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Mccallum High School

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Posted June 6, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

Fine arts academy, with an excellent focus on music, dance, and the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 2, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 11, 2004

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...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2004

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2004

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
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

505 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

484 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

412 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

399 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

400 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

397 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students88%
Female89%
Male88%
Black or African American76%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
51%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

482 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
62%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
37%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education64%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted97%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
Black or African American64%
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education52%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black or African American82%
Asian91%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Gifted/talented98%
Not Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students77%
Female83%
Male69%
Black or African American53%
Asian83%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education25%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)4%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
Gifted/talented97%
Not Gifted73%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students63%
Female73%
Male52%
Black or African American35%
Asian83%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education20%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)7%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talented87%
Not Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students81%
Female87%
Male73%
Black or African American59%
Asian100%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education36%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)30%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students65%
Female71%
Male58%
Black or African American32%
Asian100%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education24%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%
Gifted/talented88%
Not Gifted61%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students91%
Female92%
Male88%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education74%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
Black or African American52%
Asian100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education39%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students74%
Female76%
Male72%
Black or African American42%
Asian82%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education42%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)22%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented88%
Not Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 29%
Hispanic 35% 52%
Black 15% 13%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 4%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MICHAEL GARRISON
Fax number
  • (512) 453-2599

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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