LBJ Early College High School

Lyndon B. Johnson Early College High School has served the northeast Austin community since 1974. With a focus on developing students’ abilities in a variety of scientific fields, LBJ ECHS has established itself as one of Austin ISD’s premier Career and Technical Education facilities for health and sciences, allowing students to graduate with both their high school diploma and associate degree, at no cost. 

In 2007, the campus began hosting the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, and the two schools shared certain academic programs and extracurricular activities. As part of the 2017 Bond Program, LASA was relocated to the former site of Eastside Early College High School, and a new, modernized wing was constructed that is customized to the needs of its students and staff. 

The Campus Architectural Team, composed of teachers, staff and community members, was integral in guiding the project’s design to meet the needs of the LBJ community. The focus of the modernization was to expand career opportunities and renovate learning spaces to benefit all students. The project team achieved this by constructing a central hub that unifies the academic wing with the rest of the building. The new two-story space includes a media center, student common spaces, recording studios, a computer lab, community room, and a medical professionals suite to support LBJ’s unique P-TECH program. 

Designed in collaboration with Seton, Dell Medical School and Austin Community College, the medical areas provide hands-on experience for students in the P-TECH program. These new spaces help students achieve both academic and career certificates in fields such as nursing, dentistry, surgical technology and labor & delivery. In simulations with interactive computer-operated mannequins, students work in teams with future surgeons, nurses and lab technicians to gain real-world experiences and interdisciplinary interactions across medical professions.

Additionally, LBJ received grants through Keep Austin Beautiful and the Austin Urban Forestry Department to plant trees around the campus and update portions of the entry courtyard, making the space more inviting and functional. This is the first phase of a broader long-range plan to modernize the entire facility over time. Thanks to the voter-approved 2022 Bond, LBJ will receive a Phase Two modernization, building on the work completed through the 2017 Bond. 

Project Timeline

*Timeline and rendering subject to change

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Key Information

  • Modernization Budget: $22,000,000
  • Total Budget: $25,575,000
  • Opening Date: January 10, 2023
  • Trustee: LaTisha Anderson
  • Location: 7309 Lazy Creek Dr., Austin, Texas 78724
  • Existing Capacity: 902
  • Planned Capacity: 1,842
  • 2016/2017 Utilization: 105%

Project Team

  • Architecture & Engineering Team:
  • Construction-Management-at-Risk Team:
  • Campus Architectural Team:
    • Jon Bailey, Principal
    • Sheila Henry, Executive Director of High School Operations
    • Alexandria Smith, Teacher
    • Brenda Ricketson, Teacher
    • Carlos Lopez, Teacher
    • Cynthia Gonzales, Academy Director
    • Darien Garcia Pena, Counselor
    • John Fletcher, Teacher
    • Karen Brown, Parent Support Specialist
    • Keatra Nesbitt, Teacher
    • Lavell Lathan, Teacher
    • Mattie Meredith-Tate, Project Specialist
    • Nick Dellas, Teacher
    • Shakira Hamilton-Adams, Counselor
    • Barbara Scott, Community Member
    • Betty Johnson, Community Member
    • Helen Miller, Community Member
    • Keisha Jones, Community Member
    • Para Agboga, Community Member
    • Raul Maya, Community Member