Recent News

Spring semester begins with Intersession
The Stars and faculty kicked off the spring semester by learning a new passion or exploring a new hobby through two days of Intersession. Our Stars were around town exploring Texas State Parks through camping, car maintenance, Harry Potter gaming, hiking around Austin, crafting, knitting, cooking, golfing, robotics, chess, Rubik’s Cube, and learning how to... Read more »
10th-Grade Engineering Stars Create How-To Guide for Bridge Building
Mr. Boehme’s 10th-grade engineering students created a ‘how-to’ guide for building a bridge to test their design and construction skills for their end-of-year project. The parameters involved constructing a bridge that could hold over 250 pounds and span across 6 feet and only use 40 pieces of 1-inch by 2-inch wood that were 4 feet... Read more »
6th-Grade Stars Deliver Animal Enrichment Devices to Austin Zoo
Each year our 6th-grade Stars partner with the Austin Zoo to help the Zookeepers during feeding time with the rescue animals by creating an animal enrichment device. Our Stars research and observe the animals, sketch a design, build a prototype, adjust their plan and create the enrichment device for delivery. The final step is to... Read more »
Middle School Stars Learn Monotyping and Copper Etching
Ms. Butler’s middle school art classes are getting a lesson in monotyping and copper etching to create collaborative murals thanks to a grant from the Austin Ed Fund and the Ann Richards School Foundation. Flatbed Press opened its doors to provide lessons to Ms. Butler’s classes to learn more about the process. Ms. Butler’s art... Read more »
TAME Trailblazer Hands-on STEM Trailer Visits ARS
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) visited the Ann Richards School with its Trailblazer II, a STEM-museum-on-wheels that travels to schools and communities across Texas to bring exciting, hands-on exhibits to students. Our middle school Stars from their 8th grade STEM classes interacted with exhibits that featured energy, space, biotechnology, aerodynamics, and weather... Read more »
Middle School Stars Continue Toy Drive Tradition
In 2015, 6th-grader Cielo R. wanted to do something to help the kids at Dell Children’s by creating a toy drive to donate gifts for children at the hospital during the holiday season. Fast forward to December of this year, Cielo, a Class of 2022 graduate, handed off the baton to a new group of... Read more »
Mr. Jacob House Named ARS Teacher of the Year
The 2022-2023 school year Teacher of the Year for the Ann Richards School is Mr. Jacob House. Mr. House is in his 6th year at the Ann Richards School and teaches 7th-grade Texas History. Congratulations, Mr. House!
Star Teacher Receives Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award from Humanities Texas
Star 8th Grade U.S. History teacher, Mr. James Brewster, was recognized by Humanities Texas for the 2022 Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award in a ceremony with Congressman Lloyd Doggett and State Representative Gina Hinojosa. During the ceremony, Humanities Texas recognized Mr. Brewster for engaging students in real, unvarnished history in innovative ways that enhanced... Read more »
Star Volleyball Players Receive District Honors
The Stars Volleyball team placed second in District 24-5A with a 13-2 record and closed out their 2022 season with a UIL Bi-District Playoff appearance against East View High School from Georgetown, Texas. In District 24-5A, Senior Talia T. was named Defensive Player of the Year, and the Stars placed four players on the All-District... Read more »
College Fair Features Over 100 Colleges
Attending and graduating from college is one of the tenants of the Ann Richards School’s mission statement. Our Star students were able to shake hands and connect with over 100 college representatives from all over the country at the annual Ann Richards School College Fair. All high school students were able to talk about programs... Read more »