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Forest Trail Elementary

Our School

Forest Trail Elementary
1203 S. Capital of Texas Highway,
Austin, Texas 78746

Phone: (512) 732-9160
Attendance: Login to SMARTtag Parent Portal to report an absence

Grades: K-5
Enrollment: 560
School Hours: 8:20 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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District: Eanes Independent School District

Principal: Holly Reid*
Assistant Principal: Michael Buthe*
Principal’s Secretary: Cursten Roe

* Campus Behavior Coordinator

  • TEA Met Standard School
  • U. S. Blue Ribbon School
  • Texas Successful Schools Award for Outstanding Performance
  • Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll
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Forest Trail is a K-5 campus that strives to promote a healthy sense of self-worth and a desire to help others while providing a strong academic foundation. At Forest Trail, the mission of working with children is guided by 12 belief statements that address learning, children’s needs, staff development, and cooperation. Forest Trail has been recognized at both national and state levels and has earned consistently earned the highest rating by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in state accountability ratings. The school’s comprehensive instructional program includes Music, Art and Physical Education in addition to core instruction. Special Education, Gifted and Talented services are available to qualifying students.

The Library Media Center is an integral part of the instructional program, promoting lifelong learning and information literacy. Programs bring notable authors of children’s books and performers of children’s plays to visit FTE students. Students also are encouraged to participate in both reading and writing programs at the state and national levels. Instructional technology also serves as an integral tool to the Forest Trail curriculum.

FTE serves approximately 600 students residing in the central part of the district. The school was built in 1985 and upgraded in both 2001 and in 2008.


We Believe...

  • Learning is a lifelong process.
  • Children and adults learn best in a safe, nurturing environment which is based on honesty, dignity, trust, and respect.
  • Children are teachers as well as learners.
  • Learning can be fun and goes beyond the classroom.
  • Risk taking is a valued part of the learning experience.
  • Student-centered and developmentally appropriate experiences enhance learning.
  • Collaboration, mutual respect, and professionalism among parents, students, and staff are essential to quality education.
  • Ongoing reflective evaluation of staff and programs are vital to ensure student growth and professional development of staff. 
  • To reach our potential, the Forest Trail Community must work together and be supportive of one another.
  • Although an educator or student's work is never complete, it is essential to have time for our family and self-reflection.
  • Our work is vitally important and its impact is endless.