At Lake Travis ISD, approximately 7,000 students consistently achieve at levels above state and national averages. The district’s students are highly successful, due, in large part, to a well-established foundation of parental and community involvement. The Lake Travis Education Foundation was one of the first education foundations in Texas and has raised more than $2.2 million since 1985.
Some of the district’s 2009-2010 highlights include:
• Selection of two campuses to the Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll;
• Recognition of 13 students from Lake Travis High School under the National Merit
• Attainment of numerous TEA Gold Performance Acknowledgements by LTISD and each of its eight campuses for high performance on indicators other than those used to determine state accountability ratings;
• Recognition of Lake Travis High School as one of ‘America’s Best High Schools’ by U.S. News & World Report for how well teachers and staff prepare students for college;
• Recognition of six campuses as Higher Performing Schools by Just for the Kids, a non-profit organization focused on college and career readiness;
• Selection of a record four students from the Lake Travis High School Cavalier Band to the
2010 Texas 4-A All-State Band; and
• Selection of Lake Travis High School as a Model School—one of 10 in the country—by Project Lead The Way, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the national shortage of engineers.
Boosting the numbers of high school graduates who are ready for and enroll in higher education is vital to a strong Central Texas economy. Preparing students academically increases their chances of successful transition to post-secondary education or a career. This report monitors college and career readiness and graduation rates. It also tracks direct-to-college enrollment because research indicates that students who enroll directly in college after high school are more likely to complete their studies.
A majority of Lake Travis ISD students graduate academically prepared for college studies or the high-performance workplace, and, according to available data, 78 percent of them directly enroll in college after high school. Seventy-seven percent of graduates in 2009 were college- and career-ready, up from 69 percent the previous year. The four-year graduation rate also increased for all students and for each student group, including for Economically Disadvantaged and Hispanic students.
Lake Travis residents understand the value of a successful school system and its impact on the greater community. Supported by a cadre of caring professionals and support staff, our students are at the center of that system. Every heart, every mind, every day. That is the LT way!
The Lake Travis Independent School District serves the growing area of Lake Travis, located approximately 20 miles west of Austin, and has a student enrollment of approximately 7,000 at eight campuses. Lake Travis ISD met the 2010 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standard at the district and at each campus. AYP is part of the federal accountability system created by No Child Left Behind (NCLB).