Fine Arts Academy

Important Events

Important Events and follow up information related to the application and audition/portfolio review process calendar are found on this page.

Please follow “McCallum Fine Arts Academy” Facebook group as well as go to “Learn More & Receive Notifications” to join the Prospective student email list.

Academy Showcase Knight 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
McCallum Arts Center Theatre, 7-9pm

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 7-9pm in the McCallum Arts Center Theatre, prospective students and their families are invited to attend the McCallum Fine Art Academy’s Showcase 2019.  The evening involves performances and presentations by each of the arts majors, which includes band, choral studies, dance, cinematic arts, classical guitar, performing & technical theatre, orchestra, collaborative piano, and visual arts.  The first portion of the evening will include performances by our fine arts students, and the second portion will include breakout sessions with the faculty of each major for Q&A. Spanish translation services available.

If you haven’t done so already,  be sure to click on “Learn More & Receive Notifications” to submit your information to stay informed about events, deadlines, and other important information as a prospective student.  You can also find information about the majors, applying, and other events on these Academy webpages.

MAC School Profile 2017-18

Academy Choice Knights

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (music majors) & Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (all other majors)
McCallum Arts Center Theatre, 6-8pm

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 music majors and parents (band, orchestra, piano, guitar & choral) AND on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 all other majors and parents (visual arts, performing theatre, tech theatre, dance & cinematic arts) are invited to attend Academy Choice Knight.  After a brief presentation, you will meet with other new students/parents in your major to ask questions and discuss your courses for next year.  You will also submit your choices for those selected classes.  Counselors, teachers and administrators will be available to you.

In addition, the MAC Registrar will be enrolling students – so bring your documentation.  Click here for what is needed.  Enrollment is for students new to AISD as well as those who have moved recently and need to update records.


Academy Campus Tours

October/November 2019 – Fall Semester Only
9-11am, Registration Required

Current eighth and ninth grade students and parents who reside within the AISD boundary, are you interested in applying to the McCallum Fine Arts Academy? If so, this tour is for you! – first come, first served – tour group size is limited!  Tour registration is required.

Please arrive at the school’s main office between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. for your tour.  Enter McCallum High School at the circle on Sunshine Drive (look for the flagpoles) for closest entrance to main office. Parking available in north lot by MAC Theatre – corner of 2222 & Sunshine Drive.  Check in at the main office (on your left upon entry to the front of the school). Tours will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. (10/15 tour only starts promptly at 3pm)

It’s easy to cancel your registration from your Eventbrite account, but please do so with at least 24hours notice. Just log in to Eventbrite, Go to the Tickets page, and locate your order. Click your order to view order details, and then select “Cancel Order” to cancel your registration. They’ll send you and us an email confirming the cancellation.

Preferred tour date is full? Check to see if you can make another date. Eventbrite also allows you to select to be on a waitlist should someone cancel their registration.

To register, go to Academy Campus Tours Registration REGISTER HEREPlease DO NOT register for more than one tour per family.  All family members should attend the same tour.

Or you can also go to and search McCallum Fine Arts Academy.  Click on the link for the Campus Tours event and select the one day you would like to tour. 

Academy Field Trip Campus Tours

This year we are providing field trip campus tours of McCallum for schools of any 8th or 9th grade underrepresented, first generation college, or low SES students during the fall semester.  Parents of these students also welcome.  These MAC student-led tours will be informational, but also will speak directly to the experience of being a McCallum Fine Arts student.  Please contact the Academy Office directly for details and to schedule a tour – 512.414.7533.

MAC Expo Knight

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 5-8pm

EXPO KNIGHT gives incoming 9th graders the opportunity to meet teachers, counselors and our Principal as well as learn a bit about MAC courses and programs.  The Course Fair portion of the event is in the MAC gym from 5-615pm.  The Information Session portion of the event is in the MAC Theatre from 630-8pm.

Click here for more info.

Academy Audition & Portfolio Workshop Day

Saturday, December 14th, 2019
McCallum Art Center Theatre, Time: 9am – 1pm
Registration is required 

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, the Fine Arts Academy will host the 2019 Academy Workshop Day.  Specifically designed to support students who need assistance in preparing for their auditions, this free event will bring a level of knowledge and comfort to what can be an intimidating experience. Students meet with faculty from their area(s) of interest to obtain support to prepare for the audition and portfolio reviews in February. Parents are also invited to attend a workshop designed to inform and support them in the application/ audition process, while the students are in their workshops.  Spanish translation services will be available.

Registration is required and seats are limited based on classroom space.  Attendance to this event is neither required nor used in determining eligibility for acceptance.  Faculty have designed their sessions to serve as additional support and guidance should a student require assistance.

Click here to go to Workshop Day registration.

Academy Application Process Knight

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
McCallum HS, Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Registration is required 

On Wednesday, November 20th from 6-7:30pm at McCallum HS prospective students and parents are invited to a step by step walkthrough of the application process.  The process to apply and audition can feel overwhelming and confusing.  We want to help ensure you have support to go through everything and complete two of the steps directly with Academy Director, Heather Ramsay.  Some computer and wi-fi access provided.  Pizza dinner provided.  Spanish translation services will be available.  RSVP required (for dinner count purposes) – deadline 11/17/19.  To register, click here.

Keep watch for future event info…

MAC New Student Orientation (June 2020)
Academy New Student Orientation (August 2020)






Calendar for Prospective Students Applying for the 2020-21yr 

(dates subject to change – specific event info further down page)


September TBD                                  Outreach Events at various middle schools

September 6                                        Campus Tour Registration Opens

October TBD                                        Outreach Events at various middle schools

October 1, 4, 8, 10, 15, 23 & 25            Campus Tours for Parents/ Prospective Students, 9-11am (15th 3-430pm)

October 7                                              Application Window Opens

October 29                                            Academy Showcase @MAC Theatre, 7-9pm

November TBD                                    Outreach Events at various middle schools

November 1, 6, 8, 12, 13, 21, 22            Campus Tours for Parents/ Prospective Students, 9-11am

November 20                                        Academy Application Walkthrough Knight

December 14                                        Academy Workshop Day, 9am-1pm (registration required)

January 10                                             Application Materials Due (AISD Intent to Apply, MAC Application, Short                                                                             Answers, Essay & Grade Reports)

January 24                                             Teacher Recommendations Due

January 29                                             Audition Invites Emailed

Jan 29-Feb 7 @ noon                          Audition Registration Window

February 8, 15 & 17                                Auditions & Portfolio Reviews

February 21                                            Notification of Acceptance, Waitlist or Non-Acceptance Letters postal mailed

Feb 24-Mar 6                                         Acceptance Contracts Returned

February 26                                           MAC Expo Knight

March 6                                                   Acceptance Contracts Due

March 9-13                                              Process Waitlist

March 13                                                 Waitlisted Non-Acceptance Emailed & Waitlisted Accepted Letters postal                                                                          mailed

March 23-27                                           Waitlisted Acceptance Contracts Returned

March 27                                                Waitlisted Acceptance Contracts Due

March 31                                                 Academy Choice Knight for new Music Majors

April 1                                                      Academy Choice Knight for new Cinematic Arts, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts                                                                     majors



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