Youth & Education
Virginia Department of Education
The state agency's mission is to develop and maintain a public education system that ensures student success.
Established in 1987, Mendez Middle School serves more than 600 students in the seventh and eighth grades. The school is named after Consuelo Herrera Mendez, who worked as an educator for more than 50 years and advocated tirelessly on behalf of the Mexican-American community. She left behind a lasting legacy as the first Latina teacher hired by the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the first to translate a school parent, teacher and student newsletter into Spanish. In honor of this legacy, Mendez Middle School encourages students not only to succeed academically but also to engage in community service and begin thinking about professional development at a young age.
In 2004, Mendez Middle School implemented the innovative platform KidBiz3000 for its students. The web-based reading and writing instruction program for second through eighth grade students is designed to integrate with the teacher's lesson plans and curriculum. The program allows every teacher to assign individualized reading and writing assignments according to each student's personal level, offering personalized coursework that can improve proficiency.
Programming - KidBiz3000