Green Tech Academy

Welcome to Clint Small’s
Green Tech Academy!

Thanks for checking us out! We are Clint Small Middle School, but there is nothing small about us. With over 1200 students,  we offer a variety of courses that cater to all types of interests. Whether programming robots in our Pre-engineering program, milking goats to make soap or growing and cooking your own food, students from all over Austin come to our school to explore, learn and have fun.  

If you live outside of our attendance zone and are interested in becoming a CSMS Cougar, you are in the right place. Explore this page to learn more about the application process and to sign up for a tour.

If you have any questions please email


We are excited to begin offering tours for current 5th, 6th or 7th graders in October. Tours will be offered through early February. Please click the link below to view the available dates and times and sign up for the most convenient tour.

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. We will host tours for students in 4th grade and younger in May 2020.

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 2020-21 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
  • water harvesting

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

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, app design, and more
  • options to earn high school credit with select tech electives

Important Dates



Please contact Jennifer Newell at if you have any questions.



The application to apply to our Green Tech Academy is now Closed
October 15th, 2019 – February 7th, 2020.


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.

If you submit a transfer request for a priority or general transfer prior to applying to this program, acceptance into this program will supersede an approved priority or general transfer.

START HERE We will re-open the application process on October 15th 2020

Important Question: Do you live in Small Middle School Attendance boundaries? 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.

STEP 1: Did you fill out your intent to apply to Small? This tells AISD that you would like to go to a school other than your home school next year. 

  • Yes – Go to Step 2
  • No – go to
    • If you have a former or existing AISD Student, Click the magnify glass and type in “AISD Intent to apply”. Follow the instructions.
    • If you are new, or are having trouble creating or logging in to the parent Cloud account, go to Click here for instructions – or call 512-414-9187

Step 2: The deadline has passed for the 20-21 school year. DEADLINE February 7th, 2020. This let’s Small Middle School know that you are applying to our Green Tech Academy.

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. IOWA Assessment) and most recent semester report card grades must be submitted to Small before the application deadline.

Step 3: Show up to your essay date (you specify this on the application).

  • 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, or hand deliver to our front office. You will still need to complete the AISD Intent to Apply form via the Parent Cloud.