My child is currently a student and these teachers, assistant principals and principal do not stand by their mission. Majority of the teachers are there simple just to get a check. They have no interest if the kid succeed or not. Some of the teachers are just as childish as some of the kids. They lack in the communication. They look at concern parents as a problem. Then take their frustrated out on the kids. They are there to teach and if that is too much for them they need to move around for a teacher that is geniune to a child needs. They are out there, just not at McCallum.
Really great school better english and social studies department than LASA. Math and Science may lack just a bit
The fine arts program, the english department and the history department are fantastic. The pre AP math and science classes that my child has taken so far have been terrible.
Caring, smart teachers, accepting of all students, small enough so that students know almost everybody; great administration.
I believe you get out of school what you put into it and McCallum provides excellent opportunities for all students. My daughter is in AP classes and is a dance major in the Fine Arts Academy. She has wonderful teachers that are grooming her for college and teaching classes that I wish I could attend. The arts aspect of the school keep it funky, diversified, and more culturally advanced than any other school I know of in the area. I love McCallum.
My 2nd child to go to McCallum just started and loves it. Both boys were in the Fine Arts Academy and pre-AP/AP classes. They've had some outstanding teachers. Thanks to Ms. Adamson, Mr. Ferguson, and 'the Wiz'!
McCallum needs a makeover! it is a very dirty school, and it feels uncomfortable to be there...
We moved here from a small town where teachers call you right a way if there is a problem or if your child creates one, also they will call you if your child seems to have difficulty in a subject and try to correct it with after school tutoring I don't see anything like this at McCullam High. I am a bit disappointed in this school.
The Fine Arts academy is underfunded, but of the highest quality. Academically, if your children are not interested in the Academy or are not willing to take pre-AP classes, I'd look elsewhere. Discipline and substandard teachers are a problem in non-pre-AP classes. Good variety of extracurricular activities. Some great pre-AP teachers, others on the edge of burning out or focus mainly on state test scores. They stress diversity, but the fact is that that only happens in sports, the rest of the activities and academics are segregated. Communication with teachers and academic staff is slow and difficult. I fully support the Academy, I'm sorely disappointed in the rest.
My daughter has been disappointed by the low quality of language instruction (Spanish). A number of the tests were multiple choice so they can be graded by 'Scantron'. She has been happy with and more challenged by her classes in English/literature and sciences. The Fine Arts Academy is a draw and has good programs, although the electives that would be in any high school - band, orchestra, dance/drill team - get more equipment, support and recognition than do the fine arts programs unique to McCallum, such as dance, classical guitar. It is the only fine arts high school program in the district. Some support staff are very helpful, while there are a few who do not treat students or parents with respect.
McCallum is not only good for its diverse student body, but also for its wonderful teachers and staff.
I am ok with McCallum. It is not the best or the worse. It needs cosmetic help but what city school doesn't. I am not cool about some of the teacher who take student comments too personal and this leads to unprofessional behavoir from both. I feel that if you are going to teach then you have to be able to deal with the change student psyche and adjust to make a greater effort to help our young minds to achieve their goals. They are pressured enough and scared of the world lets not make them feel this at school. More math and science is truly needed here. I am 50/50 on McCallum and can wait to see how next year will unfold for my student.
McCallum in a great school. It needs a little help as every school does, but the teachers care about students and work hard and the programs there are extremely varied. Any student can find a ton of things to be involved in and they have to be willing to work. I am proud of my school, I commute from three cities over to get there, and I wouldn't go anywhere else. This school has everything I need because I am willing to work.
This school is absolutely terrible. While some of the teachers do excel in their areas, others do not. I moved here from Alaska to attend the fine arts academy here at McCallum, simply to be disappointed by the terribly dirty facilities and unhelpful staff. The first day I was at McCallum, my first thought was 'this school smells terrible'. I realize that it is not well funded, but you would think we could afford some lysol! Personally, I think the parent-student communication is terrible as well, because many of the parents who have written here are sadly mistaken.
McCallum has a great fine arts academy and a wonderful english/social studies program. It's math and science are not as strong.
I've been really impressed with the Fine Arts program here, the quality of the teachers and the quality of instruction. I'm disappointed my daughter doesn't get more one-on-one help when she's having trouble in academic classes, however. Kids who struggle with the basics in pre-AP classes are left in the dust, it seemed to me. Maybe they should have been transferred to regular classes to catch up. Most teachers are willing to give of their time tutoring kids before school and after class. My daughter didn't do as well or avoided group tutoring sessions after school because they replicated the conditions of the classroom environment rather than offering her one-on-one instruction, which I think she very much needed. After school activities are not varied, leaving kids few choices, and what general activities there are are not well publicized.
One of the only truly well rounded and diverse schools in Austin, McCallum High School and Fine Arts Academy is a gem in AISD. Students from all over the city and state (and many countries) come to McCallum for its Fine Arts program. While not supported by the district financially, the Fine Arts Academy has a high level of success through the talented faculty and atmosphere of a campus that embraces the arts. While the most recognizable part, it's not the only special thing about McCallum. Some of the highest scores in the district on AP tests, a champion sports program, dozens of extracurricular organizations, low teacher turnover, strong parental and community support and involvement, and quality leadership. While often neglected by the powers of the school board, the school continues to be a successful campus through the years because of the students, faculty, and parents.
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