Austin High School

3500 Memphis Avenue, El Paso, TX 79930
(915) 587-2500

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1514 students 14 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • El Paso Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • El Paso Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Austin High School is a public high school in El Paso. The principal of Austin High School is ROBERT MARSH, whose e-mail is 1,514 students go to Austin High School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 18% of the Austin High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 75% of the 1,514 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 79% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Austin High School is 14:1. Loretto Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 90% 83%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Multiracial 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.08%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 1.0%
Asian 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79% 70%
Limited English proficiency 18% 24%
Economically disadvantaged 75% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Well im a curent junior in austin. I do adm8t it might be rough around the exterior. But what caunts is the extraordinary teacher that co excist with the student that put all their efforts in to givong us studebts the best educatiin they can give us . There teachers in the sc h ools that care for us to help us out through very sad moments in awere dramatic life . In conclusion austin high is one of the best schools that u can send ur child. Plus we got the criminal justice program

  • (1 year ago)

    This schools as well as the majority of schools in El Paso is subpar at best. The only thing keeping most of these schools open are the magnet programs. If your child is not in one of these programs I am sorry to say that the education your child receives will not meet even the lowest levels of expectations. Don't be fooled by the talk of change. Please be very particular about the school you choose to put your child in. This is definitely not the one you want. Trying to figure out how and where to transfer our child now.

  • (2 years ago)

    Looks neat and clean...has a good sports program.My grandaughter studies in this school and says that is a very good school.Looks very well organized.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have experienced many disturbing situations at this school in the 4 weeks school has been in session. Most of which I ignored out of the understanding that this is a new school and I need to give them a chance. Of my child's 8 teachers myself or my husband have had the opportunity to meet or speak with 4. Of the 4 his basketball coach and his criminal justice teacher seem to be the only 2 interested in my child's education. Upon meeting his Spanish teacher in person I was greeted with what do you need to talk to me about not good morning hello or even how may I help you. When I contacted his English teacher because his grade was dropping she seemed to be more concerned with if I were calling her a liar rather than how she could help with the mutual responsibility of fostering a good work ethic in my son. It appears that the teachers at Austin High School have other things on their minds than teaching. My son wanted to attend a law program and this was the only one in my school district. This is the only reason I allowed him to attend Austin. I never encourage people to listen to hearsay although in this case I wish I would have.

  • (3 years ago)

    Today I was at Austin High School registering my junior. I had been there in the morning but did not catch an error until later and had to return to have my son's schedule fixed. Well as I was sitting at the table feeling a little disgruntled the nicest lady walked over. And when I tell you she was not only professional she was genuinely caring she was very attentive to my son's desires as far as what he wanted on his schedule. She totally erased any and all concerns regarding my son attending a school that was not a DoDDs school. I knew she was there to help and meant everything that she said to me. I am very thankful that my son will be attending Austin High School. The staff is a class act and hard to top!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has great diversity and they have amazing teachers I would know this as I attend this school and absolutely love it!

  • (5 years ago)

    Eventhough Austin at this point is struggling with TAKS scores I believe that with the help of the community and alumni from this school it can overcome all the hardships it is facing at this point. To me this has been the best school ever the teachers there taught me a lot about life and supported my future goals of going to college and getting a degree. Now I am three months away from graduating from the Universtiy of Texas at El Paso and I owe it to those teachers at Austin who went beyond their teacher duties and helped me not only apply for admissions at UTEP but also helped me find financial aid through scholarships so that money would not be a factor that would impede my future goals. All I can say at this point is Thank you (to those who helped me) and that Austin is a great school in El Paso Texas.

  • (6 years ago)

    I currently attend Austin and honestly its only as bad as you make it. The staff is very caring if you become involved and even if your not the principal is really awsome along with the teachers and students! You really just have to be involvoed and the rest of the time is great!

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated at the top of my class and I never saw the problems most of the other people say they saw. Austin is moving up with the help of the new magnet school. Austin is great. Please visit the campus it is beautiful and full of history. I was fortunate enough to visit the underground tunnels with a vice principle and let me tell you it was very exciting and creepy. You'll love it!

  • (6 years ago)

    In thisschool some of the teacher forget not every student speaks spanish and thus should be reminded frequently. Needless to say that I am not very happy with this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Austin High School has come a long way! Evidently in sports good job Mighty Panthers! The school moral has come up and we the class of '08 are trying tremendously to change the way things are being run. We now have a voice and input of what the students think in certain things. We're changing the status quo at this school building a foundation if you will. In a couple of years if things continue this way IT WILL BECOME EVEN BETTER! WHOOO HOOO GOOOOO PANTHERS!

  • (7 years ago)

    Austin High School has come a great way and me feel like I am home. The teachers here care about our education and try to encorage is to move on in the future. I am a proud Austin High School Panther!

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has not evolved in nearly a decade. The teachers are caring less and less about our students and I can see it every time I visit. If the teachers continue this way this historical school will founder indefinitely.

  • (9 years ago)

    Austin high school is a great school i love that my kids are here! although the school is located in central el paso... Were alot of trouble is around it is a great school! the teachers are great as well as the principle they really know how to handle the students and they know how to keep a safe learning enviorment! well thats all i have to say and panthers keep up the good work!

  • (9 years ago)

    It is a very good school with the Sandra Day O'Conner Magnet. It is improving each year in TAKS scores.

  • (10 years ago)

    When my daughter began as a freshman at Austin High School it was a little rocky because the school was under another principal. The new principal Mr. Polkluda is now in charge and he's doing his best to get this school where it needs to be at. With the new magnet program I believe this school can climb up the ladder and become a recognized school. Some students need extra help in certain subjects if tutors were made available or if teachers would let students that needed extra help come in early in the morning or stay after school for that extra help I believe the school could even get higher results in the TAKS testing. We do need more parent involvement but other than that Austin High School is an awesome school! It will be one of the top high schools in the near futre. Yvette Kato A Proud Panther '88

  • (10 years ago)

    This school has come a long ways. The new principal is trying his best to increase the school's credibility. However the teacher's need to be a little bit more involved in the academia of the students instead of just teaching the class in a check the block fashion. It is unfortunate that the discipline of the school seems to be the main focal point however attention to the disciplinary factor has reduced the number of incidents at the school. I think more parental involvement would increase the reputation of the school.

  • (10 years ago)

    outstsanding athletic program

  • (10 years ago)

    The band programs under the supervision of Mr. Art Cuellar are phenomenal. He not only motivates the students to strive for excellence but also encourages and welcomes their creativity which bolsters their self esteem. He is a valuable asset to this school and an incredible mentor to his students. Academically I would have preferred my daughter to have been challenged more. Math science english french she never really had to devote much time to studying for these classes. The bar needs to be raised the administration needs to implement programs that make them think. My daughter practiced for band daily because she had to in order to meet the expectations of her instructor. The same should be true for the rest of her classes.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a military spouse with seven children. We have travled all over the United States and have had children enrolled in many different schools and school districts. I checked in to Austin High School because this is where our children were zoned to attend school. I heard horrible stories about the school and did not want my children to attend but my husband insisted that we check it out. I am very glad we did. Austin is a great school and I have five children that attend the school. The administration strives to keep this school moving in a positive direction and the children are truly their main priority. Next year the Sandra Day O'Connor Criminal Justice Academy will be opening and many school improvements will be made. Austin will be celebrating 75 years. The staff and students welcomed my students with open arms and I even began working here.

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