Zavala Elementary School

Family and Learning Resources

  • Zavala offers a parent room with monthly classes in cooking, nutrition, and community resources. Call 512-414-2318 and ask for our parent support specialist (Jennifer Hernandez).
  • Our campus also provides Communities in Schools for selected families.
  • We are a title one school that also offers:
    • Project HELP (Hope & Empowerment ~ Leveraging Possibilities)

Our Mission

Project HELP's mission is to ensure the educational rights and protections due under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to all students experiencing homelessness.

Program Goals

Three primary goals of Project HELP include: (1) providing services to an increasing number of Austin ISD students under McKinney-Vento, (2) maintaining partnerships/collaborations with our many community resource collaborators, and (3) ensuring our service strategies are student-centered and aligned with students foremost being academically successful.

Homeless Children and Youth under the McKinney-Vento Act

Who are Homeless Children and Unaccompanied Youth?

McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) identifies homeless children and youth as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. Key provisions in identifying homeless children and youth include, but are not limited to:

  1. Doubled-up with other persons due to loss of housing, hardship or similar reason
  2. Living in motels, outdoor/public spaces, substandard housing or similar settings
  3. Living in shelters (emergency or transitional) or transitional housing programs
  4. Migratory children who are living in any of the above circumstances

Lupe Ochoa, Project Supervisor
Direct Line: (512) 414-6748
Email: lupe.ochoa@austinisd.org

Vertical Teams:
Bowie High School Vertical Team
Crockett High School Vertical Team
Eastside/International High Schools Vertical Team
Rosedale