Joe Dan Mills, Jr. Elementary

Our Programs

Mills Elementary is committed to educating the Whole Child. A solid academic foundation opens many doors for our students' futures. Healthy habits, cultural awareness, appreciation for fine arts, and social/emotional skills are also critical in developing happy and productive global citizens. We are proud of our strong educational programming.


For more information on local programs and services available through AISD, please take a moment to visit this website:

AISD Local Programs and Services



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 


Department of School, Family & Community Education

Baker Center, 3908 Avenue B, Room 201

Austin, TX 78751

Office: (512) 414-3690

Fax: (512) 414-0761