Govalle Elementary School

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

Govalle Elementary School has served East Austin students since 1931. Govalle boasts a wide range of offerings, including Pre-K, dual language and fine arts, as well as programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

The modernized campus is organized around a central open courtyard and main street that create distinct spaces for academics, fine arts and athletics. The two-story school incorporates two learning neighborhoods–one on each floor–with each neighborhood including 12 studios, a professional learning center, a maker space and small group break-out rooms to support 522 students. At the heart of the school is the media center; this area fuses together the two-story academic wing and the secondary active block that incorporates the gymnasium, cafeteria, art lab and music lab.

Input from teachers, families and the community shaped the design of the building. Its orientation focuses on conserving existing trees on the site and providing convenient access to community spaces. The addition of a bus loop and parent drop-off area will alleviate neighborhood traffic. Architects designed the building to achieve LEED Silver Certification, and it was built with water and energy efficient materials.

With the new school now in use, construction for phase two of the project will begin. Taking place through summer 2020, phase two includes removal of the original building to make room for an open play field, gardens, a covered sport court and playgrounds for students and the community to enjoy.

2017 Bond Update: Govalle ES from Austin ISD TV on Vimeo.

Project Timeline

*Timeline and rendering subject to change

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Key Information

  • Modernization Budget: $32,499,000
  • Total Budget: $32,565,000
  • Phase One Opening Date: February 18, 2020
  • Anticipated Opening Date for Phase Two: August 2020
  • Trustee: Jayme Mathias
  • Location: 3601 Govalle Ave., Austin, Texas 78702
  • Existing Capacity: 598
  • New Capacity: 522
  • 2016/2017 Utilization: 78%

Project Team

  • Design-Build Team:
  • Campus Architectural Team:
    • Paula Reyes, Principal
    • Melissa Rodriguez, Campus Staff
    • Stacey M. Smith, Campus Staff
    • Laura A. Gallegos, Campus Staff
    • Gilbert Cantu, Parent
    • Renee Pozos, Community Member
    • Philippe Klinefelter, Community Member