Curriculum

Photo credit: Summitt PTA

Photo credit: Summitt PTA

Austin ISD’s guaranteed and viable curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), College and Career Readiness Standards(CCRS), English Language Proficiency Standards(ELPS), and 21st Century Skills. The AISD curriculum promotes high expectations for student achievement.  The Foundation subjects include English Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  Read more on AISD’s Curriculum site.

Learn more about Texas Education Agency (TEA)  requirements for Curriculum and Testing:

Special Areas

ART
Art instruction is provided by a specialist in grades K-5. Student artwork is displayed on campus and in the community.

COMPUTER LAB AND TECHNOLOGY
Thirty Dell computers are housed in the computer lab. Each classroom has at least one computer. Multiple mini-labs are available in commons/classroom areas. Robotics is incorporated into the curriculum in multiple grades.

LIBRARY
All students will visit the library with classes, in small groups, or individually, for book check-out, storytelling, and skills activities.

MUSIC
Music instruction is provided by a specialist in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Students in third through fifth grade participate in an annual city-wide Music Memory Contest. Fourth and fifth graders can try out for choir and participate in the Recorder Festival held each year. Students should wear shoes that will stay on their feet during movement activities.

ONE WORLD SCHOOLS
Beginning in 2013, Summitt Elementary and the Anderson High School vertical team take part in a Foreign Language Experience Program (FLEX) called One World Schools. Along with the other elementary schools in Summitt’s vertical team, Summitt provides foreign language instruction to first through fifth graders. Students receive lessons in foreign language and culture, once a week, from a highly trained teacher who travels between the campuses. The five languages are Spanish (1st grade), French (2nd grade), German (3rd grade), Chinese (4th grade), and Latin (5th grade). Summitt is home to the 3rd grade German teacher.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Physical Education instruction is provided by a specialist in kindergarten through fifth grade. Your child needs to be equipped for Physical Education class in the following ways:

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing (no dresses on P.E. days)
  • Wear tennis shoes, sneakers (no hard sole, cleated shoes, boots, sandals, or jellies) If your child is unable to participate fully in P.E., he/she needs to bring a note from the parents. If non-participation exceeds two days, a doctor’s note is required. Children having medical problems that may be affected by physical exertion will need an explanation in writing sent to the P.E. specialist.

After school activities may be available. Students are encouraged to participate in running events (cross country and Marathon Kids) throughout the year.

Specialized Instruction

GIFTED AND TALENTED
Kindergarten-fifth grade students are identified in the fall or spring semester for the gifted and talented program. G/T students work independently, in small groups with other G/T students, and in large groups with students of varying abilities.

ESL AND BILINGUAL EDUCATION 
Summitt Education provides English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Programs for Spanish and Vietnamese speakers. Learn more from AISD.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Summitt Elementary hosts an early childhood program for 4 year olds to prepare them for Kindergarten. Learn more to see if your child qualifies.

PPCD
The public school program for young children, ages 3-5, is called the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities. Summitt Elementary hosts a PPCD program. Learn more about PPCD and find out how to qualify from Texas First.

LIFE SKILLS
This public school program helps children with unique needs to increase their quality of life, improve their self esteem and improve their functioning. Learn more on AISD’s website about the Life Skills Program.

SPECIAL EDUCATION
AISD is committed to meeting the unique needs students. Services are determined based on the students needs.  Access to and progress in the general curriculum is the primary instructional goal for all services, thus IEPs are crafted within a standards-based framework for all students with a disability.