Austin Discovery School

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Hot Lunch with Haute Lunch

ADS Community:

Welcome to the ADS Lunch Program!  For the 2018-2019 school year, Austin Discovery School is so excited to partner with Haute Lunch. Our new provider offers healthier, fresher foods and more dietary choices for our students and staff.

This exciting partnership allows parents and students full control over their lunch choices.  They choose the days they would like to participate, the meals they would like to eat, and the dietary components that are most in alignment with their needs.   

Here are the highlights of the program:

  • Lunches are $4.25 per student
  • You choose your days and meals
  • Vegan, dairy free, and gluten free alternatives available every day
  • Food is made fresh every day
  • Served on compostable plates w/ compostable utensils


Ordering Meals

The link to get you started is:

     The next step is setting up your account.  their instructions on how to get started, but let me give you the run down as their instructions are only for putting money into your account. 
     First, set up your account. Just follow the prompts from the green 'Create Account'. Once you confirm your account, go to the home screen and click the purple  'add student' button. It will prompt you to enter in a zip code to find your school, which is 78724. You will then hit select next to Austin Discovery School. It will then ask for your student's first and last name. No PIN #'s are needed at this time. You will need to enter their full proper name in most cases as their name is entered into their system strait from our official school software. Email me at if you have any problems and I will look up exactly how they are listed in our system.
If you qualify for free lunch, skip ahead to ( * )
When your student is connected to your account, go to the home page and click the purple  'Make Cafeteria Deposit' button on the right side of the screen. You can connect a card or a checking account. You will be charged $1.50 for each deposit when you use a card, but just $1.00 when you use a bank account. So, to avoid too many deposit fees, make as big of a deposit you can.

Depositing of funds must happen before you are able to order your child's lunch.  You can deposit as much as you like - the balance will draw down as you add lunches for your student each time.   

Note: Each time you add funds to your account you are charged an administrative fee, so you can save money by planning for the month (or longer!) and adding your total funds.  You can add funds as often as you like, however, so the choice is yours.

( * )Now you are ready to order. Go back to the home page and click the green 'Meal Pre Order' button on the left side. You will select your student(if you have multiple students you will have to do this for each one) and then dates will be listed to choose from. Next to each date will be a drop down menu. Click the black arrow and two chooses will drop down: ADS Lunch or Alternative Meal vegan, vegetarian, GF. You will need to refer to the calendar to know what is offered each day. A link to the calendar is in the side menu on this page.
IMPORTANT: After you make your selections, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the purple 'Save Selections' button the bottom right side of the screen. Then, for confirmation purposes, go back to 'select meals' and what you just order should still be showing. Take a screen shot to save for your records as all of the dates for the next week will go away once the Wed deadline comes about. I'm working with them on creating a confirmation email, but they would have to rewrite some of their software, so don't expect it to change anytime soon. That should be it. Let me know if you have any questions.

Do You Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch?

Find out!  See the Income Eligibility Guidelines on this page and find out if your family qualifies.  If you do, fill out the Comp Ed Form, also located on this page, and turn it in to the ADS front office. If you qualify, we can set your child up to receive this free or reduced pricing for their lunch.  The order site works exactly the same for you - we just need to do a little computer work on the back end, so be sure and let us know.

We want to hear from you!

Thank you so much for being part of this program and partnership with Haute Lunch. We would love to hear from you and your students, so please let us know what you think about the program.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time at