Norman-Sims Elementary School

Austin ISD’s 2017 Bond called for the construction of a single, modernized elementary school at the Norman or Sims campus. As advised by a community planning team, the AISD Board of Trustees approved a $25 million investment in Norman Elementary School, funding the complete modernization of the campus as one of 17 new or modernized campuses.

The modernized Norman-Sims Elementary – officially re-named by the Board of Trustees on May 18, 2020 – will open in Spring 2021 and include flexible learning spaces, natural light, outdoor classrooms, and new media technology. A modernized school allows students to be active learners in 21st-century learning spaces as they collaborate, use technology and move within the classroom.

During construction on the original Norman campus, students are co-locating at Sims Elementary for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, forming the combined Norman & Sims Elementary Schools — the campus where Stars Shine and Tigers Roar Together!

Norman-Sims will be under construction for two years — until Spring 2021. During 2019-2020, most work will be behind the scenes as design and construction experts plan the modernized school. Construction began in Fall 2019. Watch the groundbreaking ceremony here.

The Spring 2020 community update is available in English and Spanish at this link.

Project Timeline

*Timeline and rendering subject to change

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Key Information

  • Modernization Budget: $25,000,000
  • Total Budget: $25,000,000
  • Anticipated Opening Date: Spring 2021
  • Trustee: LaTisha Anderson
  • Location: 4001 Tannehill Ln., Austin, Texas 78721
  • Existing Capacity: 486
  • 2016/2017 Utilization: 54%

Project Team

  • Design-Build Team:
  • Campus Architectural Team:
    • Betty Jenkins, Exec. Director for Area 2, AISD
    • Aleza Sitarz, SEL Specialist, AISD
    • Amber Rinehart, Technology Design Coach, AISD
    • Wendy Mills, Principal, Norman
    • Timesha Moten, Instructional Staff, Norman
    • Ivory Wright, Instructional Staff, Norman
    • Esther Jaimes, Parent Volunteer, Norman
    • Deyaporate Dorsey, Parent Support Specialist, Sims
    • Elizabeth Miesch, Instructional Staff, Sims
    • Kay Isaac, Parent, Sims
    • Jessica Andrew, Community Member
    • Rick Ravel, Community Member