About Us

Clifton Career Development School is dedicated to providing students with disabilities quality instruction in areas of Career and Technical Education. Clifton CDS currently offers instruction in the areas of Agriculture Mechanics, Career Preparation, Child Care, Culinary Arts, Health Science, Horticulture, and Hospitality.

We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about the opportunities at Clifton. For additional information or to schedule a visit, please contact us.


Mother's Day Plant Sale May 7th! (click for flier)

We are having our final plant sale of the year, just in time for Mother's Day! Come see our wide variety of plants grown by Clifton students for sale at reduced prices. We will also be selling:

  • Fresh cut flower bouquets
  • Handmade toys for kids 3+
  • Gourmet doughnuts (Gordough's style), breakfast tacos and beverages
Make sure to arrive early on May 7th - our sale hours are from 8am - 12pm. Cash or check only.

No Place For Hate

Clifton CDS has been a No Place For Hate campus since 2012. This year we increased our programming to one event each 6 weeks. Child Care students created videos and power point presentations on cybersafety, stereotypes, and being an ally who stands up against bullying. They also came up with activities and games to play. Our February event was Peace through Pies. We played Getting to Know You Bingo and ate pies and pizzas made by each class. Clifton will continue to support NP4H8 programming because we understand social and emotional learning are an important part of student success.

Mr. Dishner and a student exchange bingo answers students and staff play getting to know you bingo

Region 13 Transition Fair Saturday, April 23, 2016

Information to Support People with Disabilities

This event is FREE and open to the public. Doors will be open between 10:00 am—1:00 pm at Region 13. 5701 Springdale Road, Austin, TX, 78723.

  • Employment options
  • Higher education programs and accommodations
  • Independent living
  • Community access
  • Financial planning
  • Agencies and adult service providers
  • Support and advocacy organizations
  • Social, recreation, and support networks

Clifton students in the news!

Check out this KEYE news story about Clifton Ag Mechanics students modifying a picnic bench for Austin High students who use wheelchairs.

Project SEARCH at University Medical Center Brackenridge Update

Project SEARCH has had a successful beginning to the spring semester. 11 interns are hard at work completing their second rotations in various departments throughout University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB). Our interns are assisting patients, analyzing hospital data, providing supports for nursing students in the simulation lab, preparing food for patients and staff, and stocking supplies used throughout the hospital. During class they are continuing to build their independent living skills by developing personal budgets, comparing banks, and creating healthy meal plans. Congratulations to Alaina who received the Intern of the Month Award for January due to her outstanding work ethic and attitude while in her internship in Food and Nutrition Services.

In February, 3 Project SEARCH interns have been hired at Seton. Peyton began a job working at Dell Children’s Medical Center as a floor supply specialist assistant in the Emergency Department. At University Medical Center Brackenridge Bella began working in the Materials Management Department as a full time floor supply specialist and builds case carts that are used during surgery. Jermaine is also working at UMCB in Food and Nutrition Services as a food service worker where he prepares patient food and delivers it to the floors. Way to go Peyton, Bella, and Jermaine!

Applications for Project SEARCH for the 2016-17 school year have been submitted and interviews will be held on March 7th. We look forward to meeting the prospective interns! If you are interested in Project SEARCH or if you would like more information, please contact Renee Salvi, Project SEARCH teacher, at renee.salvi@austinisd.org or call 512-324-7092.

Student working in Materials Management Bella hired at Brackenridge JW hired at Brackenridge Sabrina working in the Simulation Lab

Clifton Horticulture Update

Mark your calendars for Clifton’s Annual Plants and Pancakes Sale on Saturday, March 5. Our greenhouse is overflowing with plants of all varieties for your gardening pleasure. And to sweeten the morning, the Hospitality Program will be selling pancakes, coffee, and other breakfasty delectables. The sale is open to the public and lasts from 8am-noon, so come early and bring your appetite and your green thumb!

Speaking of green thumbs, our students recently showed off theirs at the Travis County Youth Fair in January. We had seven Class Champion winners, as well as seven reserve class champion awards. Congratulations to all of the students that participated!

Aside from our success in the Youth Fair, the Horticulture Program is happy to announce that we have been awarded a $3000 grant through the City of Austin’s Bright Green Future School Grant Program. These funds are for a rainwater collection system that will provide water for our garden and greenhouse, as well as for our newest venture, a gourmet mushroom cultivation project.

Student with plant at Youth Fair Lemon Oyster mushroom Student with plant at Youth Fair Clifton Greenhouse

Scholarship Awarded

Clifton's Child Care program was awarded a scholarship to cover admission for a student field trip to the Thinkery, Austin's Children's Museum. The funding is provided by ACCESS for Learning, Inc. ACCESS is committed to connecting schools and cultural institutions throughout Austin, and strives to provide the opportunity for students to see the world beyond their classrooms. Ms. Wine and her students are grateful for their support!

Travis County Youth Show Participation

Clifton programs participated in the 2016 Travis County Youth Show. We are proud to report great results:


  • Champion Barbeque Sauce- Camry Jones
  • Reserve Champion in the Dried Foods category- Valerie Garza
  • 2 Blue Ribbons in the Pie and Candy category- Tu Anh Phung and Angela Ventura
  • 6 Red Ribbons- McKenzie Greenwalt, Ariana Moreno, Makalia Sutton, Christian Tienda, Jose Ruiz, and Shervin Seyvani


  • 1st place Heavy Weight Fine Wool Cross- Daniel Contereras
  • 2nd place Heavy Weight Dorper- Alex Roebuck
  • 2nd place Light Weight Dorper- Jai Castro
  • 2nd place Light Weight Fine Wool- Guillermo Miranda


  • Courtney Crawford- Red Ribbon for red chili hot sauce
  • Omar Veliz- Blue Ribbon for hard candies
  • Angelica Otero- Blue Ribbon for chowchow (preserved vegetables)
  • Michael Meyer- Red Ribbon for chocolate candies
  • Quintin Scott- Red Ribbon for decorated cookies

Clifton Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to David Carroll, Clifton's Teacher of the Year for 2015-16!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Project SEARCH at UMCB Update

Project SEARCH at University Medical Center Brackenridge interns are wrapping up their first internships at the hospital. The interns have been very successful in their first rotations, gaining work skills that will be invaluable when applying for competitive employment in the spring. After Winter Break, the interns will begin a second rotation in a new department.

Congratulations to our Interns of the Month who received this award for their outstanding work ethic during the first rotation: Bella Tovar (September), Nereida Calzada (October), and Nancy Hernandez-Castelan (November). All the interns deserve a pat on the back for their hard work and dedication to their departments.

Congratulations are also in order for Douglas Pryor. He has obtained paid employment at University Medical Center Brackenridge in the Materials Management Department as a Floor Supply Specialist and will begin his new job at the end of December. Way to go Douglas!

Project SEARCH students Douglas

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Clifton Horticulture News

Fall is a time for sweet success for the Clifton Horticulture Program. Our students recently harvested, extracted, and bottled honey from our apiary. We just sold last few jars and are pleased to report that our bees are happy, healthy and preparing for the cold season.

Speaking of the season, we have a bumper crop of poinsettias this year that are nearing perfection. Our greenhouse is awash in brilliant red, white, gold, and green. We will soon begin distribution of the over 400 poinsettias that have been pre-sold to the community. That’s a lot of colorful cheer to go around!

We are also busy preparing for the Travis County Youth Fair, in which many of our students will be showing the plants they have been caring for this semester. We have students competing in many horticulture categories, including flowering plants, foliage plants, cacti, vines and ferns. Stay tuned for results of the competition in January, as well as news of our ongoing horticultural adventures!

Brandon with Poinsettias Clifton Student Bee Keepers Youth Fair Contestants

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lamb and Goat Show

Mr. Duncum's Animal Science students braved the cold and rain to attend the Lake Travis lamb and goat prospect show on Saturday, November 7. Eight students showed 10 lambs in seven classes, and all placed.

  • Alex Roebuck - Reserve Champion and 4th place
  • Jesse Trevino - 3rd place
  • Noe Munoz - 2nd place
  • Walker Kaatz - 3rd place
  • Ivan Benites - 3rd place
  • Guillermo Miranda- 3rd & 4th places
  • Truett Peter - 4th place
  • Joann Garcia - 6th place

Lamb and Goat show participants student with lamb

Monday, November 9, 2015

Child Care holds Baby Olympics

Students in Practicum in Human Services created events and scoring rubrics for the Child Development students. The events included Diaper Changing, Formula Mixing, Car Seat, Crib Mattress, and Play Pen Set Up. In the case of a tie, we had a timed Infant Fire Drill, which required getting 4 babies out of the building safely in under 2 minutes. The second year Practicum students awarded homemade medals to the first year students with the highest scores in each event.

Child Development students have been learning about the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Social development of children from birth to Kindergarten. They have chosen safe toys, sorted books by age and theme, made posters explaining how play activities foster development, and created videos about activities you can do with kids to help them learn through play.

Practicum students continue to go to the Clubhouse Cadets center at Zavala Elementary to assist with the care of infants and toddlers. They gain valuable experiences to reflect on and create fun activities for the toddlers.

Students will be attempting CPR with AED certification before the end of the semester, and will attempt the First Aid certification after the holiday break.

Baby Olympic medalists sorting books by age and theme baby fire drill working with babies at Zavala

Friday, October 30, 2015

Project SEARCH at University Medical Center Brackenridge update

Project SEARCH is excited to begin their second year at University Medical Center Brackenridge with a great group of 8 interns. Everyone is off to a great start in their first rotation at the hospital. The interns are developing work skills in their various departments and learning alongside supportive co-workers and job coaches. DeAnn Brown and Justine Salsbury from Austin ISD and Jessi Behnke from Goodwill are job coaching the interns in the following departments: the Simulation Lab, Patient Access, Imaging, Materials Management, Sterile Processing, Environmental Services, the Clinical Education Center, and Food Services.

Project SEARCH can’t wait to see how the interns grow throughout the year and where their journey to work takes them. The 2015-2016 group of interns at University Medical Center Brackenridge are: Nereida, Nancy, Ruby, Douglas, Bella, Aaron, Aleisha and Jermaine. Each month an intern is recognized as Intern of the Month for outstanding character and work ethic. Congratulations to Bella, Intern of the Month for September, and Nereida, Intern of the Month for October.

For more information on Project SEARCH at University Medical Center Brackenridge feel free to contact the teacher, Renee Salvi, at 512-324-7092 or renee.salvi@austinisd.org. We are looking forward to updating everyone on the interns’ successful employment as the year progresses.

Project SEARCH group Project SEARCH student

Project SEARCH student Project SEARCH student

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hands-on Learning

Health Science students are using fun, alternative methods to learn about the systems of the body. Ms. Munoz and Ms. Martinez help the students understand the respiratory system by having them make lungs with assorted treats. The results were visual, tactile, tasty, and memorable.

rice crispy lungs rice crispy lungs

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spaghetti Fest 2015 is a huge success!

3rd year students worked hard to promote, prepare and work at Clifton's 2nd annual Spaghetti Fest. We had a lot of fun and made over $2000.00! A huge thank you to Cat at the Olive Garden for donating breadsticks to go along with our spaghetti and salad, as well as Cakes by Ms. Kim for donating the cakes and cupcakes for our dessert table.

Over half of the funds generated came from our silent auction items, all of which were graciously donated by the following businesses:

  • Austin Symphony
  • Austin Steam Train Association
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Holiday Inn, Town Lake
  • Jack's Links
  • Kerbey Lane
  • Pappas Restaurants
  • Texas Rowing Center
  • Woods Fun Center
  • Alamo Drafthouse
  • Amy's Ice Cream
  • Birds Barbershop
  • Chaparral Ice
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chuy's
  • Halina European Day Spa
  • Hopdoddy
  • In-n-Out Burger
  • K&N Management
  • Kickbutt Coffee
  • Maudie's
  • Pinot's Palette
  • Pok-e-Jo's
  • Raising Cane's
  • Round Rock Express
  • Tacodeli
  • The Thinkery
  • Thundercloud Subs
  • Verts Kebap
  • Wheatsville Co-Op
  • A huge thank you to everyone who attended our event and the hardworking students and families that made it all happen!

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    Disability Mentoring Day

    Practicum II had 3 students participate in Disability Mentoring Day on October 21st. This is a national event where young people with disabilities can experience their dream job for a day. We had students job shadow at the Bob Bullock Museum, Crema Bakery and Cafe and Sterling Affairs catering company. The students had a fun, interactive morning at their job sites and then went to a luncheon and awards ceremony in the afternoon hosted by the Mayor's Committee of Austin. It was a wonderful day for all involved!

    student participating in DMD Day student participating in DMD Day

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Ag Students Compete in Lamb Shows

    Fifteen of Mr. Duncum's Animal Science students participated in lamb prospect shows at Bowie High School on October 3 and Hendrickson High School on October 17. The students are practicing their showing skills and preparing their sheep for the Travis County Show in January.

    Placing at Bowie

    • Jai Castro - Reserve Champion
    • Alex Roebuck - 3rd place
    • Jessie Trevino - 5th place
    • Shay Martinez - 7th place

    Placing at Hendrickson

    • Jai Castro - Grand Champion
    • JoAnn Garcia - 2nd place
    • Eric Quintero - 2nd place
    • Alex Amaya - 2nd place
    • Ivan Benites - 3rd place
    • Alex Roebuck - 3rd and 4th places
    • Eric Cavazos - 3rd place
    • Guillermo Miranda - 5th place

    The next prospect show will be at Manor on October 24.

    Ag student with lamb Ag student with lamb Ag student with lamb

    Monday, October 19, 2015

    Project SEARCH at DCMC update

    The 2015-2016 Project SEARCH interns at Dell Children’s Medical Center are having a successful start to their year and are already halfway through their first rotations. Our seven interns are gaining a variety of new job skills, have made meaningful connections with their co-workers and are now working independently in their assigned internships. Internship rotations include Food Services, Materials Management, Patient Floors, Emergency Department, Pharmacy, Administration and Respiratory Screening. Our interns are supported by two dedicated AISD job coaches, Mary Watkins and Janet Hansen, whose training and daily support have fostered the level of independence our interns are demonstrating in their internships.

    I’m very happy to see the progress all interns have made to date and look forward to sharing their successes throughout the year.

    For more information about Project SEARCH, please contact Joanna Puga-Mello, AISD teacher with Project SEARCH, at 512-324-9999 ext. 86127 or joanna.puga-mello@austinisd.org.

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Thank You, Families!

    Clifton staff enjoyed meeting student families and sharing information about our program. Thanks to all who attended our Family Night on October 7. If you were unable to attend, but have questions or concerns, feel free to click on Contact Us at the top of this page and email us. We will get back to you right away.

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    Project SEARCH at UMCB newsletter

    Check out what is happening with the Project SEARCH students at Brackenridge in their first newsletter of the year. Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Culinary Arts news

    Happy New (School) Year! Clifton Culinary Arts has gotten off to a roaring start. Let's begin by welcoming aboard our new Teaching Assistant Maria Carrasco. She is a great addition to our Clifton Culinary Arts team! Culinary Arts' second year students rolled out the red carpet to welcome our new students and rolled up their sleeves to get to work at their internship. Our new students are currently hard at work finishing up their Texas Food Handler training courses. In the kitchen they are learning to navigate their way around while learning new skills, hands on. Crowne Plaza is once again a fabulous partner in our quest to teach real world job skills in real world environments. Culinary Arts' Practicum students have gotten to work in the kitchen with Executive Chef John leading the way and are looking forward to a great internship year. Thanks Crowne Plaza!

    On a more social note, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Services have begun this year's Friday Luncheons. We kept is simple for the first week with salad and grilled chicken, then set off into our Hispanic Heritage Month series. Week one featured the culture and cuisine of Mexico with enchiladas rice and beans, and an AMAZING tres leches cake. Last week (9/25) our classes made a foray into the cuisines of Cuba and Puerto Rico with authentic Cuban sandwiches, Puerto Rican rice and beans, and fried tostones. Our students are really looking forward to this week's South American theme and next week's Spanish themed luncheons before heading off into the world of European culture and cuisine. As usual Culinary Arts strives to make as much as possible from scratch. If you are interested in being added to our Friday Luncheon email list feel free to email aaron.mason@austinisd.org for more information. Stay tuned for updates on class happenings and pictures from our luncheons!

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Introducing Health Science at Clifton!

    We are excited to welcome teacher Maricela Munoz and teaching assistant Alyssa Martinez to Clifton. Students will begin Health Science classes on Wednesday, September 23.

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Public Comment at Regular AISD School Board Meetings

    Every regular board meeting includes one hour for Public Comment. Each speaker is allotted two minutes. This allows up to 30 speakers, who speak in the order in which they signed up, to address the board about the issue of their choice. Those who wish to speak during Public Comment must sign up on the day of the meeting, before the meeting begins. Members of the community are invited to address the AISD Board during the public comment period at regularly scheduled Board meetings. Each speaker is limited to two minutes, with a limit of 30 speakers.

    Public comments phone registration begins Friday, August 28th. Call 512-414-4411. Sign up from 1–5 p.m. the Friday before a board meeting and 7:45 a.m.–7 p.m.* the day of a board meeting *From 4:45 –7 p.m., sign up is in person only. Speakers will be asked to provide the following information: The subject to be addressed, speaker's name, and, if applicable, the group or organization the speaker represents. An individual may not sign up for another person, nor can speakers exchange time or yield time to others.

    Friday, May 29, 2015

    Grant Awarded

    Clifton’s Horticulture program has received a $1000 grant from Rainwater Revival for a water conservation project. This project involves design and installation of a system to harvest rainwater from an existing 3500 square foot barn. The water will be stored in a 2500 gallon storage tank and transported to an adjacent garden, fruit orchard, and turf grass project, using an inline pump and drip irrigation lines. Clifton already has a rainwater collection system on our main building. These projects teach students skills and concepts relevant to current trends in the horticulture field. Thank you to Rainwater Revival!

    Rainwater collection system

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015


    Clifton staff were recognized at the annual AISD Salute celebration on Tuesday, May 19 at the AISD Performing Arts Center. Principal Tony Dishner was a finalist for Principal of the Year, Jenny Larson is Clifton's Teacher of the Year, and new teacher Lindy Hutton is our 2014-15 Teacher of Promise. We are proud of all of our staff here at Clifton CDS.

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    Project SEARCH at Brackenridge Update

    The inaugural year of Project SEARCH at University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB) has been full of success stories and positive learning experiences. Congratulations to all 8 students who have worked hard this year to reach their goals and a big thank you to all the departments at UMCB that have provided an environment for the students to learn and grow.

    5 out of the 8 students have been hired either at Brackenridge or out in the community. Marvin is a UMCB employee working in the PACU B to transport patients. In Day Surgery at UMCB, Shaniya is the first person patients see when checking in for surgery and she transports them where they need to go. The Emergency Department at UMCB has found a hard working employee in Ama, who transports patients throughout the hospital. The most recent hire at UMCB is Jeremy, who is now working in Food Services assembling patient food trays and delivering them to rooms. Congratulations also goes to Janell, who was recently offered a position at GattiTown and will be starting work this week.

    3 students are continuing to work hard in their internships at UMCB. Lena is in the Clinical Lab, performing clerical work for patients getting their labs drawn. The hospital’s flu stations remained fully stocked thanks to Mai, interning in Environmental Services. Marisol helps check patients in and answers phone calls in Patient Access. Each of these students is working with a Goodwill Trainer and Job Placement Specialist to find a job in the community that matches their skills and interest. All of the students will be participating in the Project SEARCH graduation on June 4th at UMCB. It will be a chance to celebrate their success and the multitude of skills they have learned this year. The Project SEARCH staff is proud of their dedication and commitment to finding competitive employment!

    Project SEARCH students at Brackenridge

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015

    Practicum II Update

    Springtime not only brings high temperatures and pollen counts, it also brings more employment opportunities for students! Several Practicum II students have gained employment over the last 2 months at businesses including Intown Suites, Walgreens, Bubble'z and Sudd'z, Pizza Hut, Logan's and La Madeleine. The students are enjoying work..... and their paychecks!

    In April, Practicum II students traveled to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas after their successful fundraising efforts this year. They had a blast at the country's largest indoor waterpark where they played and got a special tour of the various rooms and amenities available at the hotel. Along the way, they also stopped at the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco and the home of the Dallas Cowboys, the AT&T Coliseum in Arlington. Students said that the only thing that would have made the trip better was if they could have stayed longer! A huge thank you again to all of the businesses that donated items for our silent auction and for everyone in the community who attended and supported our events. Without you, our students would never have these wonderful opportunities.

    students at att stadium Dr. Pepper Museum

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Culinary Arts has been busy!

    Clifton Culinary arts students are breaking in a new range oven and griddle. Thanks to the Career and Tech Ed department, students are now able to practice their culinary on a new (and fully functional) piece of equipment. Students put it through its paces last week as they prepped for their Friday luncheon of Navajo tacos, hominy, nopalitos, pinto beans and sauteed mushrooms. This week, students Quintin and Courtney tested out their burger flipping skills!

    Quintin at the grill Courtney at the grill

    On Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15, the Austin Community College Culinary Arts program hosted our students so they could learn about what it takes to continue a culinary education after high school. Chef Laura LaGue graciously lead the tour through their impressive kitchens and told our students about the elements of Culinary Arts at the college level. Students were impressed by the teamwork they saw and got to show off their own familiarity with kitchen equipment and procedures. To top it off, Clifton students got to sit in on a post-luncheon discussion involving both ACC Culinary Arts students and Service Class students.

    Clifton students visit ACC Culinary Arts

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015


    Horticulture students Vincente Ayala-Castillo and Elena Castellanos passed all three portions of the Texas State Florists' Association's High School Level 1 Floral Certification.

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    Supported Employment news

    Our congratulations to Supported Employment's 6 Employment Consultants for the 2014-2015 school year! Out of 60 students the 6 Consultants serve - 30 students are working! (4 students from Clifton CDS, 4 students from high school campuses and 22 students from GO Project) If you are ever in their place of business - please tell them thank you for working with AISD Supported Employment!

    • IHOP - Slaughter
    • Mage's Sanctum - Slaughter
    • Double Dave's Pizza - West William Cannon
    • Marshall's - Arbor Walk
    • Englewood Estates - Jones Rd
    • J.W. Marriot - 2nd St./Downtown
    • Austin Thinkery Museum
    • Mangia Pizza - Mesa Dr.
    • AISD Police Dept - 6th Street
    • Long Center For The Performing Arts
    • B.J.'s Bar and Grill - Arbor Walk
    • Whataburger - Cameron Rd
    • Applebee's - William Cannon
    • Ci Ci's Pizza - West William Cannon
    • Amaya's Taco Village - Southpark Village
    • Trader Joe's - Bee Caves
    • TGIF Friday - Southpark Meadows
    • Chuck E. Cheese - South IH 35
    • Torchy's Tacos - 1st St
    • Burger King - Braker Lane and Mopac
    • Eastside Pies - 51st
    • Kerbey Lane Cafe - UT area
    • Verde's Mexican Parilla - Hamilton Pool Road
    • McDonald's
    • Panera Bread - Bee Caves
    • Panera Bread - N. Capitol Texas Hwy
    • Citi Trens - Aiport
    • Walgreen's - Plugerville
    • Walgreen's - Rundberg/Lamar
    • Home Depot - Brodie

    Tuesday, March 10,2015

    Project SEARCH at Dell Children's Medical Center update

    The Project SEARCH interns are wrapping up the last week of their second rotations and are in the process of working with their Goodwill Training and Placement Specialist on applying for jobs in the community and within the Seton hospitals. Interns have been working in the following departments during their second rotations: Food Services, Materials Management, Sterile Processing, Emergency Department, Respiratory Screener in the Emergency Department, Pharmacy, NICU and Clinical Assistant intern in seven patient units. Interns have enjoyed their rotations and have gained a variety of not only work skills but social, team building and problem solving skills.

    We also want to take this opportunity to highlight the following interns for receiving Project SEARCH Intern of the Month: Maria N. (October); Camry C. (November), Christian H. (January) and Michael H. & Emelia F. (tie for February). Congratulations to all the winners for demonstrating a positive attitude, work ethic, class participation and perfect attendance!

    Project SEARCH students at DCMC

    In the upcoming months we will continue to work on the skills needed to obtain and maintain competitive employment and prepare for graduation. We are also in the process of recruiting for our next internship class this Fall. Applications were due in February and interviews for both Project SEARCH sites will occur on Monday, March 9, 2015.

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    Child Care

    Clifton's Child Care students have been busy. We have been learning all about the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of children, and how to help guide them with positive redirection and role modeling. We have participated in CPR with AED and First Aid training, with many students recieving a certification. We are now ready to take our Texas Food Handler's certificaton tests as well.

    Our second year students go to Zavala Elementary once a week to work with the infants and toddlers at their Clubhouse Cadets child care center. This is a win-win arrangement since the kids love the extra attention and our students get experience with real children. PreK students from Zavala came to tour our campus recently, to learn about careers. We enjoyed hosting these energetic and curious new friends. Now we will take several field trips to child care related locations.

    Clifton student working with children Clifton students with Realcare babies

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Updates from Horticulture

    The Clifton Greenhouse is almost ready for spring. We have over 4000 plants in the greenhouse waiting for warmer weather. On Saturday, March 14, the horticulture program will hold its annual spring break plant sale. We will have a large variety of plants available. This includes native plants, vegetables, cactus, indoor plants, oak trees and annual flowers. Please come out and support the students and their hard work.

    On Friday, January 23, 2015, 7 students in the Clifton Horticulture Program sold 7 class winners in the Travis County Youth Show. These students won over $4,500 in cash at the auction. Congratulations to a job well done.

    • Vicente Ayala-Castillo – Lanier – Foliage Garden - $500
    • Tyler Von Quintus – Bowie – Cactus Garden - $950
    • Antwon Williams – Crocket – Cactus - $500
    • Steve Villegas – Crocket – Fern - $500
    • Jaydelynne Marsden – McCallum – Flowering Plant - $900
    • Manuel Gaytan – Akins – Foliage Plant - $600
    • Diamond Bigham – Lanier –Vine Plant - $500

    Honey Bees are alive and well at the Clifton CDS. In September, we started 3 hives. Our students are responsible for inspecting, feeding and collecting honey during the fall and spring months. In May, we hope to collect and sale our honey to the general public. Honey is $10 per pound. In the meantime, the bees are helping our local environment by pollinating and ensuring our native plants continue to reproduce year after year.

    Monday, February 16, 2015

    Ag Mechanics

    On Friday January 16, students from Clifton Center FFA participated in the annual Travis County Youth Show held at the Exposition Center. Clifton had a total of twenty sheep that were shown by sixteen participants. The students worked very hard the entire year in order to do well at the show. While all FFA members did an amazing job, four did well enough to make the premium sale. Joseph Rameriz placed 1st with his Medium Wool, Xavier Mendez had a 3rd place Medium Wool, Michael Young placed 3rd in the Cross Wool class, and Matt Rosenblatt was 8th place with his Medium Wool. Those four students were awarded over $4500 that will go back into the program and allow future students to continue showing animals.

    Clifton Ag students showing sheep

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    Practicum II

    Third year students in Practicum II have accomplished many great things already in 2015! After returning from the holiday break, students were trained and certified in 1st Aid, CPR and AED through the American Heart Association. This is the 2nd of 3 certifications they may achieve this year, along with the Texas Food Handler's Permit and TABC certification.

    Several students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field toured the Project SEARCH programs at Dell Children's Hospital and Brackenridge in January and are working on completing applications to be considered for the training program during the 2015-16 school year.

    We are also extremely excited for 3 current Practicum II students and 1 Clifton alumni who were recently hired at the new JW Marriott hotel that will be opening in downtown Austin next month. The hotel is designed to host large conventions and meetings, with more than 112,000 square feet of event space, 42 meeting rooms and 1,012 guest rooms. The hotel will also achieve a LEED Silver certification and two-star Austin Energy Green Building rating, Upon completion in February 2015, the 340-story hotel will not only be the largest hotel in Austin, but also the largest JW Marriott in the United States and the second largest JW Marriott in the world. Visit their website herefor more information.

    Clifton students learn 1st Aid Clifton students learn CPR Clifton students tour Project SEARCH Clifton students employed at JW Marriott hotel

    Monday, January 26, 2015


    Jenny Larson is Clifton's Teacher of the Year!

    Clifton Success Stories, Volume 3

    Jacob Guerrero attended the Clifton Ag/Mechanics Program a few years ago. He came by the other day to say hello. Jacob is now attending the Welding program at Austin Community College. He says college is fun and interesting, and he enjoys learning something new each day. He credits Clifton and Mr. Duncum for teaching him to weld and preparing him for college. He plans to continue his coursework to complete the certifications ACC offers. We are always glad to hear from former students about their successful transition from school to work or college. Congratulations Jacob!

    Jacob in Clifton's welding class

    Clifton Success Stories, Volume 2

    Alden completed the Culinary Arts program at Clifton. She learned team work, got her Texas Food Handler's certificate, acquired proper kitchen skills, time management, organization, responsibility and so much more. She currently works at Austin's Pizza for four hours a week and at Cafe Express four hours a week, for a total of eight hours a week. Her employers have dress codes she must follow. She wears a tee shirt with restaurant logo and jeans or black slacks. Alden's mom drives her to work. She likes working because she has made new friends, learned lots about restaurants and cooking and she has her own money to spend. She says she would not be able to do her job if she had not learned all about the right way to work in a professional kitchen at Clifton. She plans to continue working and would like to work full time someday. She also would like to live in a house with some friends. Alden's family is really proud of her, and so are we!


    Clifton Success Stories, Volume 1

    Oralia was a student at Clifton from January 2008 to May 2010. She decided to come to Clifton because she thought it was an awesome school! She attended the Business Program with Mrs. Wine. She learned many things, but she says the most important lesson she learned was, no matter how hard the situation, never give up on your dreams.

    In her third year at Clifton, Mrs. Borders helped Oralia find her job at Faith Presbyterian Child Development Center. She is happily surprised that she still works there and she enjoys making money. She works 40 hours a week as a Teacher Assistant. She is also working on earning her Child Development Certificate at the ACC Eastview campus. Her goal is to keep working and to get a place of her own.

    Oralia would like to tell students that Clifton is an awesome school and you could learn a lot by going to Clifton. She also says the staff is amazing! We at Clifton miss Oralia and are very proud of all she has accomplished.



Friday, April 29, 2016

Culinary Arts $5 Friday lunch is British Bangers and Mash, green peas, cake, and tea. Please RSVP to aaron.mason@austinisd.org

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Plant Sale from 8am to noon at the Clifton Greenhouse.

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When the student returns to school, they need to bring a note from a doctor with the date(s) of absence(s), and the reason for the absence. Students with 4 or more absences in a semester are at risk of losing credit for the class. Students should ask their teacher how they can make-up the work they missed.

For more information, see the AISD webpage on attendance: Every Day Counts

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