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The magnet programs offer students advanced academic studies in an environment built on collegial relationships, individual growth, and intellectual rigor. Emphasis is placed on independent research, group collaboration, presentation of new learning, and the development of original designs and solutions. Computers are used as tools to access, process, and generate ideas and students have the opportunity to collaborate with engineers, authors, doctors, and other professionals. Internships, field-based experiences, and laboratory studies also are an integral component of the magnet experience. Students receive transportation to the magnet program that they attend. Students are picked up at the nearest school to their home and taken to the magnet program. Students can participate in all UIL sponsored activities, athletics, clubs, band, orchestra, and other extra-curricular activities.
Admission to magnet programs is selective and by application. Each program has its own admission application form and deadlines. Some common factors in admission include previous report card grades, nationally-normed standardized test results, an essay or letter, and teacher recommendations. Please contact the specific program for complete information and an application.
Students who are successful in magnet programs are committed to:
- a fast paced and challenging academic program
- an intensive, high energy day
- learning to budget time and activities
- cooperation and challenge from peers
For further information, contact the Magnet Program Director(s) at:
Kealing Magnet Program at Kealing Middle School
Emphasis: Math, Science, and Liberal Arts
1607 Pennsylvania Avenue
Austin, TX 78702
Principal: Robin Lowe Director: Diane Carter
Kealing Magnet Program at Kealing Middle School was established in 1986 and offers a comprehensive, advanced academic option to students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Students take Magnet level classes in math, science, English language arts, and social studies, choose from over 50 different specialty Magnet electives, and select from five different world languages to study. The innovative Magnet courses promote independent inquiry.
Students in grades 5, 6 and 7 at any public or private elementary or middle school are eligible to apply, but proof of residence in the Austin ISD attendance zone is required to enroll in the program. Students submit report cards, state testing scores, teacher recommendations and three essays, plus take an admission test to apply for the program. Students receive scores for each component and those with the highest scores are accepted based on space available each year.
Fulmore Magnet Program at Fulmore Middle School
Emphasis: International Law and Humanities
201 East Mary
Austin, TX 78724
Principal: Lisa A. Bush
Director: Leigh Northcutt-Benson
Fulmore Magnet Program at Fulmore Middle School has been housed at Fulmore Middle School for 12 years. Originally introduced as a law, government and humanities magnet program, the current focus remains the same with an additional emphasis on contemporary law-related and community issues and fine arts. Magnet and comprehensive students have a rich selection of electives such as band, art, theatre arts, journalism and choir.
Interested students submit a copy of their current report card, state testing scores, teacher recommendations, a student created essay and an admission test to apply for the program. Students receive scores for each component and those with the highest scores are accepted based on space available each year. Students in grades 5, 6 and 7 at any public or private elementary or middle school are eligible to apply, but proof of residence in the Austin ISD attendance zone is required to enroll in the program.
Liberal Arts and Science Academy (High School)
Emphasis: Liberal Arts and Science
7309 Lazy Creek Drive
Austin, TX 78704
Principal: Stacia Crescenzi
Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School is a four-year comprehensive, public, urban, advanced academic magnet high school. The LBJ Science Academy, Austin’s first magnet program, was created in 1985. The Liberal Arts Academy at Johnston High School opened in 1987. The two programs were merged in 2002 and became the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, housed on the Lyndon Baines Johnson High School campus. In 2007, the school board voted to make LASA its own high school. The two high schools, LASA and LBJ, are housed on the same campus and still share fine arts and athletics classes. They compete in UIL events as one school.
The curricular expectations for LASA students exceed that of a traditional curricular program. The curriculum for every course is written to go above and beyond state and district standards. LASA courses move at a quicker pace, cover more material, are project-based, and rely heavily on discussion and seminar style delivery of course information or the use, interpretation, and delivery of research. One of the cornerstones of LASA is the group of courses known as Signature Courses. These innovative classes are collaborative in nature. Student groups research, design, implement and present projects in the sciences and humanities.