3 more new Austin ISD campuses are opening in spring—here is where construction stands on schools funded by the $1B bond

Norman-Sims Elementary School on Tannehill Lane in East Austin will hold a virtual grand opening celebration for its new school campus Feb. 11. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Norman-Sims Elementary School on Tannehill Lane in East Austin will hold a virtual grand opening celebration for its new school campus Feb. 11. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Norman-Sims Elementary School on Tannehill Lane in East Austin will hold a virtual grand opening celebration for its new school campus Feb. 11. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

More than three years after voters passed a $1 billion Austin ISD bond, six new campuses funded with bond dollars have opened.

Eleven campuses are under construction, and two others, a new middle school in the Mueller area and LBJ Early College High School, are still in the design phase.


The next three schools set to hold grand opening celebrations this spring include Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and Murchison Middle School, the first two secondary campuses to be open. The district has not yet announced the grand opening dates for those schools. A virtual ceremony for the new Norman-Sims Elementary School, which opened to staff in December, is set for Feb. 11.

Schools that have opened

  • Bear Creek Elementary School: opened October 2020, $36.2 million budget

  • Blazier Elementary School relief campus: opened October 2020, $50.5 million budget

  • Doss Elementary School: opened October 2020, $43 million budget

  • Govalle Elementary School: opened March 2020, $32.6 million budget

  • Menchaca Elementary School: opened January 2020, $33.4 million budget

  • T.A. Brown Elementary School: opened January 2020, $30.8 million budget


Schools under construction


  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders: opening scheduled for spring 2021, $70.4 million budget

  • Austin High School: opening scheduled for fall 2022, $30.2 million budget

  • Bowie High School: opening scheduled for summer 2022, $91 million budget

  • Brentwood Elementary School: opening scheduled for summer 2022, $35.8 million budget

  • Casis Elementary School: opening scheduled for fall 2022, $30.2 million budget

  • Eastside Memorial Early College High School & International High School: opening scheduled for summer 2021, $80.7 million budget

  • Hill Elementary School: opening scheduled for fall 2021, $17.8 million budget

  • Murchison Middle School: opening scheduled for spring 2021, $25.3 million budget

  • Norman-Sims Elementary School: grand opening ceremony scheduled Feb. 11, $25 million budget

  • Rosedale School: opening scheduled for spring 2022, $40.1 million budget

  • Sanchez Elementary School: opening scheduled for summer 2021, $25 million budget


Schools in design phase


  • LBJ Early College High School: construction scheduled August 2021-July 2022, $25.6 million budget

  • New Northeast Middle School: construction schedule to be determined, $70 million budget. According to an email from Austin ISD operations officer Matias Segura, "challenges during the negotiations" regarding the real estate purchase for the site have delayed construction.


This story is part of Community Impact Newspaper's Annual Community Guide, which takes a look at the biggest development, education, health care, government and local business stories for the year ahead.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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