Dr. Antonio Aguirre, superintendent, was notified last week by Texas Education Agency
Of all the Title I schools in Texas, only 312 received the recognition. This prestigious designation recognizes schools that have consistently demonstrated strong academic performance over a three-year period.
“The teachers and parents of Austwell-Tivoli Elementary expect children to be successful,” said Stephen Maldonado, elementary principal. “The students believe in their learning motto which is, ‘I grow, I learn, I succeed.’”
To earn the rating the school met adequate yearly progress in 2007 and 2008, and achieved an exemplary rating in the spring of 2008 as well as 2007 and 2006.
The school was a Title IA campus in 2006 through 2009, with 40 percent or more of the population in low income brackets.
Why are A-TISD students so successful? Fifth-grade teacher Danna Brandt had the answer.
“We utilize our day focusing on academic and social achievement through guided and independent practice and individualized re-testing. It works,” she said.
The principal also gave credit to the dedication of the teachers in the county’s smallest school system.
“The kids never let us down, regardless of the obstacles they need to overcome,” Maldonado said.