Ann Richards Star Gazer

Spring 2016

Wrapping up!

Graduation and the last day of school are just around the corner. It's been another remarkable year at ARS, our teachers and students just keep outdoing themselves! There's a lot of exciting events between now and the end of the year; read on for important dates and announcements.


We are excited to share that we've just completed a successful accreditation process, which takes place every 5 years to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. Accreditation examines the entire institution – the programs, cultural context and stakeholder community – to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students.

ARS received an exceptional report from AdvancEd, a global agency that is responsible for the accreditation of 32,000 schools nationally and internationally. Here are some of the comments:

  • I've never dealt with such high scores.
  • You are receiving 9 acknowledgements of 'Powerful Practices' which is unheard of. Schools never receive this many.
  • I told your parents that they are lucky to have their daughters here. It's better than a private school.


Check out our latest rankings!

US News and World Report: Best High Schools #125 nationally ranked. (25th in Texas, 2nd in AISD)

Washington Post: Americas' Most Challenging High Schools #67 nationally ranked (23rd in Texas; 1st in AISD)

May and June Events

Week of 5/4: EOC and AP Exams


5/12: 6 p.m. Trustees Award Ceremony for HS students and families

5/13-5/14: Senior Science Trip to Port Aransas

5/14: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. West Austin Studio Art Tour- ARS is a stop on the tour!

6 p.m. 8th Grade Cotillion

Week of 5/16: Junior Internship Week

5/21: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Courtyard Workday

Week of 5/23: Final Exams for 8th-12th Grades

5/26: Early Release HS

5/27: Student Holiday

5/28: 2 p.m. Lit Mag Launch Party at Book People

5/30: Memorial Day, Student and Staff Holiday

5/31: ARS Film Fest, Early Release HS

6/1: Graduation

6/2: Last Day of School, Middle School Awards, Early Release HS

For other athletic, Fine Arts events and other upcoming events see our Master Calendar!

Stay in touch!

Stay in touch! Never hesitate to reach out to us or your daughter's teachers. Check out for contact information and updates.

For fun updates, follow us on twitter: Ms. Goka @jkgoka and Ms. Wiersema & Ms. Waugh @arstarsap

For student perspectives, check out our amazing student newspaper: