Menchaca Elementary School

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

The rich history of Menchaca Elementary began in the late 1800s. Named after Tejano Army Officer José Antonio Menchaca, it was originally built as a one-room schoolhouse. The new facility is the fifth version of Menchaca Elementary in the community. The modernized 98,600-square-foot campus was originally conceived as a single building with interior circulation, but the design evolved through an extensive process that engaged teachers, parents and students.

The ground-up design for Menchaca Elementary School illustrates how a commitment to community engagement, research and innovative learning environments can change the course of a campus. Early discussions focused on broad concepts, including the natural beauty of the site, which included several mature Texas oak trees. The end result is a collection of three buildings with shaded outdoor collaboration spaces designed around the heritage oak trees. 

The buildings form two courtyards linked by a second-story bridge that houses an innovative library media center and makerspaces specifically designed for the school. More than 30 percent of the site is open, vegetated space, creating direct links between the outdoors and learning environments. Sustainability and energy efficiency were also baked into every aspect of the design. The new school is an Austin Energy Green Building and the campus is designed to meet LEED certification, including a commitment to air quality and overall wellness for the students and faculty.

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

Project Timeline

*Timeline and rendering subject to change

Latest Updates

Rosedale School Community Meeting – July 2

Jul 06,2020 All Schools

On July 2, Austin ISD hosted a virtual community meeting for the Rosedale School to discuss the Design Development phase of the modernization project. As…

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AISD Future: 2017 Bond Newsletter – May 2020 / El AISD Futuro: Boletín del Bono de 2017 – Mayo 2019

May 29,2020 All Schools

As part of our continued commitment to communicate the progress of the bond to the community, we are sharing the latest issue of our AISD Future:…

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Menchaca Modernization Project Video Spotlight

May 05,2020 Menchaca

Menchaca Elementary School was one of the first modernization projects completed as part of the 2017 Bond program. The new campus began the Design Development…

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Key Information

  • Modernization Budget: $33,300,000
  • Total Budget: $33,351,000
  • Opening Date: January 8, 2020
  • Trustee: Geronimo Rodriguez, Jr.
  • Location: 12120 Manchaca Rd., Austin, Texas 78748
  • Existing Capacity: 606
  • New Capacity: 870
  • 2016/2017 Utilization: 123%

Project Team

  • Design-Build Team:
  • Campus Architectural Team:
    • Eliza Loyola, Principal
    • Ann Weitzman, Instructional Staff
    • Mary Tijerina, Instructional Staff
    • Leslie Rubio, Instructional Staff
    • Ariel Greco-Belz, Administrative Staff
    • Lydia Valdes, Parent
    • Shannon Puzey, Parent
    • Cat Young, Community Member
    • Trudy Richards, Community Member
    • Jason White, Community Member