Fine Arts Academy
Application Information and Procedures
The complete Application package includes:
Step One: AISD Common Application
1. For current AISD students, go to your Parent Cloud. Search and click on the “AISD Common Application (Part 1)” tile. With your completion of the AISD Common Application, you must provide the email address for your 3 teachers who will be providing recommendations for you – CURRENT ENGLISH, CURRENT MATH AND CURRENT FINE ARTS TEACHERS. (Please note these may be different for other AISD programs.)
2. For non-AISD students, click here to sign up for Parent Cloud access. Once there, follow current AISD student instructions above. With your completion of the AISD Common Application, you must provide the email address for your 3 teachers who will be providing recommendations for you – CURRENT ENGLISH, CURRENT MATH AND CURRENT FINE ARTS TEACHERS. (Please note these may be different for other AISD programs.)
Step Two: McCallum Fine Arts Academy Application
1. Online data submission (Click here for link to Part 1 of Academy Application)
a. After completion, parent will receive a confirmation email. Click here to view the online portion of the application – do not use this to apply/ it must be submitted online through link above.
2. Short answer and Essay handwritten responses
a. Complete on paper and submit to Academy Office by mail or drop off at MAC Main Office. (Scroll down for details of how to submit.)
3. Grade reports (full 2016-2017 school year and fall 2017)
a. For current AISD students, we access your grade reports through your AISD Common Application submission.
b. All non-AISD students must submit paper copies of grade reports along with your short answer and essay responses. (Scroll down for details)
4. 3 Teacher recommendations (current English, Math, and Fine Arts teachers)
a. Your full completion of the AISD Common Application sends a request to teachers. We access the recommendations through this system.
b. Teachers who are not successful submitting recommendations through AISD system can click here for alternate method. Please ONLY use this link for your current English, current math, and current Fine Arts teacher IF you have submitted their email addresses through the AISD Common Application and something went wrong. You will be contacted if an alternative teacher recommendation form is used for AISD programming improvement.
c. Selecting your Fine Arts teacher tip: Your Fine Arts teacher recommendation should first be from your school’s fine arts teacher. If you do not have one, use your private Fine Arts tutor/ teacher.
As you complete your application steps and the deadline nears, we will make efforts to notify you if we are missing teacher recs or other items. Subject to time availability.
Important Application and Audition Dates:
Application Submission Window (online & hard copy components to school): October 20th – January 12th
All applications MUST be received in the Academy Office no later than 5pm January 12th (postmark will not suffice)!
***Proof of residence for new AISD residents is due by application deadline (January 12th) to McCallum Registrar Office.
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. Final audition/ portfolio review prep should begin for student.
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. (We recommend keeping your major’s audition dates free until audition registration.)
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 and signatures. You will return your signed major contracts to the Academy Office no later than 5pm March 9th (postmark will not suffice). Contracts not received by deadline will forfeit acceptance to allow students from our waitlist to attend.
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)
Be sure to complete the AISD Common Application AND the online portion of the Fine Arts Academy Application as described above.
All applicants, on a separate sheet of paper, complete the short answer and essay sections found below. Students must handwrite this portion of the application individually and independently. Contact the Academy Office, 512.414.7533, for special exceptions.
All hard copy materials (short answer/ essay and grade reports, as applicable) should be submitted together at the same time. This portion of the application should be mailed OR dropped off to the MAC Main Office no later than Friday, January 12, 2018. If mailing, ensure we will receive the paperwork by this deadline (postmark will not suffice). Address it to: McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy, RE: 2018-2019yr Application, 5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin, Texas 78756. Application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.
ALL Application components (AISD Common Application and Fine Arts Academy Application online, short answer, essay, grades and teacher recommendations) MUST be received in the Academy office no later than Friday, January 12, 2018. Mailed items received after this date will NOT be considered. Incomplete application packages will not move forward for consideration.
Application Short Answer Requirements
On a separate sheet(s) of paper, address the following prompts in your own handwriting.
- What other subjects, disciplines, or activities do you enjoy besides your area of primary interest in the fine arts? Why?
- What prior arts training, performances, or exhibitions have you participated? Briefly explain your role in these activities and why the experience was valuable. [Examples might include: summer art camp, community theatre, private lessons, or local community fine arts group. If you are applying to Dance, list dance studios, what dance you have studied, and how many years you studied.]
- What recognitions have you received for special projects and/or activities in fine arts or other academics?
- What character traits do you have that will demonstrate your ability to meet the challenges, thrive, and contribute to the Academy culture through to graduation? Describe.
- Optional – answer either or both of the following: a) What is your ideal college/ university/ conservatory? b) What do you imagine yourself doing as a career/ profession?
Application Essay Requirements
On a separate sheet(s) of paper from the short answers, complete a handwritten essay individually and independently of approximately 500 words addressing the following prompt.
Describe yourself and your personal traits and goals. Include in your essay what role being involved in a high school academy known for rigorous academics and fine arts might play in working toward your goals.
Application Grade Report Requirements
STUDENTS WHO ARE NEW TO AISD, FROM PRIVATE SCHOOL OR HOME SCHOOL…
Your grade reports (2016-2017 school year AND fall 2017) cannot be obtained through the AISD Common Application process, since you have not been an AISD student.
Therefore, along with the written portion of your application, please include the grade reports.
Alternate Teacher Recommendation Submission
All teacher recommendations will come to the Academy Office through the AISD Common Application system after you fully complete it. However, should any of your teacher(s) not successfully submit their recommendations, ask them to click the button below for an alternate method for submission.
DO NOT SEND THIS LINK OR CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY ATTEMPTED TO COMPLETE THE INVITATION SENT TO YOU FROM THE AISD COMMON APPLICATION. THE COMMON APP ASKS FOR EMAIL ADDRESSES AND WILL INVITE YOUR TEACHERS TO COMPLETE THE REC. WE WILL THEN ACCESS ALL RECS THROUGH THE COMMON APP SYSTEM.
Teacher recommendations MUST be from your current English teacher, current Math teacher and current Fine Arts teacher.
Transfer Policy Information
Updated Application Process for Out-Of-District Applicants:
Continued for the 2018-2019 school year, applicants who are approved to attend a magnet or performance based application program (Fulmore MS, Lamar MS, LASA HS, and McCallum HS) must show proof of residence within AISD boundaries by the application due date. This proof may include documentation indicating that the student’s family will occupy a residence that has been purchased or leased. Family must show proof that they will live in AISD boundaries at the beginning of next year. The proof must be provided within 45 days (before or after) application due date.
Residence within AISD boundaries must be maintained in order to remain in a magnet/special program. If a student moves out of AISD while attending the program, s/he will be allowed to finish the semester in that program. In the case of a graduating senior, s/he may finish the year in the magnet/special program.
Principals and directors of the magnet or performance based application programs may request proof of residence at any time.
*The intent of this policy is for students applying to magnet and performance based schools to live within the AISD boundaries at the time of application or to provide proof of moving prior to beginning of school year within 45 calendar days of the application deadline.
Click here to find out if your current address is within AISD boundaries.
For more information about AISD transfers, click here.
Full District Residency/ Transfer Policy
If you submit a request for a priority or a general transfer, in addition to your application to a magnet or application program, it is important to understand that the timeline for submitting the request and for processing the request for a priority or general transfer will be different than the timeline for the application process for the program to which you are applying.
The deadline for submitting a request for a priority transfer or a non-priority transfer to go into the lottery is the last business day in January. Most approval and denial letters will be mailed by Spring Break. Beginning the first day in February, requests for transfers will be accepted on a first come first served basis and approved only if there is available space. Generally, approval and denial letters will be received 3-4 weeks after the request is submitted. It also is possible to contact the Office of Student Services at (512) 414-1726 to determine the status of a request for a transfer. Please see the transfer website for additional information: https://www.austinisd.org/transfer.
If your student receives an approved priority or general transfer AND acceptance into this program, the acceptance into this program will take precedence and any approved priority or general transfer will be revoked.
Please note that beginning with the 2017–18 school year, applicants who are approved to attend a magnet or performance-based application program (Fulmore, Kealing, Lamar, LASA, and McCallum) must show proof of residence within District boundaries by the application due date. This proof may include documentation indicating that the student’s family will occupy a residence that has been purchased or leased within 45 calendar days of the application due date.
Residence within District boundaries must be maintained in order to remain in a magnet program. If a student moves out of District while attending a magnet program, the student will be allowed to finish the semester in the magnet program. In the case of a graduating senior, the student may finish the year in the magnet program.
Principals and directors of magnet or performance-based application programs may request proof of residence at any time.
You can check if your address falls into AISD boundaries here: School Assignment by Residential Address
CURRICULUM TRANSFER POLICY below