Fine Arts Academy

Application Information and Procedures

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be accepted from January 3rd – 12th, 2018.

The Fine Arts Academy follows a four-year curriculum. As a result, most applicants apply as an 8th grader to start the following fall. Current 9th graders may apply to start in the Academy as 10th graders.  All applicants must be residents and maintain residence within the AISD boundaries.

We do not accept applications from students after 9th grade.  The only exception to this rule, however, is for students who have attended a fine arts academy in another part of the country and whose family is relocating to Austin. Even in this case, acceptance is not guaranteed. If the prior fine arts program credits can transfer and the student can complete all requirements for graduation in the McCallum Fine Arts Academy in their remaining time in high school, an Audition/Portfolio Review will be scheduled.


2018-2019 McCallum HS Fine Arts Academy Application & Instructions (coming soon)


Instructions for teacher recommendations can be found in the pdf link above.

Teacher Recommendation Form 18-19yr (coming soon)

Important Application and Audition Dates:

Application Submission Window (hard copy to school): January 3rd – January 12th 

           All applications MUST be received in the Academy Office no later than 5pm January 12th!

          ***Proof of residence for new AISD residents is due by application deadline (January 12th).

Application Reviews: January 16th – January 19th

           Academy Office completes an initial screening of all applications.

Audition/ Portfolio Review Invitations (email): end of day January 19th

           All students who pass the initial screening will be sent an email.

Audition/ Portfolio Review Appointment Registration (online): January 20th – January 31st

           All invited students must be registered for an audition/ portfolio review and will have a minimum of 3 weeks to prepare.

Audition and Portfolio Reviews: February 3rd – February 19th (invitation and appointment required)

           Audition dates: February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th and February 19th.  All major auditions do NOT occur on each date.  You will have a specific date(s) from which to choose your appointment time. 

Notification of Decision from Academy (postal mail): February 23rd

           Decisions are sent to the address provided on the application to everyone who auditioned; please ensure address accuracy.

Commitment to McCallum Fine Arts Academy Deadline: March 9th

           Mailed invitations to attend the Academy will include contracts, which require review, signatures, and return by March 9th.


Optional Opportunities:

Academy Showcase 2017: October 3rd (info here)

Academy Campus Tours: various dates between October 17th – December 12th (registration required/ info here)

Audition & Portfolio Workshop Day: December 16th, 2 sessions (registration required/ info here)

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