Mission Statement  

Austin's Mission Statement


The mission of Mary B. Austin is to engage all students through relevant, individualized instruction that empowers students to take ownership of their learning and gain the skills necessary to think creatively, critically and independently within a safe and encouraging learning environment.


The vision of Mary B. Austin is to develop life-long learners who graduate from high school prepared for future endeavors.

  About The School  

Austin Elementary


Our Oak Tree, Old Ann



"Roots to Success"

Respect Ourselves and Other

Own our Learning                  

 Own Our Actions                     

 Treasure our Talents              

 Serve our Community            



Red and Blue


School Song


Your're a grand old school

You're the best of them all.

And together we all sing your praise.

You have brought us success and made us one

For learning in challenging ways.

Everyone feels true to the red and the blue

We know effort and honor's the rule;

As long as "Old Ann" stands so tall,

We'll be part of you, Austin School!


History of Mary B. Austin School

     Mary B. Austin School began as Spring Hill School just prior to 1900 on a site across Stein Street from our present location. The main building was opened on the present site in September, 1910, with a principal and two teachers. Additions were made in 1929 to the small building. In 1943, the name was changed at the request of the parents to honor Miss Mary B. Austin, who had served for over 20 years as principal.

     The school system built the "annex" in 1946 with parents adding the cafeteria in 1947. The PTA added two extra classrooms in 1959. The facilities were last renovated in 1967. Seven portables have been added since that time. The original Spring Hill School wood frame building was moved onto the campus by the PTA in 1988 to house kindergarten classes. In addition to Miss Austin, principals have included Miss Catherine Lining (1943-1966), Miss Flora Mary Pearson (1966-1978), Mrs. Glenys Mason (1978-1989), Mrs Lexie Barnett (1989-1999) and Mrs. Jackie Zeigler (present).

     Austin School is accredited by the state of Alabama (1978) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

     Austin has been a Partner in Education with Springhill Memorial Hospital since 1988. Other partners include Mobile Museum of Art, Bank Trust, St. Paul's Episcopal School, Springhill Medical Center, Regions Bank, Murphy High School, Springhill Presbyterian Church, Zeas Restaurant, Elizabeth's Garden, Alabama Art Supply, Morgan Keegan and Company, , Jumps-a-lot, ICS Communications, Inc., Al's 5 & 10, Home Depot, Harvest Church, AT&T, Zoghby Uniforms, Pump It Up, Springhill College Department of Education, Springhill College Department of Athletics.

     Austin serves a student body of racial, economic and cultural diversity. Many prominent citizens are Austin alumni who retain fond memories of "Old Ann," Play Day, and excellent teachers. Austin is noted for achieving a high rate of academic success for its students in an atmosphere of caring concern for each individual and with the involvement of the parents, community and staff, past and present.

     In 2002, Austin was placed in a new two-story building in September. A new administration, media center and classroom addition was completed and opened March 2003. The original Springhill School was totally renovated and serves as an open classroom for our student body.

     Bricks and cornices from the original main building were saved before its demolition and are now incorporated into the school sign located at Stein an Provident.

     For the School Year 2006-2007, Austin received the prestigious national award of NCLB-Blue Ribbon School by the Us Department of Education.  We were one of only two schools in Alabama to be recognized for this honor.  NCLB_Blue Ribbon Award honors schools that are academically superior and/or have shown dramatic gains in student achievement. Austin was selected because we helped close the achievement gap and achieved gains and have received recognition by Alabama State Department of Education of exceeding AYP scores and closing the achievement gap.



MCPSS Mission Statement

The mission of the Mobile County Public School System is to graduate citizens who are literate, responsible and committed to learning over a lifetime."

We envision a Mobile County Public School System where a variety of pathways to academic and career success are available for all students; where adults consistently work in a collaborative school culture to improve student learning; where all educators willingly accept responsibility for the academic success of each student; and where all students become independent life-long learners confident in their ability to succeed in a global society following high school graduation.

We believe a strong and equitable public school system is central to our success in a global economy. We believe the skilled performance of employees at all levels in the school system drives the achievement of high academic standards and determines organizational success. We believe that we must have a high performing school system that encourages employee participation in collaborative, problem-solving activities.  Based on these core beliefs, we are committed to:

• Providing an ethical school system that requires fair treatment, honesty, openness, integrity and respect for all stakeholders

• Providing all students with the opportunity to perform to their fullest potential and ensuring that there is no discernable difference between the achievement levels of students by race, gender or economic level

• Placing a principal with strong instructional leadership and management skills as the key leader in every school

• Building and promoting an organizational climate where all teachers take responsibility for the academic achievement of their students

• Enhancing our personnel through meaningful professional staff development

• Operating effectively and efficiently with fiscal accountability

• Educating all students in safe and orderly environments conducive to learning

• Providing all students access to a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum

• Partnering with all stakeholders to maximize student learning

• Embracing our community's diversity and using it to enhance the educational environment

• Providing multiple pathways to graduation which prepare students to make informed career choices

• Preparing all students to be successful in institutions of higher learning or the workforce without a need for remediation

• Using internal and external stakeholder feedback to continually improve the services we offer

• Developing professional learning communities where shared decision making is expected