminar, a 4-year course sequence that provides scholars with practical information and necessary skills to succeed in college. Course topics include effective essay writing, financial literacy, how to access scholarships and grants, ACT preparation, how to navigate being a first-generation college scholar, social-emotional skills, and much more.

Austin Achieve will leverage its success and innovation to become a model for reform within the Austin community and Texas at large.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%