Akins High School

Skip to main content
Come and see the Akins Journey Theatre perform CHICAGO- HIGH SCHOOL EDITION on Thursday & Friday, Jan. 17th & 18th and Saturday, Jan. 19th, 1pm & 7pm

Akins Educational Services Department

The Akins Educational Services Department serves over 350 students that have Special Education services.  Students with disabilities are served by in the general education setting, in inclusion and resources classes. As the largest Special Education department in Austin ISD we have five Life Skills Classrooms, a large SCORES Program and a SBS program to serve students who have specific needs. We follow the districts mission statement and vision for all of our students. 

Mission Statement

In partnership with parents and the community, AISD exists to provide a comprehensive experience that is high quality, challenging, and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society.


AISD will be nationally recognized as an outstanding school district, instilling a passion for life-long learning in all students.

Department Chair

Hello I am Kristene Newcomb, I serve as the Department Chair for Educational Services. This is my fifth year serving in this position. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas Arlington and earned my Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree with an emphasis in developing programs for students with disabilities from Texas State University. 
I have included the Parents Guide to The ARD Process and Procedural Safeguards. 
Some important resources for families of Disabled Children are listed below.
For transition information visit 
For individuals with Autism:
Texas Autism Society at http://www.texasautismsociety.org/
Autism Society of America at http://www.autism-society.org/
For transitional employment services:
Texas Workforce Commision at https://twc.texas.gov/
For services to build independent living skills:
ARCIL at www.arcil.com
For information on guardianship:
For Medicaid Waiver Programs
Texas Medicaid Waiver Disability Services & Waivers http://medicaidwaiver.org/state/texas.html