Clint Small, Jr. Middle School

Green Tech Academy


 Green Tech Academy


Welcome to Clint Small’s
Green Tech Academy!

Thanks for checking us out! We are Clint Small Middle School, but there is nothing small about us. With over 1200 students, we offer a variety of courses that cater to all types of interests. Whether programming robots in our Pre-engineering program, milking goats to make soap or growing and cooking your own food, students from all over Austin come to our school to explore, learn and have fun.

If you live outside of our attendance zone and are interested in becoming a CSMS Cougar, you are in the right place. Explore this page to learn more about the application process and to sign up for a tour.

If you have any questions please email


Zoom Q & A Sessions



All our remaining tours are full. Please join us for the last Q & A session Thursday January 6th. 

About our Program

The Clint Small Middle School Green Tech Program includes innovative course offerings in environmental studies and technology. CSMS is a National “Green Ribbon” school, and the first school in Texas to earn the Eco-Schools USA Green Flag Award from the National Wildlife Federation.

Our unique program allows students to select an academic track that focuses on the environment, technology, or a blend of the two. The Green Tech curriculum includes a wide variety of visionary electives, including many opportunities for outdoor learning, project-based learning, and team collaboration among students.

Check out our 2021-22 course guide to learn more about the various electives offered.

Over the years, students, teachers, and volunteers have transformed more than 4,000 square feet of barren space surrounding our campus into native habitat for ruby-throated hummingbirds, monarch butterflies, songbirds, small mammals and more. They have built a greenhouse, a meditative labyrinth, wildflower gardens, a rain garden, and a reconstructed prairie. They also have productive food gardens, orchards, and habitat corridors.

Highlights of the Green Academy include:

  • more than 300 native plant species planted by students
  • outdoor classroom spaces and greenhouse
  • raising chickens, ducks, goats, and sheep
  • composting, recycling
  • water harvesting

To learn more about what some of our Green Academy students have been up to, visit the In Small Gardens blog and follow us on Instagram.

Highlights of the Tech Academy include:
  • STEM Advanced Learner program leading students to high school math and science courses in the 8th grade
  • Project Lead the Way pre-engineering curriculum
  • state-of-the-art Career and Technical Education (CTE) wing
  • classes in robotics, animation, engineering, app design, and more
  • options to earn high school credit with select tech electives

Important Dates for 22-23 Applications 

October 8, 2021 – Application Becomes Available Online

January 7, 2022 - Application Deadline* – Last Day to Apply – Application to Small Green Tech Academy closes at 4:00 p.m.Items mailed for students outside AISD must have date stamp by 4:00pm on this day. ALL Essay’s & Recommendations must be submitted through the application by this date.

February 7, 2022- Admission Decision Letters Mailed

February 14, 2022 - Deadline for receipt of student’s decision letters accepting or rejecting admission

February 18, 2022 - Last day to change to another school of choice that has accepted the student - you must notify the Academy Assistant

February 23, 2022 - Celebration for all students who received acceptance letters - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Zoom 


Note: If you live in the Small attendance zone, you have the opportunity to choose to be in the Green Tech Academy on your Choice Sheet. 

Please contact Jennifer Newell at if you have any questions.


The application to apply to our Green Tech Academy opens on October 8th, 2021 – January 7th, 2022.

Question: Do you live in Small Middle School Attendance boundaries? The application is only for students who live OUTSIDE the Small attendance area. Please DO NOT complete an application if you live within the Small attendance zone.

 Not sure? Go to


    • YES! - STOP – DO NOT APPLY You can specify that you want to be in the Green Tech Program when you fill out your choice sheets this Spring
    • NO - Continue to Step 1 

STEP 1: Did you fill out the Application for Small? 
This is the common application that you fill out to tell AISD that at you would like to go to a school other than your home school next year. Choose Small Green Tech Academy! 

  • If you have a former or existing AISD Student, Click the magnify glass and type in “AISD Intent to apply”. Follow the instructions.
  • If you are new, or are having trouble creating or logging in to the parent Cloud account, go to Click here for instructions – or call 512-414-9187  

Step 2: Fill out the Green Tech Academy Interest form at DEADLINE January 7th, 2022. This let’s Small Middle School know that you are applying to our Green Tech Academy and allows you to sign up for the Essay.

Non-AISD students: Your most recent semester report card grades must be submitted to Small before the application deadline. Current AISD Students, we will have access once you fill out the Application and give us permission. 

Step 3: Take your Essay on your scheduled date. You will specify the date in Step 2. 

That's It, you're done, you have now applied to the Green Tech Academy at Small Middle School.
We will send acceptance e-mails on February 7th. You must accept us back by February 14th or your spot will be given away to the waitlist.  

Go to our website for more details and videos about our program If you have any questions, please contact