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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 (click here for AISD School Zone Finder).

The McCallum Fine Arts Academy accepts applications from 8th and 9th graders beginning mid-Fall and ending in January. Students who pass the initial review of their application package are then invited for an audition/portfolio review. All students who apply to the program are notified of our decision before Spring Break.  

Primarily, we do not accept applications from students after 9th grade.  We do, however, have a special exceptions policy for current 10th graders to apply which can be found here.  Even in this case, admission is not guaranteed. We do not consider current 11th grade students for admission under any circumstances.


How To Decide

The decision to join the MAC FAA is important because you are deciding to commit to the study of the discipline for the duration of your high school experience as well as committing to all the required classes expected of that major.  However, just as important is the decision for which discipline to major.  You may specialize in just one instrument or discipline or you may have several interests.  Click the button below to learn more about how to make this decision.



Your Gateway to Creative Learning

Since opening our doors, we’ve been committed to helping people pursue a career they love. With our passionate teachers, exceptional staff and a talented student community, we’re confident in the education, guidance and network you will find here.

McCallum Fine Arts Academy provides a unique and highly personalized method of learning, creating an environment to nurture, educate and encourage creative individuals to achieve the highest level of success.  We welcome you to join our MAC Knight family!

The McCallum Fine Arts Academy does not have rolling admissions.  If you enter the district after an admission’s cycle or miss a cycle for any reason, you will need to wait to apply until the next cycle.


The Information You Need

Faculty have access to the prospective student's entire application package alongside the results of the audition/ portfolio review process.  All students who meet the criteria necessary to become a McCallum Fine Arts Academy major will be accepted. We will accept 80% of our incoming class using this acceptance criteria.  The McCallum Fine Arts Academy is being intentional in removing barriers so that all students have access to share their talents. As such, 20% of our incoming class will be those prospects who meet at least 2 of 3 special circumstances, which can be found at the More Details button below.  Students are postal mailed a letter of acceptance on February 19, 2021 along with important contract documentation to return to the Academy Office by March 5, 2021. Students not accepted will also be sent a letter on February 19, 2021.  AISD does its best to ensure AISD Magnet and Application programs provide notice of acceptance at the same time.



If you live in AISD but are not zoned to attend McCallum for high school, you will need a transfer to attend the MAC FAA.

All accepted Fine Arts Academy students are automatically provided a curriculum transfer, if they are not currently zoned for McCallum High School. No action is required by parents; the Fine Arts Academy provides the list of approved students to the district office.

Transfers for non-AISD residents are not available to attend MAC.  Likewise, the only AISD-resident transfers available to attend McCallum are 1) curriculum transfer (associated with admission into the Fine Arts Academy), and 2) AISD parent employee transfer.  Students must maintain AISD residence through to graduation to remain in the Academy.  Questions? Student Services 512.414.1726


How do I choose my classes?  What clubs/programs are available to me?  What do I need to know about being a major?

All of the following questions will arise through the admissions process and especially after acceptance.  We have designed several events to support you in becoming familiar with the opportunities, expectations, and supports for new Majors and their families.