Fine Arts Academy

Application Information and Procedures

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted from January 4th – 13th, 2017.

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.

Important Dates:

Application Submission Window: January 4th – 13th

Audition and Portfolio Review: January 28th – February 20th (invitation and appointment required)

Notification of Decision: February 24th letter mailed

Proof of residence for new AISD residents is due by application deadline (January 13th), OR Proof of move in due within 45 days of application due date (Monday, February 27th).

Contract Deadline for commitment to McCallum Fine Arts Academy: March 10th


Optional Opportunities:

Academy Campus Tours: various dates between October 18th – January 10th (registration full/ info here)

Audition & Portfolio Workshop Day: December 17th, 2 sessions (registration closed/ info here)


2017-2018 McCallum HS Fine Arts Academy Application & Instructions (updated 11/30/2016)


Instructions for teacher recommendations can be found in the pdf link above.  Please do not use the teacher recommendation form below before first reading whether you need it or not as well as the procedure for submission.

Teacher Recommendation Form 17-18yr (updated 11/15/2016)


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