The Fine Arts Academy classes are wonderful. The staff at this academy is first class. However, the school district has failed to provide adequate theater, dance, orchestra and art space/classrooms. Facilities tend to be dirty and run down. The regular high school has a top-notch English and Social Studies department 9th-12th. But, the science classes sorely lack rigor and relevance. One of the chemistry labs looks inadequate and sloppy. The technology classes are not adequate. Counselors are nice but not very well informed or willing to use technology to communicate with the community. Their information is sometimes dated. Parent involvement is high. This school does not graduate strong science and engineering or technology majors. Most kids end up loving the English and Social studies and Fine Arts subjects because of our award-winning teachers in that area. Race climate is good with staff and students and community. School size is small.
Fine arts academy, with an excellent focus on music, dance, and the arts.
McCallum is a wonderful school with something for everybody. It has a reputation for tolerance. The principal is very hands on and accessible. He sems to have boundless energy and attends more extra-curricular activities than most principals in my experience. The campus has had a recent facelift, with an ongoing beautification campaign. New landscaping had made a huge difference. The principal is very goal oriented and works with parents and community leaders - I think that McCallum is already a very strong school but it will be very exciting to see where we are in two more years. We recently won $7000 as a Grammys in the School winner. One of our teachers recently won a $25,000 award from HEB as the top high school teacher in Texas. The English department is the strongest in the district. AP scores are high.
McCallum High School is a Fine Arts Academy; therefore, a great deal of music and art opportunities exist at MAC that are not offered at most other schools. The level of parent involvement is very high with a group of parents who are extremely involved, supportive, proud of their school and caring with the faculty and staff. McCallum offers many Pre-AP courses and a fine education that is rigorous for all. The teachers are an outstanding group of caring educators who enjoy their students, provide a quality academic base and are motivated to improving test scores and individual progress.
It is the worst high school in Texas. Very dirty, The teachers only give there studends work sheets and then the techer goes to there computer and sits there...then later gives a test on the pack *after the techer gave out all the answers* The teachers don't do a good job of teaching.
I attended McCallum for all for of my high school years, and found it to be more diverse than most schools in austin. There are many clubs nd organizations to join, too many to keep up with most of the time. The overall enviroment is a safe atmosphere, everyone looks out of each other even though at times it may not feel that way. I was very active in participating in extracurricular activities as a member of the drill team for three years and in marching and regular band of four years, track , lacross and sadd(students against drunk driving). This alone kept me focused on what my goals were outside of high school. The teacher take time out of their very busy day to help students in any and every way possible. They push you to achieve your best, when you feel you can't.
As a parent I've been very impressed with the quality of the honors-level classes, with the exception of maybe two classes in the past two years. Two things that stand out about Mac HS - 1. that all students are encouraged to be themselves and frankly I think the Fine Arts Academy enhances that openness and acceptance of individuals. 2. the amount of parent involvement, even parents whose kids have graduated are still involved! It's really a gem of an inner-city urban school...
I went to McCallum for 2 years and found it to be mediocre at best. There is noticeable segregation with most minority and poor students in regular courses and white and upper class students filling the AP and Honors classes. Half of the teachers are dedicated and wonderful but the other half seems to dislike teaching, case in point: the coaches who taught me biology and other sciences. Too much of the curriculum is busy work which consists of copying from books onto worksheets, and teaching to tests such as TAAS practice (a test meant to evaluate what you know, not how prepared you are to take a standardized test.) The counselors are bogged down with schedules and have no time to actually counsel students, outside of what class to take. I did well at McCallum academically but not because of the school itself, I give it 2 stars.
I'm a student at McCallum, and there is such great diversity here. Nobody really judges anybody else so people are free to be their own person without the fear of being left out or something. It's great
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