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Travis (William B. Travis) High School
The mission of William B. Travis High School, through its commitment to excellence, is to promote individual student success and responsibility within a caring and cooperative environment.
Facilitate the creation of a School-to-Career transition system for all students (including special education) from Pre-K through 12th and beyond. Integrate higher level of thinking skills and problem solving into all academic classrooms. Teachers in grades PreK -12 will collaborate and exchange ideas to improve student performance in math, reading, and writing. Continue to expand the number of students taking and receiving credit for advanced placement tests. Publicize merits of program to community with special emphasis on parents and students in feeder/vertical team schools. All students will be provided with rules for attendance. Provide students/parents with early information when absences occur. Motivational incentives will be implemented consisting of short term goals to improve attendance. Major initiatives will be implemented to bring the community and school together.
Major Programs and Initiatives
The Travis Communications Academy A school-to-career academy was developed which is called the Communications Academy. This academy will allow students to specialize in the areas of Multimedia, Teleproduction, and Telecommunications. Students learn industry standard processes and software in their area of chosen study. After graduation they may receive employment in these fields or continue their education at a two or four year college. Articulation agreements with area institutions for college course credit in escrow are being expanded to include our selections being offered. A career center was established and is being staffed by Mike Garcia,through support from the Capitol Area Training Foundation. Multimedia, Telecommunications, and Teleproduction The Travis Multimedia program has been in existence for three years. This program is one of the first of its type in the state of Texas. Students learn all of the aspects of producing multimedia and eventually author their own CD-roms. Students learn very advanced software which is used by the Austin multimedia industry. Junior and senior students have the opportunity to participate in paid and unpaid internships. Telecommunications is a new feature of the academy where students will learn how to create their own web pages. The teleproduction program has been in existence for several years and is known as YouthVUE. This program is done in conjunction with other members of the vertical team and KVUE Channel 24. Programs of local interest are produced to be shown every two weeks during news casts. The Travis Vertical Team The Travis vertical team was the first such vertical team in the state of Texas. The vertical team is a close partnership between the elementary, middle school feeders, higher education (UT and St. Edwards) and Travis High School. This collaboration ensures a consistent and coordinated curriculum from kindergarten to college. A vertical team advanced placement project called the Renaissance Program was developed to support the Communication Academy and increase student participation in advanced coursework. To address math test scores, a vertical team Math Cadre was developed to address curriculum alignment and to develop common problem solving strategies and math vocabulary throughout the vertical team. Math teachers attended regional, as well as national conferences on mathematics. Math teachers organized a TAAS Roundup during both semesters to help support students prior to testing. Partnerships with St. Edward\\\'s University, Southwest Texas State University, and the University of Texas were enhanced through programs such as the Science/Math Homework Help Line, NEA Action Research, the EPC, and teacher education and research programs. The development of the Delta Program and the use of Nova Net was implemented to reduce the dropout rate and accelerate graduation. Freshman Transition Course 9th grade students at Travis High School have a special transition course to ensure academic success and adjustment to high school life. This program also addresses study and social skills. Other 9th grade initiates addressed include academic teaming, the construction of a low-impact ropes training facility, and the establishment of a High School Portfolio program which contains career and educational plans for each student. Mentor School Travis High School has been selected as a mentor school by the Texas Education Agency. This honor recognizes the innovation being implemented at Travis. Schools from across the state come to Travis to learn about how to restructure and innovate. Faculty Travis has an outstanding faculty. Many of its members have advanced degrees as well as national and statewide awards. For example, the Multimedia instructor is one of the two Christa McAuliffe fellows in AISD.