Round Rock Independent School District serves the students of Wells Branch, Texas. Comprised of 30 elementary schools, nine middle schools, four high schools and three alternative learning facilities, Round Rock ISD has received a number of awards and has also been recognized by national and state publications such as US News and World Report, Newsweek, and Texas Monthly. Some of the district's awards include National Blue Ribbon Schools, Texas Blue Ribbon Schools, and International Baccalaureate Schools, among others.
Students looking to obtain a degree in higher education can do so at any of the colleges, universities, and trade schools within the area, including Austin Community College, The University of Texas at Austin, Saint Edward's University, Southwest Texas State University, Central Texas College, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Temple College, Park University, and Texas Culinary Academy. More than a handful of additional colleges and seminaries are located within the Austin, TX city limits.
Economy & Job Market
For residents of Wells Branch, commuting to the Austin metro area is a mere 20 minute drive away, where the high technology industry is the center of the area's economy. Home to two Fortune 500 companies (Dell and Whole Foods Market), Austin's economy and job market is strong and steady, offering residents plenty of employment opportunities. In addition to the engineering and high-tech job market, Austin is the home to quite a few biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, advertising agencies, and locally-owned firms and organizations. Some of the biggest employers within the city of Austin include Dell, IBM, the Austin Independent School District, City of Austin, the United States Federal Government, St. David's Healthcare Partnership, and The University of Texas.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Residents don't have to go very far to keep themselves busy as Wells Branch affords its residents with plenty to do, whether they're looking to perfect that triple lutz jump out on the ice rinks, play a few rounds of put-put golf or learn more about the county's historical roots or cultural attractions. If you're looking to spend the day ice skating, playing a few games of ice hockey, or making figure eights in the ice, then head on over to Chapparal Ice. Kids under the age of ten will want to check out the Kiddie Acres for a few rounds of miniature golf, pony rides, and a variety of other amusement park rides and carnival-styled food.
For those who'd like to learn more about the history and culture of Austin and Travis County, there are a number of museums available that will surely pique your interest, such as the Texas State History Museum, Texas Memorial Museum, Texas Military Forces Museum, Austin Children's Museum, Austin Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, Elisabet Ney Museum, and the O. Henry Museum.
As a booming metropolitan city, Austin has quite the reputation as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and it does not disappoint! Musicians, bands and performing artists can all be found at such festivals as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), and the Urban Music Festival. Other annual cultural events locals look forward to include the Austin Film Festival, O. Henry Pun-Off, Austin Reggae Festival, Carnaval, Pecan Street Festival, the Trail of Lights, and Spamarama.
Parks & Recreation
Golf lovers living in Wells Branch have the advantage of living in an area that's within driving distance to over 70 golf courses in a 30-mile radius. Nearby golf courses include the Great Hills Country Club, Blackhawk Golf Club, Austin Golf Club, Avery Ranch Golf Club, and Balcones Country Club. Travel on further down to Austin and you can play at Bluebonnet Hill Golf Club, Hancock Golf Course, Riverside Golf Course, Circle C Ranch Golf Club, Lions Municipal Golf Course, and Jimmy Clay Roy Kizer Golf Course, among many others.
If tennis is more your game, then head on over to Katherine Fleischer Park, which features two lighted concrete courts. Residents will also want to visit Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, located just off Lamar Boulevard/Loop 275. Perfect for mountain bikers, hikers, and our four-legged friends, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is great for picnics and enjoying a few games of volleyball, softball or basketball, or for taking a dip in the park's pool.
Another site that's popular with residents of Travis County is Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake). Featuring a number of parks along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, residents and visitors can enjoy the day hiking, biking, canoeing or kayaking the waters, and if you're in the area known locally as Zilker Park, check out the UMLAUF Sculpture Gardens, Botanical Gardens, and the Barton Creek Swimming Pool—a natural spring-fed pool that's reportedly over 1,000 feet long.
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