Brown Elementary School

T.A. Brown Elementary School was one of the first modernization projects completed as part of the 2017 Bond program.

The original school was vacated immediately after significant structural issues that posed a safety risk to staff and students were discovered by engineers in late 2016. The newly constructed school, located on the original site, opened in January 2020 for the spring semester. As part of the Facility Master Plan approved by the Austin ISD Board of Trustees on April 3, 2017, Webb Primary joined the T.A. Brown community after the modernized facility was constructed.

T.A. Brown has been designed as a green school rooted in science, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics and outdoor learning. The facility will focus on sustainability, health and well-being, transparency and a connection to the community. 

Examples of unique design features that arose from the Campus Architectural Team (CAT) meetings include the three zones of the school: a rectangle, dubbed the Colony; a circle, dubbed the Treehouse; and triangle, dubbed the Den. Another example is the Sombrilla, or a shade structure, that provides a welcoming area at the front entry. The school also boasts unique learning environments, such as maker spaces, a community room, media resource center and a learning staircase. The entry courtyard is known as the reading labyrinth to encourage literacy for all who enter.

Of course, Mr. T.A. Brown himself was an influence in the design of the school as well. T.A. Brown was a principal at Pease Elementary for 41 years, and he represented high character and devotion to education. It is our hope that this building will continue his legacy.

2017 Bond Update: T.A. Brown ES from Austin ISD TV on Vimeo.

Project Timeline

*Timeline and rendering subject to change

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Key Information

  • Modernization Budget: $30,797,000
  • Total Budget: $30,842,000
  • Opening Date: January 8 2020
  • Trustee: Kevin Foster
  • Location: 7801 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas 78752
  • Existing Capacity: 449
  • New Capacity: 522
  • 2016/2017 Utilization: 80%

Project Team

  • Design-Build Team:
  • Campus Architectural Team:
    • Mary Alvirez, Area 2 Office, T&L Liaison, AISD
    • Veronica Sharp, Principal, T.A. Brown
    • Marizza Marquez, Director, Webb Primary
    • Yolanda Lopez, Assistant Principal, T.A. Brown
    • Sheryl Bowie, Admin. Assistant, T.A. Brown
    • Odilia Hunter, Instructional Staff, T.A. Brown
    • Paula Bowen, Instructional Staff, T.A. Brown
    • Liliana Howard, Librarian, T.A. Brown
    • Diana Arroyos, Instructional Staff, Webb Primary
    • Erika Guajardo, Instructional Staff, Webb Primary
    • Susana Limon, Parent, T.A. Brown
    • Beatriz Antonio, Parent, T.A. Brown
    • Sly Guzman, Community Member