Based on my experience and observations, downtown does not have many families with teenagers, however we have lots of families with infants and toddlers. Many downtown Austin residents are making important decisions about their children’s education.
Fortunately, downtown feeds into one of the City’s best schools, an exemplary school: Mathews Elementary. Built in 1916, and located on West Lynn, the current boundaries for feeding students includes the UT graduate student housing on Lake Austin Blvd. This is the primary reason for Mathews’ diversity of cultures and backgrounds.
Right now Mathews only serves a dozen or so students from the downtown core. But, it’s just a matter of 2-4 years before a wave of downtown toddlers enter the AISD school system. Downtown Austin families with infants, that have moved here in the past few years, can sleep well knowing that [by good fortune] their children will have access to an exemplary elementary school.