Elementary (PreK–6)

We believe children’s education should encompass more than just academics. That’s why we work to support the physical, social, emotional, and developmental needs of each child.

Panther Pride

Students at Austin Area Elementary know the true meaning of Panther PRIDE: Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Engagement. They practice every day. When we “catch” students demonstrating one of the PRIDE qualities, they earn rewards.

PreK through second graders earn Panther Paws. Students in third through sixth grades earn Dojo Points redeemable at the Dojo Store. The Dojo Store opens every nine weeks with an awesome inventory of items students can “buy” with their redeemable points.


At Austin Area all-day preschool, students enjoy hands-on learning experiences, access to learning centers, and developmentally-based activities in small and large group settings. We provide an environment where each child’s unique developmental growth is nurtured, allowing them to learn, grow, and be themselves.

Eligible children must be at least four years old by September 1 of the entering school year.

Music Program

Our music program offers a wide variety of instrumental lessons to help students explore and master their musical interests. From classic instruments like clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and baritone to modern pop and rock instruments like drums, guitar, piano, and voice, there’s something for everyone. Our experienced instructor, Mr. Walck, provides personalized instruction and support to help students reach their musical goals.

Austin Area Elementary School’s music program gives students various performance opportunities, including winter and spring concerts for family, friends, and peers. Students also participate in the IU9 Songfest and IU9 BandFest, connecting students with young musicians in the region. These events promote teamwork, discipline, and dedication while fostering a love for music.

Elementary Yearbook

Our yearbook program teaches students photography, design, writing, layout, deadlines, sales, and distribution. This program fosters a sense of pride and ownership in the school community while encouraging collaboration and creativity. Though the program emphasizes meeting deadlines and sales goals, it prioritizes having fun and creating a visually stunning yearbook that represents each student’s unique personality.

Led by advisor Mr. Walck, we empower students to take on leadership roles and develop their artistic abilities.

Leader in Me

Our elementary school participates in the Leader In Me program. Based on the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey, students participate in activities focused on learning important life and leadership skills by internalizing the following principles and habits:

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw
Title I

Title I is a federally-funded supplemental education program designed to help K–6 students meet state content and performance standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics. We utilize these federal funds to support smaller classes, hire additional teachers and assistants, and provide extra reading and math instruction using a variety of teaching methods and materials.

Title I Information

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