Stephen F. Austin High School

The 3 Initiatives

The 3 Initiatives: What are they?

The 3 initiatives are proactive steps our faculty and staff take to ensure our students receive the best education. This is achieved by bringing focus to collaborative work and the alignment of resources in order to enhance the AHS experienced and by having teachers embrace the idea that we want students to achieve academically, socially, and emotionally.

21st Century Teaching and Learning

  • Student Engagement

    • Preparing teachers to create lesson and unit design that engages students at the highest level to maximize deep learning, show mastery of content, and make connections to the world. 

  • Commons areas 

    • Students have access to common areas throughout the building to work collaboratively with peers, charge devices, and access the student cloud through the internet.

  • Early Adopters and Academies

    • Early adopters of 21st century teaching and learning engage in problem-based learning (PBL) professional development, create flexible learning opportunities, promote blended learning through technology-rich learning experiences, explore learning management systems, and serve as a mentor/model classroom for high student engagement.

  • Innovation Lab (iLab)

    • A place where students can explore their interests and talents, creatively design products, work collaboratively with peers to solve problems, utilize digital resources, and tap into projection devices. 

  • Library Redesign

    • Converting the library into a space that allows for flexible learning. Comfortable seating arrangements will allow for various types of meeting configurations. Multiple devices are available for student use based on the learning outcome (i.e. iPads, Chromebooks, Laptops, Desktops). 

Community Engagement

  • Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

    • Ensure a welcoming and supportive environment for students and parents 

    • Students and staff participate in Circles of Care to address social-emotional learning needs.

  • Parent and Community Engagement

    • PTSA 

    • Principal coffee

    • Parent Education Series

    • “Loyal Forever” Alumni Network

    • Student Education Series

  • Communication of Programming and Services

  • Vertical Team alignment and outreach

Marketing of Programing & Services

  • Academies model for core academics: 

    • Academy for Classical Studies

    • Academy for Global Studies

    • Academy of High Technology

    • Academy of Science & Innovation

  • Elective Course Offerings: 

    • Fine Arts


    • Humanities

    • Athletics/PE

    • World Languages

  • Support Services

    • FIT/Advisory

    • Academic and Guidance Counselors

    • College and Career Center

    • Tutoring Center

    • Innovation Lab

    • Library open before and after school

    • Camus-Based Counseling Referral Program

    • Special Education

    • 504

    • ELL

    • GT

  • Clubs and Organizations

  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

    • SEL is a research driven approach based on the tenets of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills. Students learn critical life skills such as managing emotions, solving problems effectively and establishing positive relationships. 

  • 9th Grade Initiative

    • We understand how important each student’s freshmen year in high school is toward their entire high school career. To help with the transition period from middle to high school, two administrators are assigned to the freshmen class as well support classes like MAPs and AVID. 

  • College and Career Readiness

    • We strive for the highest honors at AHS. Our students are academically challenged with advanced placement (AP) classes, TSI prep courses, and dual credit classes. Our AP classes prepare students for life after high school at the college level.