6th Grade Leadership Institute

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lee Elementary Sixth Grade Leadership Institute is to develop academic enrichment opportunities for our students that build 21st century leadership and social skills that will facilitate personal development in preparation for secondary school and beyond. In this capacity, our sixth grade leaders will act as mentors and role models to their fellow roadrunners by providing services to help the school function, influencing stakeholders, and by assisting younger members of the school. In addition, students will engage with the larger Austin community through service learning projects, volunteerism, and experiential learning opportunities.


In order to attend the Lee Elementary 6th Grade Leadership Institute as a transfer student, simply fill out and return an AISD transfer request form. These forms are available in the office of all AISD schools or by request from the Registrar.

Learn more in our 6th Grade Institute Be a Leader Flyer.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I be academically prepared for middle school ( magnet or otherwise)?

Yes! We have an excellent academic focus that prepares students for middle school and beyond. Institute STAAR scores are in the top percentile of the district.

Will it be harder to get in to a magnet school if I attend the Leadership Institute?

Based on our experience, NO! over the past two years 87% of qualified applicants have been accepted to magnet programs

Will it be harder to make friends if I enter middle school in 7th grade?

NO! Most former students experience few if any problems making friends. In fact, many claim that their year at the Leadership Institute helped them be better prepared for the social transition to middle school.

Highlights of the Year Include:

  • Safety Patrol
  • Camp Champions overnight trip
  • Edison Lecture Series
  • Kinder-Buddies
  • Snack Sale
  • Personal Chromebooks
  • German Language Instruction
  • Band and Orchestra
  • Lee Creates Club
  • Special Academic Projects
  • UIL Academic Competition
  • Natural Bridge Caverns Field Trip
  • Shakespeare Festival

Contact Us

Julie Brown

Julie is a veteran teacher who has taught at Lee for over 15 years. She is a dedicated member of the Lee community.
Email: julie.pearson@austinisd.org

Alex Hubbard

Alex has been a teacher since 2009, and has been teaching at Lee since 2013. He is a former Texas Teaching Fellow and Teacher of Promise. Prior to teaching he worked in the human rights field.
Email: alex.hubbard@austinisd.org