About APIE

APIE provides college and career readiness support through individualized academic and mentoring programs to prepare students for success.

Our Story

Austin Partners in Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving college and career readiness through student-centric tutoring and mentoring programs.

APIE was originally created in 1983 as Adopt-A-School by the Austin Independent School District and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce before becoming Austin Partners in Education, an independent 501(c)(3) in 2004. We work in partnership with Austin ISD to reinvent the urban-school experience and build a talent pipeline of local students to grow the regional economy. Since our founding, we have trained and placed nearly 17,000 tutors and mentors, who have supported over 37,000 Austin ISD students.

Our academic support and mentoring programs increase access to higher education. We utilize best practice learning models with proven results that have received recognition from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and have been cited as an example of Better Use of Community Resources by the U.S. Department of Education. We were also honored by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

APIE’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement 

Austin Partners in Education is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure that as an antiracist organization we are moving our mission forward in an equitable way.   We are continuously reminded of the deep inequities that persist in our society and we recognize the importance of educating ourselves and examining our programs is crucial to being able to best serve our students.  To that end, we have partnered with The Inclusion Practice to engage in this important work in a sustainable way.  Our goal through these efforts is to support more positive and equitable outcomes in the workplace and for our students.

APIE’s Guiding Principles

  • Student Centered: We are passionate advocates for our students. Their academic success and development is the focus of our work. 
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: We welcome, embrace and support all staff, students, volunteers and partners to create a culture where everyone feels included and valued for their unique strengths, abilities, and life experiences. 
  • Positive Influence: Our work, programs and resources create a positive influence for our students, their schools and the community that reaches beyond academic improvement; building confidence to improve social and emotional well-being. 
  • Collaborative Engagement: We gather input from stakeholders to ensure we are making the best decisions.
  • Strategic Partnerships: We strategically partner to leverage our resources and expertise. 

Support Austin ISD Students

Our Programs

Student-centered programs designed to improve college and career readiness.

Math Classroom Coaching is a volunteer-driven, in-class academic support and career exploration program provided to middle school math students at four middle schools.

Volunteers meet weekly, one-on-one with students to build relationships and serve as positive role models.

Tutoring for a cohort of students in math and reading over seven years as part of Austin ISD’s federal grant.

Academic support for students to meet college readiness standards, allowing access to Early College High Schools or P-TECH Schools.

Our Impact Across the Years

How our programs have changed students’ lives.

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Trained and Placed Classroom Coaches and Mentors

Supporting Students' Paths to Higher Education

We help students develop their academic skills and confidence.

We work each day to help students develop the skills to obtain a higher education that leads to a prosperous career. Support our academic and mentoring programs today and make certain that the next generation of Austinites can participate in Austin’s success.

Join Us to Change Lives

Volunteers help bridge the achievement gap for Austin ISD students by serving as tutors and mentors. Just one hour per week of your time can make all the difference! Help support academic success and enrich students’ educational experience.

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Austin Partners in Education will be closed beginning Friday, December 22 and ending Friday, January 5. We will return to normal business hours on Monday, January 8. All emails, phone calls, and volunteer background check applications will be completed upon our return. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Happy Holidays!

Austin Partners in Education cerrará comenzando el viernes 22 de diciembre y hasta el viernes 5 de enero. Volveremos al horario comercial normal el lunes 8 de enero. Todos los correos electrónicos, llamadas telefónicas y solicitudes de verificación de antecedentes de voluntarios se completarán a nuestro regreso. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión. ¡Felices Fiestas!