Now in its thirteenth year of operation, The University of Texas Elementary School is firmly established as a research-based demonstration school in the heart of East Austin. The school holds a track record of success in serving urban children. Founded in 2003 as part of The UT System’s Every Child, Every Advantage initiative to support P-16 education, UT Elementary is operated by UT Austin as an open-enrollment campus, free to students, with a lottery-based admission system. The school enrolls children in grade levels pre-kindergarten through fifth. Our two pre-kindergarten classes have 20 students and all other grades kindergarten-through-fifth have two classes of 22.
UT Elementary offers a full, TEKS-aligned curriculum, employs scientifically-based research and best teaching practices, and draws upon a variety of intellectual resources available at the university. Besides providing an educational alternative for East Austin children, UT Elementary also represents an effort to apply new knowledge produced in the academic setting directly to classrooms in urban schools, and it serves as a training and development site for future teachers, social workers, psychologists, speech therapists, and nurses currently enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin. We extend our best practices to the broader community through books, blogs, outreach training and mentoring programs, and national education conferences.
The University of Texas Elementary School’s Mission is:
- To develop students into lifelong learners through rigorous, research-based curricula, individualized instruction, high expectations, and a nurturing environment that includes parental and community involvement;
- To provide opportunities for professional development and outreach for The University of Texas at Austin’s academic units; and
- To serve as a model of an exemplary educational program for diverse learners.
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- UTES 2014-15 School Report Card
- Texas Education Agency 2015-2016 Accreditation Statuses
A Letter from the Executive Director
Dear UT Elementary School family and friends,
UT Elementary School is now in its twelfth year of operations. Each and every year we grow stronger as an organization and as a community. We are passionately committed to students and families we serve, the UT Austin students and faculty, and quality public education access for all students. Our community includes not only our staff but also the East Austin community, our partners, donors, volunteers, UT faculty, staff and students. As shown through the creation and implementation of our strategic plan, we continue to focus on the actions that are true to our mission. This includes serving the families of East Austin with the best research-based curricula and instruction while maintaining a caring and welcoming environment, serving as a research site and training site for educators, and reaching out to our community, our partners, and the nation to share best practices that move education forward.
When we opened the first phase of our permanent facility in August 2012, the new space and donor support brought incredible new programming – STE(A)M, wellness, multicultural fine arts, nutritious-only food cooked and served in the cafeteria, the ability to host college courses on our campus. We cannot wait to see the changes that will occur once our new classroom space has been built, following the final phase of the school’s building campaign now underway.
This year, our first cohort of fifth-grade students to graduate from UT Elementary School will be seniors in high school and graduating in May. The founders of UT Elementary School envisioned a world where all children, regardless of background, are successful and ready for college, and in spring of 2015, we will see the first round of Little Longhorns become big Longhorns.
Please enjoy your tour of our website and view our latest annual report below.
Melissa Chavez, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President and Executive Director of The University of Texas Charter School System
Tonya King, M.Ed.
Executive Principal of UT Elementary School
- UTES Annual Report 2008-09
- UTES Annual Report 2009-10
- UTES Annual Report 2010-11
- UTES Annual Report 2011-12
- UTES Annual Report 2012-13
- UTES Annual Report 2013-14
- UTES Annual Report 2014-15
- UTES Annual Report 2015-16
A Model For Other Schools
The University of Texas at Austin has undertaken many initiatives to increase the number of students who are the first in their families to attend college. The University of Texas Elementary School is key to this effort. It is not only a community engagement initiative with the goal of increasing the number of under-represented students in the college pipeline; it is a model for other schools in East Austin and beyond. UT Elementary’s administrators and teachers provide training to other teachers and help other elementary schools bridge the gap between theory, research, and practice.
As chair of the UT Elementary Management Board, I have seen firsthand the efforts of the school’s staff to provide the instruction, intervention, and caring support that students need to succeed academically. By nurturing strong relationships between faculty, staff, parents, and students, former CEO Ramona Treviño and current executive director Melissa Chavez have developed a robust community focused on learning. Dedicated supporters and volunteers have also served to enhance the students’ learning experience.
By sharing best practices, supporting students from underserved populations, and helping build communities of learners across East Austin, UT Austin gives students and teachers the tools they need for successful teaching and learning. And that speaks to the University’s core purpose: to transform lives for the benefit of society. We are proud that UT Elementary is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and cannot wait until these students enter UT.
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Management Board Chair, UT Elementary School
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership
Professor of Law
The University of Texas Elementary School was initiated by The University of Texas System through the Institute for Public School Initiatives to support K-12 education. UT Elementary is an academic unit of The University of Texas at Austin, and therefore reports to the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
Direct oversight of the school is operated by the UT Elementary School Management Board, which includes school parents, community members, and representatives from the University as well as the school principal and executive director. The Board convenes monthly during the school year to deliberate on initiatives related to the school. The Education Council, also comprised of parents, teachers, UT faculty, and community representatives, determines the campus education plan each year and consistently monitors its implementation.
UT Elementary Charter School is committed to encouraging and sustaining a learning and work community that is free from prohibited discrimination and harassment. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, genetic information, or age in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment, or any other school program or activity. The school also makes good faith efforts to recruit, employ and promote qualified minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. It admits qualified students to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students.
The school also does not tolerate harassment of any kind. Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are forms of sex discrimination and prohibited by the school.
Questions or comments about harassment or discrimination can be directed to the Office.
For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, you can contact the appropriate federal office. For the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1 (800) 421-3481.
The Management Board is comprised of UT faculty and staff, parents and community members and meets monthly throughout the academic year. Dr. Gregory Vincent, Vice President of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, currently chairs the Management Board. Dr. Vincent works in collaboration with Melissa Chavez, executive director of UT Elementary, in regards to initiatives related to the school.
Open Management Board meetings are held at the school during the academic year on each of the last Tuesdays of each month.
Vice President for DDCE Welcome Letter!
2016-17 Management Board meetings, 8:30 am-9:30 am: TBD
The UT Elementary School 2015-2016 Management Board Members:
- Dr. Edwin Sharpe, Chair, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education
- Mr. Randy Ramirez, Vice-Chair, Consultant at OilCM
- Ms. Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts
- Ms. Kathy Armenta, Member, UT Austin Faculty, School of Social Work, Clinical Associate Professor
- Dr. Anthony Brown, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
- Dr. Brian Bryant, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Special Education, College of Education
- Ms. Jenn Goluch, UTES Parent Representative, Manager of Service Coordination, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
- Dr. Melissa Chavez, Non-voting Member, UT Austin Staff, Associate Vice President and Superintendent of the UTCSS
- Dr. Ed Emmer, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
- Ms. Suzon Kemp, Community Representative, Community Supporter
- Dr. Dolly Lambdin, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education, Clinical Professor
- Dr. William Lasher, Member, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, Professor Emeritus
- Mr. Gregory Perrin, Member, UT Austin Staff, Associate Vice President and Executive Director for Development
- Ms. Pamela Powell, Member, UT Austin Staff, UTeach Science Program, College of Natural Sciences
- Ms. Candice Young, Community Representative, Associate Director of Constituent Relations at Texas Exes
- Dr. Victor Saenz, UT Austin Faculty, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, Associate Professor