Plus, all-day cafe and bar Recreation will open in east Austin in July.
 
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🍎 Your cheat sheet to local schools
A group of people stand in a parking lot in front of Lehman High, as seen from above.
Hays CISD has roughly two dozen schools, including Lehman High School.|Photo provided by Hays CISD.
Summertime is synonymous with moving season. If you’re new to Austin or recently relocated within the area, you may have new material to learn about what school district you’re in.

We’re giving you the 411 on enrollment, student-teacher ratio, graduation rates, and more for the area’s major school districts. But don’t worry, there won’t be any homework.

Before class begins, here are four fast facts about ATX schools:
  • The high school graduation rate is ~89%.
  • The minority enrollment at AISD is ~69%.
  • Roughly 52% of AISD students are economically disadvantaged.
  • Austin is also home to 120+ private schools — learn more about them here.
Austin ISD
  • Number of schools: 116
  • Number of students: ~73,384
  • Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
  • No. 64 most diverse school district in Texas
  • 93% graduation rate
Bastrop ISD
  • Number of schools: 16
  • Number of students: ~13,000
  • Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
  • No. 561 most diverse school district in Texas
  • 95% graduation rate
Del Valle ISD
  • Number of schools: 14
  • Number of students: ~11,000
  • Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
  • No. 9 district with the best teachers in Texas
  • 92% graduation rate
A person in the distance walks out of Wagner Middle School.

Wagner Middle School is one of ~20 schools in Georgetown ISD.

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Photo provided by Georgetown ISD.

Dripping Springs ISD
  • Number of schools: 8
  • Number of students: ~8,000
  • Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
  • No. 8 district with the best teachers in Texas
  • 98% graduation rate
Eanes ISD
  • Number of schools: 10
  • Number of students: ~7,900
  • Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
  • No. 1 best school district in Texas
  • 99% graduation rate
Elgin ISD
  • Number of schools: 9
  • Number of students: ~5,500
  • Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
  • No. 4 most diverse school district in Bastrop County
  • 82% graduation rate
Georgetown ISD
  • Number of schools: 21
  • Number of students: ~13,500
  • Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
  • No. 3 best school district for athletes in Williamson County
  • 93% graduation rate
 
Asked
 
What is the average public school student to teacher ratio in the US?

A. 10:1
B. 15:1
C. 17:1
D. 25:1
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, July 2
  • Cool Store Comedy Stand-Up | Tuesday, July 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Lazarus Brewing Co., 1902 E. 6th St., Austin | Free | Hosted by Sam Noorani and Destiny Lalane, this show brings together talented comedians in Austin for a night full of laughs.
  • The Drag Queen Game Show! | Tuesday, July 2 | 8 p.m. | The Highball, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin | Free | This event is inspired by old-school game shows, complete with mini-games and interactive elements for the audience.
Wednesday, July 3
  • “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” | Wednesday, July 3 | 8 p.m. | Meanwhile Brewing Co., 3901 Promontory Point Dr., Austin | Free | Bring your picnic blankets to lounge while you watch the movie and snack on food truck eats.
  • Disco Libertá | Wednesday, July 3 | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | Volstead Lounge, 1500 E. 6th St., Austin | Free | Celebrate America’s birthday on the dance floor with frozen drinks and El Borracho tacos.
Thursday, July 4
  • Music & Margaritas: Fourth of July Independence Celebration | Thursday, July 4 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, 700 San Jacinto Blvd., at E. 8th S., Austin | $40-$200 | Grab a ticket on ResortPass for this all-day celebration with themed drinks, poolside bites, games, and music from a live DJ.
  • Launderette’s Sixth Annual Lobster & Friends | Thursday, July 4 | 12-8 p.m. | Launderette, 2115 Holly St., Austin | $75 | Have a Fourth of July feast with a seafood boil featuring lobster, shrimp, crab, clams, and more.
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🦖 Travel back in time at this local museum
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Mark your calendars for Dinosaur Day on July 13 — the museum will offer educational and interactive activities.|Photos provided by Texas Science & Natural History Museum; GIF by ATXtoday
Ever wonder what life was like in the Lone Star State millions of years ago?

Located on the UT Austin campus, the Texas Science & Natural History Museum takes Austinites on a journey from the formation of our planet through the age of dinosaurs to present day.

Experience natural history firsthand through innovative exhibits, including:
  • Texas Titans | Walk below the 33-foot wingspan of a pterosaur
  • Texas Wildlife | Explore our state’s diverse animals and ecoregions
  • Texas Transformation Gallery | Explore a paleogeographic time-lapse animation
 
News Notes
 
Eat
  • Bastrop-based restaurant Ma’Coco will bring a new all-day cafe and bar concept to the former Drop Kick site in east Austin sometime in July. The menu at Recreation, 1630 E. 6th St., will feature New American dishes like wagyu burgers, fish and chips, chicken wings, and more. (Eater Austin)
Civic
  • The City of Austin is installing permanent safety improvements around Lady Bird Lake near Rainey Street. Crews are working to add 20 light fixtures, security lighting, new split rail fencing, and gates to block pedestrian access to the lake. (KUT)
Pets
  • Austin Pets Alive! is on a mission to parade 250 pets into new homes before a fireworks show takes place next to the main shelter on the Fourth of July. The “Parade Them Out” special discounts all adoption fees by 50% through Wednesday, July 3.
Edu
  • Texas Longhorn students get the bang for their buck. A SmartAsset study put UT Austin at No. 2 in a list of Texas colleges with the best value, considering factors like tuition, living expenses, retention rate, and average scholarship amounts.
Traffic
  • The annual fireworks show in Downtown Austin on Thursday, July 4 will bring full + partial road closures around Auditorium Shores and the Long Center. Take a look at this map before driving through Bat City on Independence Day. (KXAN)
Ranked
  • According to a new study, 10.3% of jobs in the Austin metro area — like paralegals and budget analysts — could be replaced by artificial intelligence in the future. Austin landed at No. 6 on (un)Common Logic’s list of cities with the most workers at risk of AI job displacement.
Arts
  • O. Henry Museum kicked off its Lone Star Limericks competition yesterday, asking Austinites to submit five-line poems about the city or the Lone Star State for a chance to win a Texas-themed prize package. Entries will be accepted through Saturday, July 20.
Sports
  • UT Austin said goodbye to the Big 12. The Longhorns are officially in the Southeastern Conference — how do officials and athletes feel about the switch? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the SEC with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    Travel
    • Need a summer getaway? The state’s fastest-growing city, Conroe, is located ~three hours from Austin. From free concerts to renowned birding and dynamic water activities on the 22,000-acre Lake Conroe, the city has something for everyone. Plan your visit.*
     
     
    Drink
     
    🍹 Shaken, stirred, stunning
    rotating photos of cocktails and bar with disco ball and three shelves of liquor
    Cocktails at The Eleanor are almost too pretty to drink.|Photos by ATXtoday
    Every Roosevelt needs an Eleanor, and this one comes with elevated libations, disco balls, and moody lighting.

    The Roosevelt Room is temporarily closed to revamp its space and replace its flooring. The Downtown cocktail bar will debut its glow up at a grand reopening on Friday, July 12.

    Until then, next-door-neighbor The Eleanor — its exclusive private event space — is open to the public and slinging a new menu of 30+ creative cocktails. It’s open everyday at 3 p.m., complete with a movie screen, photo booth, and leather loveseats.

    Here’s what city editors Morgan and Figi tried over the weekend:
    • Long Farewell, a coconut vodka concoction topped with hydrangea
    • Show Business, a gin drink that sparkles with gold honey powder
    • Shore Leave in Tijuana, a mezcal mix with pink rose pearls
    • Yellowstone Sour, a spruce-infused cocktail with egg white + black spruce aromatics
     
    The Buy
     
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    The Wrap
     
    ATXtoday-morgan-headshot.jpg Today’s edition by:
    Morgan
    From the editor
    As an Ole Miss alum, I’m overjoyed about the Longhorns bringing the SEC to Austin. My alma mater is not on the football schedule this year, but I’m looking forward to seeing my Mississippi State Bulldog friends (and rivals) in ATX for the game in September.
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