Stephen F. Austin High School

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  • Verification of Enrollment and Attendace (VOE)
  • Transcript Request
  • Final Exam Waiver
  • Final Exam Schedule
  • Absence Information
  • Tardies
  • Saturday School
  • Parking
  • Schedule Changes
  • Off Periods
  • Student IDs
  • Teacher Change Requests
  • Textbooks
  • Tutoring

Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE)

The VOE is a form required by Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS)  to provide official documentation of a student's enrollment and attendance status when applying for an instruction permit or driver license to operate a motor vehicle.  The DPS requires VOEs with original signatures.

Requests for VOEs may be made in person at the Austin High Administrative Offices or using this online form.  

  • Please allow 24 hours for the VOE to be processed.
  • VOEs may be picked up at the office M-F, 8:00-4:30

At Austin High, our PEIMS Clerk, Vanessa Estrada, handles all VOE requests.  Contact Vanessa at (512) 414-7217 or vanessa.estrada@austinisd.org

Transcript Request

Please contact the Registrars for information on Transcripts.

Final Exam Waiver Information

Final Exam Waivers are available for Juniors and Seniors. See the first floor AP office or your teacher for information about waivers and to get a copy of the form.

General Criteria to qualify:

  • 85% average or higher by Monday, December 7th
  • No more than 3 absences. Only SCH, MED or Religious codes are accepted
  • 3 Tardies count as one absence for waiver purposes only
  • Only available to juniors and seniors
  • Alternative project required. Attendance on exam day required

Absences

  • PROCEDURE AFTER ABSENCE: When absent for sickness or medical reasons, it is very important for the student to bring an appropriate note from a parent or doctor's office in order to excuse the absence.  This note, per District policy, must be provided to the attendance clerk in the main office within 48 hours upon the student's return.  Failure to do so will result in the absence being coded as unexcused.  Unexcused absences can lead to loss of credit in one or more classes (below). Parents may also email the Attendance Clerk, Patty Ballin (patricia.ballin@austinisd.org). You may also call Ms. Ballin with any attendance related questions at 414-7214. If notes are not received within two days of return to school, the absence will remain unexcused. Phone calls are not necessary and do not excuse an absence. Notes may be faxed to 414-7373. Remember to always include: Student name, student ID number, and grade level, date of absence, reason for the absence, parent signature and phone number.
  • SCHEDULED ABSENSES: Please send your student with a note. Have your student bring the note to the Attendance Office to get a Check Out Pass. Your student may leave school and meet you outside ONLY if he/she has a pass. If you do not send your student with a note for a pass you will need to sign him/her out in the Attendance Office (2nd floor office). Phone calls for student pick up are not accepted
  • COLLEGE VISITS:  Juniors & Seniors can take 2 excused absences to visit colleges outside of Austin each year (up to 4 total). Upon their return to school, students should bring a parent note as well as a brochure, plane ticket, or other relevant evidence to verify the visit.
  • EXCESSIVE ABSENCES (LOSS OF COURSE CREDIT): State Law requires that students be present 90% of the time for a student to receive course credit.  On the block schedule,  this translates into a student losing credit when the student has 5 or more absences in a semester.  When this happens, the student should immediately see his or her assistant principal to make arrangements to make up the absences and restore credit.  Except under rare circumstances, the assistant principal will assign Saturday School to make up the absences and require that the student stop being absent.  When a student receives no credit due to absences, the class is said to have an "NC."
  • QUESTIONS: Students should be sure to see their assistant principal to get an accurate account of their absences to set up plans or getting excessive absences (NCs) made up.

Tardies

Students are expected to be on time to their classes. Students that are repeatedly tardy to class both disrupt and miss instruction. Each six-weeks grading period, a student may not be tardy on more than two occasions to any one class without facing discipline consequences.

On the 3rd tardy, the student is assigned Saturday School (link above). More than 3 tardies will result in further Saturday School's being assigned. Please do not be tardy to class, but if you are, be sure to attend Saturday School when assigned. Failure to attend will result in a discipline referral being generated and In-School Suspension being assigned. 

SATURDAY SCHOOL FOR TARDIES

Students must serve 30 minutes or more of Saturday School for having 3 or more tardies to a class.  For each tardy above 2 in one grading period, the teacher assigns 30 minutes of Saturday School time.  If the student fails to attend, he or she gets a 2nd chance the following Saturday but must serve a full hour.  If more tardies have accumulated since the student was first assigned, he or she must serve that time as well.  If the student fails to serve the time, one of the tardy monitors writes a referral and the student's administrator assigns a full day of in-school suspension. 

Saturday School

  • Saturday School serves more than one purpose.  It serves as a penalty for tardies and other behaviors.  It also serves as a way for students to make up absences and clear credits held due to absences (NCs). If you are attending for this reason, be sure to sign in on the correct form and check the "NC Clearance" block on the sign-in sheet.  Students that are part of the Delta program may serve their time in the Delta Lab.
  • A student may attend Saturday School a maximum of 5 times per semester in order to make up abences. Saturday begins at 8:00 am and ends at noon.  If you are assigned or need to attend, please do not be late.  You will not be admitted.
  • Community service is NOT ACCEPTED to make up absences.  All time made up must be done at school.

Parking

All students parking on campus must have an Austin High parking permit and must park in designated student parking areas. Parking permits cost $15 and are issued by Ms. Estrada in the main office in the 2nd floor. The student must complete a parking permit application and present both a valid driver's license and proof of insurance (the student's name must be on the proof of insurance).

The school has a parking attendant who is responsible for issuing tickets and applying parking boots (for repeated violaters). Fines are as follows:

  • 1st Violation - $15
  • 2nd Violation - $25
  • 3rd Violation - $35
  • 4th Violation - $50
  • Repeated violations beyond 4 - Vehicle is immobilized by a parking boot. The fine is $50 to remove the boot.

Tickets must be paid promptly otherwise parking privileges may be revoked. Other campus privileges may be revoked as well. Repeated or serious violations may also result in discipline consequences such as Saturday School, ISS, etc.

Schedule Changes

We cannot overemphasize the importance of choosing your classes wisely. Talk with each of your core teachers (math, science, social studies, and english) as well as your elective teachers and ask them what classes you should take next year. Be sure to talk this over carefully with your parents and your counselor.

Creating 8 classes for approximately 2000 students is not easy. We try to accomodate all requests based on students' and parents' desires together with the knowledge of what core classes each student needs to graduate. It is virtually impossible to give each student what he or she wants every time, but we do are best to minimize scheduling conflicts thereby producing the best possible schedule for each student.

STUDENTS: WHEN YOU GET YOUR DRAFT SCHEDULE OVER THE SUMMER...

  • Look it over carefully. If there is a problem, it is imperative that you come up to school on the appropriate day in early August. The dates and times are included with the schedule mail-out during the summer. At that time, you can meet with you counselor to see if your change request can be accomodated.
  • Changes to schedules will only be made for the following reasons:
    • Corrections of clerical errors in course data entry
    • Resolution of course conflicts
    • Removal of courses for which the student has already earned credit
    • Corrections due to missing prerequisites
    • Level changes between Pre-AP/Grade-Level or AP/Grade-Level
    • For seniors, addition of any courses not already taken which are required for graduation
  • After the dates in August set aside for change you will be expected to follow the schedule that you are handed in advisory on the first day of school.

STUDENTS: ONCE SCHOOL HAS STARTED.

It is very likely your schedule change will not be possible. Once all of our teachers are scheduled to classes, it will be difficult to find space in those classes for new students. Additionally, changes will only be made for the reasons noted above. ALWAYS CHOOSE YOUR SCHEDULE VERY CAREFULLY!!

Follow the schedule handed to you on the first day of school. If there is a problem, you may sign up between classes to see your counselor. The counselors will work first to fix students' schedules with missing classes (holes in their schedules) and will then proceed to call in other students (in the order in which the students signed up).

Call or email your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Off Period Request

Student IDs

Students are issued a school ID at the beginning of the school year. New students must have their picture taken. Previous students will find that their IDs contains the images from their previous school pictures.

Replacement IDs: If an ID is lost or stolen, a replacement may be obtained in the AP office on the first floor. The cost of the replacement is $3.  

Textbooks

Textbooks are distributed at the beginning of each school year. Each class has a "reservation" day and time during which the students go to the bookroom together to check out books. For students that do not get their textbooks before school starts, there are limited opportunities to get textbooks during the school year. These times, usually before or after school or at lunch, will be announced. To avoid getting behind in one's studies, it is strongly recommended that textbooks be acquired with the corresonding class at the beginning of the school year. The student is financially responsible for his or her textbooks and should keep them in his or her possession, at home, or locked away at all times. If a book needs to be replaced, the student and parent are responsible for the cost of the original book. Until such time as the obligation is taken care of, the student may not be allowed to check out other textbooks, check out library books, buy prom tickets, or obtain a parking permit. If you lose a book and need to pay for it, come to the assistant principal's office.

Tutoring

Each teacher has tutoring times available. To seek help from a teacher, please consult the teacher's syllabus or contact the teacher directly to determine when tutoring is available.

Austin High also has a tutoring center before and after school (Room 264). There is a tutor available in all four core subject areas (English, math, social studies, and science). Tutoring is available M-F before school (7:45 - 8:45 am) and M-Th after school (4:30 - 5:45 pm). Two late buses are available to take students home (in our attendance zones). One runs to the eastside and one to the Oak Hill area. Only students that have attended tutoring and received a tutoring pass are allowed to take these buses.