Green Tech Academy

Welcome to Clint Small’s Green Tech Academy!

goat standing on back legsThanks 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.

Check back here for the 25-26 application and
tour information in October 2024.
 

If you have any questions please email jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

 


Zoom Q & A Sessions

Join us online for a chat about our academy. Meet some teachers and learn about why your student would choose small's green tech academy for thier middle school education.

Pick a date that works for you:

  • October 25, 2023
  • November 15, 2023
  • December 13, 2023
  • January 24, 2024

All sessions are at 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Zoom Meeting Registration (We will email you a link to the zoom meeting The day of the event.)


Tours

students collaborating on engineering projectsBy popular demand we have opened some on-campus tours.

Our tours will focus on:

  • Get a look and feel of small
  • What makes small special
  • Small's middle school philosophy
  • Our dual language program
  • Our green tech academy
  • How apply

Tours will begin at 8:30am and last about an hour.

Tour Pre-Register (Please pre-register for tours.)


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.

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. Starting this year 2023/2024 we are expanding our Green area. Learn more here:

 

Man holding a snakeHighlights 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 24-25 Applications

  • November 8th, 2023 – Applications for Transfer/Academies open up
  • November 29th, 2023 - Cougar Showcase - Come to Small and walk booth to booth. Meet our teachers and talk to our students about all the classes we have to offer. See Flyer Here
  • February 6th, 2024 Application Deadline* – Last day to have your application complete– ALL essays & recommendations must be submitted through the application by this date.
  • February 20th, 2024 - All students need to be coded in the system by schools. 
  • March 4th, 2024 - Acceptance Results are displayed in Enroll Austin
  • March 29th, 2024 - Deadline for receipt of student’s decision letters accepting or rejecting admission
  • April 2nd, 2024 - General Transfers Open
  • April TBD - Celebration for all students who will be enrolling in our Green Tech Academy Program - In person - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
  • August 5th & 6th- Cougar 6th Grade Summer Camp on campus
  • August 8th - Campus Scavenger Hunt - 11 to 1pm
  • August 8th - Parent Camp on Zoom 6 - 7:30pm

How to Apply to Small

Check back here for the 25-26 application and
tour information in October 2024.
 

Our Application to Small Green Tech Academy is currently
closed for the 2024-2025 school year.

The deadline to apply was February 6th, 2024.

Step 1

Go to your Parent Portal (portal.austinisd.org) and find the "Enroll Austin" Tile in the parent portal.

For best results, rank Small Green Tech Academy #1!

Step 2

 NEXT STEPS, Please fill out our next steps to sign up for an essay date

How to get Accepted

We look at 3 things

Student Grades
Teacher Recomendations
Student On-Site Essays

You can find our Rubric for grading here