Green Tech Academy

Tours

Tours for current 5th graders and older will begin in late September and continue through early February. We will host tours for students in 4th grade and younger in May 2019. If your student attends one of our vertical team elementary schools (Patton, Oak Hill, Mills, or Baldwin) all 5th graders will have an opportunity to visit our campus in early spring prior to completing their choice sheets.

About our Program

The Clint Small Middle School Green Tech Program includes innovative course offerings in environmental studies and technology. CSMS is a National “Green Ribbon” school, and the first school in Texas to earn the Eco-Schools USA Green Flag Award from the National Wildlife Federation.

Our unique program allows students to select an academic track that focuses on the environment, technology, or a blend of the two. The Green Tech curriculum includes a wide variety of visionary electives, including many opportunities for outdoor learning, project-based learning, and team collaboration among students.

Check out our 2018-19 course guide to learn more about the various electives offered.

Over the years, students, teachers, and volunteers have transformed more than 4,000 square feet of barren space surrounding our campus into native habitat for ruby-throated hummingbirds, monarch butterflies, songbirds, small mammals and more. They have built a greenhouse, a meditative labyrinth, wildflower gardens, a rain garden, and a reconstructed prairie. They also have productive food gardens, orchards, and habitat corridors.

Highlights of the Green Academy include:

  • more than 300 native plant species planted by students
  • outdoor classroom spaces and greenhouse
  • raising chickens, ducks, goats, and sheep
  • composting, recycling, and
  • water harvesting

To learn more about what some of our Green Academy students have been up to, visit the In Small Gardens blog.

Highlights of the Tech Academy include:
  • STEM Advanced Learner program leading students to high school math and science courses in the 8th grade
  • Project Lead the Way pre-engineering curriculum
  • state-of-the-art Career and Technical Education (CTE) wing
  • classes in robotics, animation, engineering, web design, and more
  • options to earn high school credit with select tech electives

DO YOU NEED TO APPLY?

Please contact Rachael Steyaert at rachael.steyaert@austinisd.org if you have any questions.

APPLICATION SCHEDULE 

Applications for the 2019-20 school year will open in November 2018. For a general idea about the application process, view last year’s application, but please keep in mind that many details are subject to change.

The window to apply for a 2018-19 Green Tech Academy curriculum transfer is now closed.

STEPS TO APPLY

The application is only for students who live OUTSIDE the Small attendance area. Please DO NOT complete an application if you live within the Small attendance zone. If you are unsure, look up your home school on the AISD website by entering your address.

Applicants who are accepted to the CSMS Green Tech Academy on curriculum transfer must provide their own transportation. Our school is on the Capital Metro 311 and 5 bus routes. (Bus passes for economically disadvantaged students may be provided by scholarship.)

  • STEP 1: Complete the AISD Common Application.
    All applicants must complete the AISD Common Application available through your Parent Cloud account. If you do not see the Common Application tile when you log in to your Parent Cloud account, click on the magnifying glass and type “Common Application”. Please note the Common App is NOT “Registration”. All students in AISD must update their Registration annually. Non-AISD families will need to set-up a temporary account to complete the Common Application. You can do this at https://my.austinisd.org
  • STEP 2: Submit the Small Green Tech Application online during the application window (typically applications are accepted November through January or early February of the year prior to admission).

Current Austin ISD Students: By submitting the online application form you give permission for our staff to access your student’s STAAR scores and report card grades directly from AISD’s Information System.
Non-AISD students: STAAR or other standardized test scores (e.g. ITBS) and most recent semester report card grades must be submitted to Small before the application deadline.

  • Please note: Teacher recommendations are NOT required.

To submit a paper copy of the application, please download this document, print, complete, and submit. You may submit via email to rachael.steyaert@austinisd.org, fax to 512-841-6703, or hand deliver to our front office. You will still need to complete the AISD Common Application via the Parent Cloud. Please note the Common Application is a different form from “Registration”, which will open in early spring 2019. All students must update their Registration annually. If you do not see the Common Application tile when you log into your Parent Cloud, click on the magnifying glass and type “Common Application” to do a search.