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Doss Elementary School

Doss Elementary School is located in northwest Austin and offers a comprehensive curriculum with varied enrichment programs for its students. Doss received a full campus modernization as part of the 2017 Bond Program, increasing campus capacity to 870 students. 

The vision for the Doss “treehouse” design was inspired by its location among the trees — and as the home to the owls. Throughout the design process, the Campus Architectural Team envisioned the treehouse as a playful, safe and exploratory environment within a natural setting. The administration offices at the front entry represent the solid trunk and foundation of the building. The dining and building services at ground level act as roots to anchor and support the functions of the building. Doss comprises 44 studio spaces, two makerspaces and small breakout spaces throughout the building. Large areas within a cluster of studios allow students to collaborate and learn together. The multi-level design creates a large dining area that houses the learning stairs, which allow students to gather in one area.

From 2018 to 2020, Doss students were temporarily located at the former Lucy Read Pre-K site to allow for a safe and timely construction process. Now, the school community returns home to carry on the legacy of long-time Austin teacher Leona Doss, who fostered educational opportunities for thousands of students for almost 50 years.

Click here to view a video tour of the modernized Doss campus, and read more about how the community celebrated the school’s grand opening.

Project Timeline

*Timeline and rendering subject to change

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Key Information

  • Modernization Budget: $43,000,000
  • Total Budget: $43,052,000
  • Opening Date: October 9, 2020
  • Trustee: Kristin Ashy
  • Location: 7005 Northledge Dr., Austin, Texas 78731
  • Existing Capacity: 543
  • New Capacity: 870
  • 2016/2017 Utilization: 163%

Project Team

  • Design-Build Team:
  • Campus Architectural Team:
    • Nathan Steenport, Principal
    • Bonnie Lang, Instructional Staff
    • Christina Tannert, Music Teacher
    • James Young, Instructional Staff
    • Jenny Carroll, Instructional Staff
    • Jodi Hughes, Instructional Staff
    • Judy Evans, Instructional Staff
    • Leah Thomas, Reading Specialist
    • Sarah Kent, Special Ed. Teacher
    • Tracy Sheridan, Math Coach
    • Jeff Russell, Parent
    • Karen Lundquist, Parent
    • Jenna Holmes, Parent
    • Jessica Diaz, Parent
    • Michael Padavic, Parent