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About the Eanes Independent School District

LocationNestled In Hills
Facts
Vertical Alignment
Advanced Level Courses
Gifted and Talented

Supporting Student Success
Special Education
Guidance
Child Care and Preschool Program
After School Program
Community Service
Community Education
Extracurricular Activities
Points of Pride
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Location:

Nestled in the hills of west Austin, including the communities of Rollingwood and Westlake, the Eanes Independent School District consists of six elementary schools that feed into the two middle schools, which in turn, feed into one high school.  This feeder system and the district's relatively small size (about 7,490 students) results in a tightly knit community committed to excellence. Read more...  

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Facts

We have much to be proud of in Eanes ISD:

  • The percentage of students scoring at the commended level on the TAKS test in nearly every subject at every grade level was at least twice the state average in 2009. 
  • Scores on the ACT tests exceeded state and national averages by 27 and 24 percent respectively in 2009.
  • Scores on the SAT tests exceeded state and national averages by 20 and 18 percent respectively in 2009. 
  • Newsweek magazine ranks Westlake High School as one of the best high schools in the US. 
  • In 2009, all nine Eanes schools were ranked “Exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
  • 95% of students met the TAKS standard in all subjects.
  • 98.6% of our high school students continue on to college.

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Eanes 12 - K Philosophy of Vertical Alignment

EISD’s curriculum is aligned grade by grade with the goal of our students’ achieving success in college and beyond, rather than just high school graduation.

EISD provides an outstanding education to its students through a top-down approach and vertical alignment of the educational experience.  While most districts design curricula beginning at Kindergarten and progressing to 12th grade, EISD focuses on the desired end result:  a well-rounded, highly educated, highly desired college candidate who is prepared for the rigors of the most demanding colleges in the world.  The programs at the high school are designed to open any door for a Westlake graduate.  The set of courses for Hill Country and West Ridge Middle Schools are designed to produce fully prepared high school freshmen.  Similarly, the elementary school curriculum is designed to produce fully prepared sixth-graders entering middle school.  EISD offers a myriad of opportunities in academics, the arts, athletics, and virtually any other passion that a student wishes to pursue.

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Advanced Level Courses

The College Board-sponsored Advanced Placement (AP) program offers 40 college level courses that high schools can adopt.  Westlake High School offers coursework that prepares students for national assessments in 31 specific AP courses, placing the Westlake program among the broadest of all public or private school in central Texas.  Fourty percent of Eanes students are enrolled in one or more advanced classes year to year.  Further, 80% of AP Exams taken by students have earned a passing score of 3 or more. 

AP and pre-AP courses are open to any Westlake student.  The success of so many Westlake students in these advanced courses is made possible by a planned continuum of challenging courses from 12th grade extending to second grade:  Westlake High School offers “pre-AP” classes in the disciplines of Math, English, Social Studies, Science and Foreign Languages; our two middle schools offer advanced classes in Math, English, and Foreign Languages; and our six elementary schools offer advanced classes in Math and English to meet the needs of advanced students.

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Gifted and Talented

The gifted and talented (GT) program provides extended enrichment beyond that which is already a part of the regular classroom experience for those students who exhibit high academic ability and creative problem solving ability.  Unlike many other school districts, which provide GT services in the regular classroom, EISD employs dedicated GT teachers who specialize in challenging these students.  More specific information can be found at Read more...

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Supporting Student Success

Children benefit most when any barriers to learning are identified and overcome as early, quickly and thoroughly as possible.  Therefore, Eanes kindergarten through second grade teachers are specially trained to recognize learning differences in a child that may diminish the child’s ability to thrive in the classroom. In the Early Intervention Program, teachers work with learning specialists to provide the necessary support to close the achievement gap between a struggling learner and his or her grade-level peers.  Also, at middle school or high school, if a student needs extra time or support to master a particular topic, his or her teacher can call upon the resources of the Content Mastery Program.  This program provides instructional reinforcement and alternative learning strategies and opportunities to take tests in a quiet environment to enable students to master the regular curriculum.  Back to Top

Special Education

The goal of the Eanes curriculum is to challenge every student.  If a child is determined to be eligible for special education services, a team of Eanes specialists use or develop high-quality systems of support for the child and also coordinate services for the parents, including parent workshops and individual consultations.  Students receive services in the least restrictive environment with an emphasis on access to the general education curriculum.  A committee of professionals is responsible for meeting annually with parents to discuss the child’s ongoing development and the attainment of specific goals, ensuring that each child benefits from these educational interventions.  Back to Top

Guidance 

Every campus, at every level, has dedicated guidance counselors.  At the elementary and middle school levels, the guidance program focuses on responsible social behavior, decision making, and goal setting.  EISD also implements a comprehensive guidance program at the high school level designed to identify each individual's strengths and to guide his or her educational choices to maximize those strengths.  Read more...

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Child Care and Preschool Program 

The Eanes Child Development Center offers child care and preschool services for children ages six weeks to five years.  The caring professionals who staff the Center undergo regular staff development training.  The Center maintains a waiting list for those families interested in its excellent services.  Read more...  

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After School Program 

Eanes offers an after-school program at each elementary school campus.  At EASY Care, K-5 students enjoy supervised playtime on the playground, snack time, arts and crafts, homework time, and other age-appropriate activities. Read more...

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Community Service 

Academic success and strong extracurricular programs are an important part of the high school experience, but they would be incomplete without a community focus.  Eanes students are encouraged to contribute significantly to the community, learning to see beyond their personal needs to the good of the community as a whole. Read more...

 
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Community Education 

The EISD Community Education Program is dedicated to providing quality education to all members of the community, regardless of age.  The diverse offerings run the gamut from academia to entertainment; from hobbies to life skills.  The Community Education Program enhances the return on the tax investment made in EISD, maximizing the buildings and other physical assets, paid for with public funds, in service to everyone.  Read more...

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Extracurricular Activities

Two-thirds of Westlake High School Students are involved in extracurricular activities and have achieved extraordinary success at local, state and even national levels.  Extracurricular activities abound at the middle and high school levels, and are a central pillar of the Eanes community.  Traditional sports and fine arts activities are strongly represented.  Because of the number of students involved, many less traditional activities are available.  Even many elementary schools have leadership activities such as Student Council.  In short, there is a place for everyone and everyone can easily find like-minded friends who share their interests. Read more...

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Points of Pride

  • All nine schools and the district are rated as Exemplary in 2009 state accountability ratings. Eanes ISD is one of the largest districts in the state to receive the top rating, and Westlake is one of a small number of 5-A Exemplary high schools.
  • Athletic teams consistently are successful in district, regional and state competition and our student-athletes frequently receive individual honors. Westlake won boys’ golf and team tennis state titles in 2008-09, and in fall of 2009 the football and volleyball teams were state runners-up.
  • Eanes ISD had seven Destination Imagination teams earn the right to compete in the 2010 Global Finals. We anticipate that all groups will finish among the top 20 when they compete May 26 – 29.
  • Westlake High School has been ranked as one of the best high schools in the United States by Newsweek magazine each year the list has been compiled.
  • Choirs, bands and orchestras at the middle and high school level consistently earn the highest ratings possible at competitive events. In addition, many groups have been invited to perform at venues such as statewide conferences and even Carnegie Hall.
  • EISD schools have experienced much success in UIL (University Interscholastic League) academic competitions. West Ridge and Hill Country have placed one-two several times in recent years at the middle school district meet.
  • West Ridge Middle School, Barton Creek Elementary and Forest Trail Elementary were named to the 2009 Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll.
  • Westlake High School consistently places high in the Lone Star Cup standings, which is based on statewide success in athletic and academic competitions.
  • Westlake has received the College Readiness Award from the Texas ACT Council each of the past two years. The award is based on the increase in the number of students taking the ACT and students’ level of achievement over a five-year period.
  • The percentage of Eanes students scoring at the TAKS Commended level in typically about twice the state average on most tests. Students are required to answer a high percentage of questions correctly (90 or above on most tests) in order to reach this mark.
  • For the past several years, the numbers of students from Westlake High School named as National Merit finalists has increased, including an impressive 32 finalists in 2009-10.
  • Most WHS students take an Advanced Placement or pre-AP course. Approximately 80 percent of students who take AP exams earn a score of 3 or higher, which can earn college credit.
  • The average scores of Westlake students on the SAT and ACT tests greatly exceed those in the state and nation, generally by about 20 percent or more.
  • West Ridge Middle School won the National Gold Medal in the 2010 American Scholastic Achievement League competition, recording the highest scores of any school in the country.
  • As a district, EISD consistently earns a high number of Gold Performance Acknowledgments from the state of Texas and all nine campuses earned multiple acknowledgements.
  • Individual students have won state and national recognition in essay writing, photography, art, speech/debate, and many other areas. The El Paisano yearbook won a 2009 Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association.  Read more...

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