Fine Arts Academy

Application Information and Procedures

The Application window will be opened on Monday, October 8, 2018.

We encourage ALL students to submit their application package materials early – even before Fall Semester is over.

MAC Fine Arts Academy Application 19-20yr

Click on link above for user-friendly, downloadable and printable PDF of the application instructions.

Updated 10.15.18

The complete Application package includes: 

  • AISD Intent to Apply to a Magnet/Application Program 2018-2019

  • MAC Fine Arts Academy Application

  • Teacher Recommendations

  • Short Answers

  • Essay

  • Grade Reports

Follow the Steps Below to submit your full Application package.

Step One: AISD Intent to Apply to a Magnet/Application Program (to be completed by PARENT online) Deadline: Friday, January 4th

1.  Choose your teacher recommendations first (see below for info about teacher recommendations).  This step has many parts so be sure to follow the instructions for teacher recommendations below as soon as possible.

2.  For parents of current AISD students, go to your Parent Cloud(Be sure you do NOT create a new account, if you already have one from any year in AISD.  See technical tips below)  Search and click on the “AISD Intent to Apply” tile in Parent Cloud.  With your completion of the AISD Intent to Apply form, you must provide the email address for each of your 3 teachers who will be providing recommendations for you.

3.  For parents of non-AISD students, click here to sign up for Parent Cloud access. (Be sure you do NOT create a new account, if you already have one from any year in AISD.  See technical tips below)  Once there, follow the current AISD student instructions above (#2).

Step Two: McCallum Fine Arts Academy Application (to be completed by PARENT with student online) Deadline: Friday, January 4th

1.  Online data submission (Click here for link to Academy Application).  Please be sure to confirm all information before submitting, since data will be used for all future communications.

a. After completion, parent will receive a confirmation email.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, then your application was not fully submitted.  Please do NOT contact the Academy Office to confirm submission.  You will be contacted if we are missing portions of your application in January.

Step Three: McCallum Fine Arts Academy Application – Additional Materials (submitted via postal mail) Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18th

2.  Short answers AND Essay handwritten responses (to be completed by student only)

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 2017-2018 school year and fall 2018)

a.  For current AISD students, we access your grade reports through your AISD Intent to Apply 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)

 

>>RESIDENCY/ TRANSFERS: Any student who resides in AISD boundaries but is NOT zoned to attend MAC for high school will need a transfer to attend.  See bottom of page for transfer details.

Teacher Recommendations (Deadline: Friday, January 11th):

1. Your teacher recommendations can only be submitted through the AISD Intent to Apply process.

2.  You are required to have a total of 3 teacher recommendations.  The purpose of the recs are to give us a better idea of the qualities you possess in addition to your talent and skill.

a.  One rec must be from your current Fine Arts teacher.  You may use a school teacher or a private instructor.  *Tip – If you have a choice, consider using the person you have known the longest or have the strongest relationship.  The Fine Arts teacher does NOT need to be from the fine arts discipline to which you are hoping to major.

b.  Your other two recs must be from the following: either your current English Language Arts teacher or your current Social Studies teacher AND either your current Math teacher or current Science teacher.

c. Here are the steps for obtaining the three teacher recommendations.

  1. Before Thanksgiving break, you should have determined which teachers you would like to have complete a recommendation for you.  Do not delay in completing the remaining steps below to ensure they have ample time to complete the rec for you by the January 11th deadline.
  2. The student should have a polite and respectful in-person conversation with each of the 3 teachers that they wish to receive a recommendation to convey her/his interest in attending the Fine Arts Academy and to ask if the teacher could complete a recommendation for her/him.  Please do not submit a teacher’s email address without discussing it with that teacher first.  You risk getting a poor recommendation from the teacher.  For example, here is a sample conversation starter: Mr. or Ms. Teacher, I would like to ask if you would fill out a McCallum Fine Arts Academy recommendation for me.  Here are some reasons I believe I have earned a good recommendation – state reasons.  The recs must be submitted by January 11th.  Thank you.
  3. The student should communicate to the teacher that they (the teacher) will receive an email from AISD requesting a recommmendation for the student.  Be sure to also tell the teacher that the deadline to submit the rec is January 11, 2019 but can be submitted any time in advance once the email is received.
  4. The parent should collect the email addresses from the 3 teachers.  The email addresses will then need to be entered during the AISD Intent to Apply submission.
  5. Please do not contact the Academy office to confirm submission.  Teachers will receive a confirmation email upon submission of your recommendation.  The parent/student will also receive a confirmation email upon submission by a teacher.  In addition, you can log back into the AISD Intent to Apply to see the date the teacher received the invitation to submit the rec as well as the date the teacher submitted the rec.  You will also be contacted if we are missing portions of your application in January.
  6. Do NOT submit more than the required three teacher recommendations.  Extra submissions will be discarded.

Important Application and Audition Dates:

3 Teacher Recommendations Submission Window (online through AISD Intent to Apply process): January 11th

Application Package Submission Window (online & hard copy components to school): January 18th 

           All completed application package materials MUST be received in the Academy Office no later than 5pm January 18th (postmark will not suffice)!

          ***Proof of residence for new AISD residents is due by application deadline (January 18th) to McCallum Registrar Office.  More info to come.

Application Reviews: January 25th

           Academy Office completes an initial screening of all applications.

Audition/ Portfolio Review Invitations (email): at end of day January 29th

           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 30th – February 3rd

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

Auditions and Portfolio Reviews: February 9th, 16th & 18th (invitation and appointment required)

           Audition dates: see link for dates for each major.  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.  All students should be prepared to audition by February 9th.

Notification of Decision from Academy (postal mail): March 1st

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

Commitment/ Contracts Returned to McCallum Fine Arts Academy Deadline: March 15th

           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 15th (postmark will not suffice).  Contracts not received by deadline will forfeit acceptance to allow students from our waitlist to attend.

Application Short Answer Requirements

On a separate sheet(s) of paper, students should address the following prompts in her/his own handwriting.

  1. What other subjects, disciplines, or activities do you enjoy besides your area of primary interest in the fine arts?  Why?  
  2. 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.]
  3. What recognitions have you received for special projects and/or activities in fine arts or other academics?
  4. What character traits do you have that will demonstrate your ability to meet the challenges, thrive, and contribute to Academy culture all the way through to graduation? Describe.
  5. Describe your committment to remaining a Fine Arts Academy major for the next 4 years even if your interests evolve.

 

All hard copy materials (short answers/ 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 4:00pm Friday, January 18, 2019.  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: 2019-2020yr Application, 5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin, Texas 78756.  Application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

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.

All hard copy materials (short answers/ 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 18, 2019.  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: 2019-2020yr Application, 5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin, Texas 78756.  Application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

Application Grade Report Requirements

STUDENTS WHO ARE NEW TO AISD, FROM PRIVATE SCHOOL OR HOME SCHOOL…

Your grade reports (2017-2018 school year AND fall 2018) cannot be obtained through the AISD Common Application process, since you have not been an AISD student.

Therefore, along with the short answers and essay of your application, please include a hard copy of your grade reports.

All hard copy materials (short answers/ 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 18, 2019.  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: 2019-2020yr Application, 5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin, Texas 78756.  Application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

Transfer Policy Information

Here are the main things to know about transfers.

  1. The student must live in the AISD residency zone and maintain AISD residence until graduation.
  2. Where a student attended middle school does not impact in any way her/his ability to acquire a transfer.  No automatic transfers are given for attendance at any middle school.
  3. If the student is MAC zoned (and not another AISD high school), then whether s/he is accepted or not, s/he will attend MAC.  No transfer is required.
  4. If the student is NOT MAC zoned, then they have to have a transfer to attend.
  5. Types of MAC transfers:
    1. AISD employee transfer
    2. Curriculum transfer
      1. This transfer is only obtained through acceptance into the Fine Arts Academy.
      2. After acceptance is reported from the Academy Office, this transfer is done through the district office, Student Services, automatically.  No action is required from the student.
      3. A curriculum transfer supercedes any previous transfers received, and, therefore, any other transfer obtained at any time will be removed.
    3. NO other transfers are available to attend McCallum

 

Students must be residents within the AISD boundaries AND must maintain residence for the entire time enrolled in MAC.  Students are unenrolled with any out-of-district residency.  Students who are in AISD but are not zoned to attend MAC for high school will need a transfer to attend.  Students who are in AISD and are zoned to attend MAC will not need a transfer.  To see where your residence is in relation to school/district zoning, go to: AISD School Assignment by Residency

MAC only currently has AISD parent employee transfers and curriculum transfers to attend our high school.  Curriculum transfers are automatically awarded to students upon acceptance into the Academy.  AISD Student Services (512.414.1726) processes these transfers during the summer prior to the start of school.  You will not see MAC as an option for any reason until you are processed by district.  The Academy office does not manage the timing of this process.  Therefore, questions should be directed to Student Services directly.

If you submit a transfer request for a priority or general transfer prior to applying to this program, acceptance into this program will supersede an approved priority or general transfer.

What else do you need to know? (from district):

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 to the school’s Registrar.  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 school 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

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