Students enrolled 1130
School leader ROBIN LOWE
Transportation options Yes
District Austin Independent School District

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1607 Pennsylvania Avenue
Austin, TX 78702

(512) 414-3214
(512) 478-9133
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4 stars
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April 07, 2014
My son recently completed Kealing and loved this school. He learned skills to study and work at a high level. The teachers are amazing and go out of their way for the students. They create interesting material and challenging projects for their classes. Although it is not a good fit for everyone. The homework amount and level of intensity was a bit much at times. Daily and weekends. Good fit for the academically minded student who likes challenges and loves to study and learn. Our other child chose to go to Fulmore Magnet, a more well-rounded experience (not just academics), which has also been a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2013
I agree with the 8th grade blond girl, 5 hour HW is a tale. For my 6th grade son, Social study (World culture) has the most HWs, then Algebra, both are interesting and both teachers are great. My son does the homework slower after school since he was checking youtube, pokemen, games...... So he spent average of 3 hours in stead of 2 hours if he can focus.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2013
I currently go to Kealing and I love it. With a little organization and focus, you can basically get anywhere in this school. If you love a challenge and if you love learning, you will definitely love this school.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2013
I am a current 8th grader at Kealing. My time at Kealing has been stressful, I won't lie. I think that the benefits outway the cons. I know a big question for people considering Kealing is the HW load. I am taking AP Geometry this year, and I average about 2-3 hours of HW a night. In 6th grade it was much less. Tales of 5 hours a night are tales of kids playing video games and Facebook on their computer when parents aren't watching. As for grades, I have gotten an 89 in Algebra and above that for everything else. I know people who fall both above and below me in terms of grades. My teachers are great, and are very willing to help me out. Office Hours are a must, everyone goes to them so there is no need to worry about teasing, etc. My only negative feeling towards the school is that there are many Asian stereotypes at play i.e. Asians are the smartest, etc. As a blonde girl, this is frustrating and a little humiliating. Also, there are definite tensions between STAR and Magnet students. I do have friends in STAR, but I was bullied last year in Gym and have felt intimidated in classes with both programs.

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2013
I am a Kealing graduate, went to LBJ Science Academy, then UT-Austin for engineering, then Harvard/MIT for a MD/PhD. I can only say that Kealing started it all for me. I was challenged, disciplined, and engaged to learn more and do better. Kealing prepared me for LBJ by allowing me to take advanced math classes and the science electives to this day were some of my favourites. I think the academic rigor and creative classes really set apart and self-designed a curriculum that excited me. Also, something that is very important and not to be overlooked... At the time, the neighborhood was pretty rough, (gang-related?) fights everyday and we had to wear our backpacks in front of us during lunch so our graphing calculators wouldn't get stolen. Some parents may think that this is a dangerous situation that they would never want their kids to encounter. It was an invaluable part of growing up and helped me learn the so called "street smarts" and a good dose of reality. And as a physician, people from multiple diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic levels have said that they can relate to me more since I understand their background. Thank you Kealing + LBJ. A winning combination.

- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2013
Kealing was definitely the right choice for me. I never had a challenge back in elementary school, and going into Kealing was just what I needed for my level. There's always a challenge waiting around the corner to get you, and only you can decide whether or not you will fight back and conquer the beast. If you feel like school is too easy for you, then come to Kealing if you're willing to fight back.

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2013
A lot can change in the 20 or so years since I was a student at Kealing but it sounds like the work load and academic standards have not. As a 34 year old graduate of an Ivy league university, law school and MBA school, and Kealing, I can honestly say Kealing was the hardest, most challenging and stressful academic experience of my life. I would agree that the work load was probably "developmentally inappropriate" as I clearly remember working 5-7 hours a night, and these two years being among the most stressful of my life. However, in highschool honors classes there was a huge difference between students who went to Kealing vs Murchison and others. Also, the discipline and study skills I learned at Kealing carried me through highschool and ultimately the rest of my life. I never again want to work that hard consistently, but when the need emerges, I know how to turn on the focus needed for this kind of endurance. Ultimately this experience shaped who I am for the better, though it definitely came at a price. I know my success later in life started at Kealing.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2013
I work at Kealing MS in the Magnet Program. Our program is worthwhile for most students and families who join, since it really is a microcosm of life-in-general, with a few added supports and a few unique hurdles of its own. The pros? Students prone to "check out" in normal public school because they feel they're way ahead of the game almost certainly won't do so in this program. Between the accelerated curriculum, the robust extracurricular clubs/sports, and the wide variety of elective opportunities, a kid has no room to be bored. In addition, teachers have enough autonomy to create/modify curriculum to the accelerated needs of the students. Students create poetry, plant gardens, build musical instruments, study the stars, and much more. The cons? Sometimes the curriculum is heaped too high for the child's/family's time to manage. Sometimes the teacher doesn't fully understand the student's unique needs or family situation. Sometimes a student feels overwhelmed or misunderstood. But the best part? IT'S JUST MIDDLE SCHOOL. All its absurdities and stressors perfectly foreshadow those found in later life, but in a safer environment with some more room for mistakes. And learning.

- submitted by a teacher
April 11, 2013
I am a current 7th grader, and I know that this school is tough. The academics are rigorous and the amount of homework I have can be a lot. But I feel like I'm learning so much more than I did at my normal public school. The courses are absolutely amazing! The math and science courses offered are really advanced and I'm learning more than I ever thought I would in middle school. I really do love Kealing Middle School. I would recommend it to anyone that wants more of a challenge than a regular public school can offer.

- submitted by a community member
December 22, 2012
Alrighty hate to be this one person, but Kealing is one of the best schools ever. Current Student in eighth grade so I've been through what your kids have been through. I couldn't have written this without Kealing. It has taught me many outlets of expressing myself, writing being one of those. I work on homework, on the bus, and at school during classes. If i sit down and focus I'm done in 45 minutes what apparently takes kids 4 years. It's not cause I'm better than others, it's because I focus. It takes kids doing "homework" on computers like 10x longer cause they multi task. Also this load of homework in Seveth grade. Been there done that. So easy. All you had to do was focus. I did Algebra and German as well. The teachers there are the best. They support critical thinking. In the end we don't follow district guidelines until we have to. We learn sometimes really useful things. Sometimes though we don't learn anything, because we think to much on a journal entry and debate. Overall Kealing in my opinion is one of the best schools for intellectual knowledge and for your kid to learn more. By that I mean interacting. I have scraped friends made new ones. Easy and a good thing too.

- submitted by a community member
December 09, 2012
Parents beware--the magnet program challenges the kids, however, the negative reviews on this site are right. The homework load is outrageous. My kid frequently has over 5 hours of work each night--no breaks, works continuously , even at the dinner table. After school sports and clubs had to be dropped to keep up.The load is so great that parents started complaining on the listserve. They reported stressed out kids, lots of tears and frustration. Administrators conducted a survey confirming the problem. 1 in 3 parents said they considered removing their kids from the school. Teachers have unrealistic expectations and can be a tad sadistic. In group projects one member of the group usually does not do their part so the others are up late picking up the slack. The new principal seems to want to change things but it's wait and see. A.teacher at a very prestigious private high school once told me not to worry about getting my child into the best schools until high school where it would really matter most. I wish I had listened and kept my student in our home school & then attempted to get into LASA which I hear has a wonderful, positive learning environment. We will not be back.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
The classes are extremely engaging, but the amount of work loaded on these kids is developmentally inappropriate. I have a post graduate degree in Education, and wanted my son to attend this school to be challenged; instead he is beginning to feel like he can't make the grade. I am trying to ascertain if the strong academics partnered with my child's plummeting self-esteem outweigh the "regular" curriculum of our neighborhood school where my child's self-esteem would remain intact. This school is not for everyone, and just because your child is bright/gifted does not mean this is the right learning environment for them. Is Kealing a good school? Yes, it is a good school. Is it for everyone? No, absolutely not.What would make Kealing a great school? Have a more inclusive accelerated curriculum that engages and encourages all students learning styles. Also, keep in mind an accelerated curriculum does not mean you must teach the students as if they are in college, challenge them , push them, but keep your teaching practices and expectations in line with the developmentally appropriate guidelines for the tweens and early teens you are charged with educating.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
Is Kealing Magnet harder? Yes. Is it better? Not sure. Some instruction seemed unnecessarily difficult. On the other hand, students do learn self-discipline. Is there more opportunity? Definitely lots of electives and after school activities. Are the kids great? Yes. Are teachers really engaged? Not in our experience. This one really surprised us. In fact, our student felt anonymous among Kealing Magnet teachers and considered returning to our former AISD middle school for its excellent teacher-student relationships.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
I'm a 7th grade magnet student at Kealing Middle School, and overall I would have to say Kealing is a great school. It's great for any child who is looking for a challenge, yes there's a lot of homework (it decreases as the year progress) but it is a great experience and a great advantage in their future. Kealing makes sure you are ready for life coming ahead and will make high school and college a breeze if you are successful. Don't freak if your child's grades than normal, it's normal the curriculum's are harder and challenging but overall it's a great school and highly recommend it for any bright child looking for a challenge!

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2012
I cannot speak to the quality of the regular/CAP program, but as far as the Magnet School I can't say enough great things. My kid was utterly bored the last year of elementary school and Kealing completely woke her up. Yes, its tough, but all the kids in her group are completely supportive and devoted to making it. The classes are interesting and challenging. You MUST stay on top of the homework every day or you will sink, guaranteed, but if you can set the right rules for getting it done, its super worth it, and my kid takes a perverse pride in knowing she's in the toughest school in the city. The orchestra is amazing, the electives fun, the core classes challenging. Our kid immediately made new friends who were also eager to learn. I am so impressed by the level of smarts at this school. There are downsides: friends are scattered all over town and hard to see after school. The cafeteria is dysfunctional so plan on taking lunch. Really, my kid never had time to eat after going through the line, so we gave up. But overall, Amazing school. Demanding but brilliant.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
My child is now in the 7th grade Kealing Magnet program and it is far more sane for him than 6th grade was. He only has 1 hour homework a night and no longer has huge projects due every 6 weeks in multiple classes. I have not had to help him with any subjects other than some linear algebra they touched on for a week. That was hard core, but thankfully a short chapter. This has been a very easy year for the family. Nothing like 6th grade. My son is holding a 92 average in most core classes, 95 in English and history. He is a smart child but loves to goof off and play. He is still a child at heart. 7th grade is not crushing his spirit like 6th grade almost did last year. I no longer drive him so hard either. 92% in math and science are fine. He is 12. KM 85% is like A plus in other schools. Don't freak if your A+ baby drops to the 80's in a class or two. That holds double for 6th grade. Best of luck!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
Our 6th grader in the Kealing Magnet program is having a great time. He is finally getting academic instruction and challenge at an appropriate level for him. For years we paid extra for math instruction through the Stanford EPGY program and now he is able to take math at his level. His other classes are also very high caliber and interesting to him. The coordination between English and World Cultures is great. And science and band are both fun and challenging. He spends about 1 hour on homework during the week and just a couple hours on the weekend. I think this is very acceptable. I think some kids at Kealing may not have good preparation for scheduling their time but it's a skill they WILL eventually have to learn to get into a great college. Being a Stanford graduate household, this is what we want for our kids and I think this is the way to prepare them for that caliber school. Kealing isn't for every kid and some kids will mature later and not be ready for the responsibility and work yet. But if your student is really motivated and is aceing their elementary school work then Kealing may be a good option for them.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
It has good teachers, really! And it should be, considering its' a magnet school. YAY!!

- submitted by a community member
November 29, 2011
People complain about teachers being too harsh or the homework being too hard, but as a 7th grader at the school I can say that that's the point. You sign up knowing that you will be subjected to a heavy workload and possible stress, and you deal with it if you are actually interested in receiving superior education. If you don't then the consequences are your fault. Students at school are happy and supportive of each other and there is a strong, positive community. The curriculum is rigorous and covers much more ground than regular schools. Kealing also has great orchestra and band programs and a huge selection of fun, engaging electives that aren't offered at any other school. It's really a personal matter. You will hate the school if you can't handle the workload, but if you can the academic and personal rewards are great.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2011
I am a current 8th grader at Kealing in the magnet program, and it is one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. The curriculum is rigorous and difficult, but fun to learn about and gives you good study habits. There is a lot of homework but I enjoy doing it and I still have time for extracurriculars and friends. The orchestra program is also amazing and in the top ten middle school orchestras in the state. You make friends with kids in both programs and people from all over the city. The teachers are excited about teaching and we want to learn.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2011
I would strongly encourage everyone to stay away from Kealing Magnet School. They screen kids to get the smart ones but heap so much homework on them as if they can't comprehend! Three hours of homework a night is routine. There isn't any room for other activities. Kids learn best when they are having a positive experience, not being punished. They need to explore other interests and be well rounded. Administration ignores these issues and is difficult to work with. Don't be surprised if they don't return your calls. Teachers impose their own liberal views of life/religion on kids and parents aren't usually aware unless you follow homework carefully. You are far better off to have your students in local middle schools. They have student support and factual curriculum. Their music and theater teachers quit last year due to no support from the administration. One teacher told me she felt she was being set up by the administration for failure. The students I spoke with weren t happy at Kealing Magnet. They hated the bars on the windows, the homework, the teachers and the many fights between CAP kids and Magnet kids. We have one chance to raise our kids. Beware .

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
Well after looking at all of these reviews i see that most of the Magnet parents and students still look down apon us CAP students. I went to Kealing all through middle school and it was great i had friends in both programs but i noticed that each side hated the other. Sports at kealing are the best we have alot of competion in our zone. But over all a great school i went there from 07 - 09

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2011
Hate it. I cry everyday. Its ridiculous. There's to much homework and when I look at my homework I say to myself "uhmmm, einstein where are you?"

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2011
Great school with excellent teachers and very effcient office staff! The magnet program offers them exactly what our kids need. The math, social studies, electives and after school clubs are great and high quality education opportunities to many students who want to learn. The program director, teachers there are working very very hard. So do the kids and everybody there. We really appreciate the Kealing Magnet program and Kealing school!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2010
I go to Kealing. I love Kealing! yes, it is hard and challenging but you meet so many new people from different parts of Austin. You really gain individuality there. And as a student, at first I really did not want to go there, but now I'm glad I did. There are some really great teachers, and its a really good learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2010
Kealing is a great school, you learn a lot and if you are having trouble with the school work the teachers will help you with it. The CAP kids are a bad influence on some students, whhat with their cursing every 5 seconds, and showing little or no respect for the students around them. But I have found Kealing to be a great experiance.

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February 03, 2010
My child is GT-labeled, and needs that label -- she skipped a grade without blinking an eye. 'Differentiation in the classroom' doesn't get her much when she's a different of 1 -- what classroom teacher can do that? Kealing Magnet has been a godsend - she's now figured out what 'work' means, she's discovering that she can not-know things & then learn them... all the things most parents take for granted in their kids. However, if your kid is not so bored in elementary school that they're causing trouble, Kealing Magnet MAY NOT BE FOR YOU. I have another child in pre-AP at another Austin middle school. She is thriving there... but Kealing would /not/ work for her at all. I **love** how Kealing Magnet works for Gifted & Talented students.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2010
The academics in the magnet program are great however the question for us is this school worth the hassle and burden on our child? 1) In my opinion we have found the discipline to be a bit militaristic. I like having consequences but I believe this school's seem to punish more than teach. 2)My son spends 3-5 hours on homework that at times consists of busy work that leaves little time for him to read for fun. 3)We find there is little feedback--one of his teachers didn't post homework grades until the end of grading period so he was in the dark as to how he was doing. 4)Tutoring sessions are so crowded my son complained that it was hard to get help. I witnessed this when I went to a teacher conference. It was scheduled during a tutoring session. We are looking at other schools with pre-ap courses next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2009
Kealing has been a very good experience for my children. Notice that I didn't say an easy or problem less experience. Yes, the expectation is set very high. Coming home one day my daughter told me that she finally felt that she deserved the A's she had made that semester. Know your kid and be realistic in terms of expectations. My son sometimes had difficulties there but reflects back on how much he gained from the experience. The academics are top notch and the orchestra is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2009
My child is in the Magnet program. He has gone from being a bright, happy child to a child that is burdened and depressed by an oppressive amount of homework, and most of his friends feel the same way ~ many of us are looking at other schools. The teachers move very fast in class and refer students to tutoring and count on that and homework ~ this is how the kids are able to learn so much, so quickly. But there is a price. My child has gone from loving school, to thinking that his school is cool, but is saddened by how unhappy he is there. If you know of another good school, near you, consider it. This may not be as good of a deal as you think it will be.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
Kealing is coolest school around. They really help kids acheive their goals.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2009
My Child Is in the 8th grade at kealing in the MAGNET program. He says he loves it.Once i visited there one day and saw the diversity and large amount of programs and clubs kealing has to offer. My son was in the CAP program in the 6th grade and told me it was too much of a breeze. I quickly had a meeting with the magnet director and in doing such found that there was a spot open. My child says that the assignments are not easy but are not impossibleto do. If your child was in the Kealing Magnet Program, Pre-Ap, or CAP he/she would love it not only because of the ground breaking academics but also because of the loving and friendly teachers and students that are there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The teachers are great. They even stay after hours to help the children achieve.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
While some of the magnet kids can be snotty, the rest of us are perfectly fine. And those that are snotty tend to be rude to everyone, not just CAP students. The teachers are incredible, though the draconian discipline is somewhat extreme.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Kealing is a great school with a diverse student body and excellent teachers. It's an awesome place to teach and learn.

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- submitted by a student
August 08, 2009
Though academically, the school is easily exemplary,(I speak only for the magnet program, for the CAP system is one I have not experienced) I feel that in the classes as well as the hallways, magnet students have a tendecy to look down on Cap students. Parents, please sit down and have a talk with your child not to judge Cap students. Despite the numerous negative encounters that have occured whose validity I do not dispute, all children who live in the neighborhood are not neccarily to be viewed with hatred, and reading Malcon X and other stories about prejudice is useless if the magnet students consider a plausible interpritation of a CAP student to be speaking with an African American accent. The teachers are fantastic and encouraging, and the assignments are original and interesting.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 05, 2009
This school is just like any other middle school. Unless you are in the Magnet Program, there's really nothing special about it. I was a little late to enroll last year, because I had moved to Austin less than a month before school started. I had the grades and perseverance to be eligible for the Magnet Program, but they would not allow me access. This ended up with me not having the best experience. The Magnet kids seem to be a bit snotty towards the other kids anyway, and there is a HUGE segregation. The Magnet kids are like the elite, because they are supposedly smarter and 'better'...the acceptance into th program has gone to some of their heads and caused many of them to be very pretentious. I wanted to be in the Magnet program so I could be challenged. but it seems that it would be a bad choice.

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2009
Regarding the Kealing Magnet Program -- this program is a wonderfully advanced program for bright kids, but be warned that your child must approach it with discipline. While these teachers are wonderful and the curriculum is very superior to what is offered in the regular public program, these teachers WILL NOT coddle your child. It is up to the child to stay on top of assignments, due dates, etc. and if he/she falls behind because of lack of discipline, it is a rare teacher who will help. All teachers will offer tutoring, but if your child doesn't develop the discipline and fix his/her issue, then they will be out, with out even a polite good by. I am not trying to discourage anyone from applying or attending Kealing Magnet. I just want to warn that if you have bright children that tend to 'get by on brains', ain t gonna happen here.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2009
Kealing is an excellent school with curriculum as well as entertainment. This is a really good reccomended school.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 27, 2009
My child just completed 6th grade in the Kealing Magnet Program. I cannot say how glad I am that we made the decision to come here! My son is gifted and has ADHD (inattentive type) and I thought the organizational requirements and the homework load would be too much...especially after reading some of these reviews!!! Yes, he struggled with organization, but the teachers were understanding and helpful throughout the process. The homework load was no more than the elementary school that he came from - they were just longer term projects that required planning. That's a foriegn concept to most preteens! However, he's learned a great deal, matured tremendously - loves school, and cannot wait to start 7th grade. The bad ...the lunch periods are run like a concentration camp because so many students are cramped in one space and theft is a big problem. Bad language and behavior are rampant.

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no rating February 13, 2009
I am a current 8th grade student at Kealing. I think that by far this is the best Middle School in Austin. I have shadowed at other schools, but no others include the vast amount of creative and unique electives that Kealing has to offer. Kealing also has amazing core classes that don't use standard methods of teaching. I have never gotton a work sheet in any core class. Instead we focus on making posters and creating fun skits that help us learn. I have really enjoyed my Kealing experience.

- submitted by a student
February 13, 2009
Kealing Magnet MS has been an amazing experience of fun & learning. The homework load is tough, which is essential when preparing a student for high school, and better, college. Come here if you are hard-working, focused, and have a love for learning. If you procrastinate and do so only do so much just to get by, don't even send in your application. This school is for the best of the best, and I am exceptionally impressed with the amount that I have learned in my last year of Kealing Magnet MS. The teachers are ALWAYS enthusiastic and ready to jump to their feet to teacher. I have never been more inspired by school teachers as I have at this school. Kealing holds multiple showcases, so come to one of them to learn more about the brilliant life of a Kealing Magnet student. Remember, the best of the best is here.

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- submitted by a student
December 31, 2008
i go to this school i am in the 6th grade and i love it there at kealing it is a great school more kids should come here.

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2008
I can't speak for the Comprehensive Academic Program (CAP), but you can be assured that the Magnet Program is top notch. It's like Stuyvesant for middle-schoolers. Beware though; this is an exceptional school, suited soley for exceptional students! I'm currently a seventh grader. My electives last year and this year are as follows: robotics, genetics, psychology, Citizen Kealing (public speaking/debate), Latin, Science Olympiad (hands-on advanced physics), heroes and monsters, and art. Plus I'll have three more new ones next semester, the second half of seventh grade... Federally, Algebra in 9th grade, but at Kealing more than 1/2 of 7th graders are in Algebra, and two 8th graders in Pre-Cal (norm. Senior in HS). This descrimination stuff is rediculous, CAPs can take Mag electives, they usually just choose not to. They can't take Core classes with Mags because extensive testing showed they couldn't keep up. No point in holding back the students who care...

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- submitted by a student
December 13, 2008
this school is pretty boring and i know it is harder than the other schools but i think its just used as an excuse for some kids to say they're better than other kids that aren't in magnet. we get way to much hmwk and teachers expect us to finish it in 30 mins or less. also, there is complete segregation between the magnet kids and the pre-ap kids and the administrators favor the magnet kids. i'm in 7th grade magnet and i think that the only good thing about the magnet school is that you get to meet people from all over austin.

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no rating October 23, 2008
i am an 8th grader now and i went to kealing in 7th grade. i moved this summer and the schools here are really easy and im a-cing everything. kealing prepares you for everything

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
i am currently an eighth grader at kealing and love it. Yes, there is a lot of work, but it is without a doubt considered to have the smartest middle school kids at kealing. I have friends at others middle schools around austin and have seen the work they do, and the 6th graders at kealing would be able to easily do all the work of an eighth grader at just about any other middle school in austin.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2008
i love this school. i wish i could go back. i was learning so much i even got commended on all of my taks tests.

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no rating July 05, 2008
this school is very challenging u get 2-4 hours of homework daily and on weekends or vacations even extra all tests and projects from classes are assigned together to get u even more tensed if u have patience and dont do a lot of other activities u should come here

- submitted by a student
no rating June 11, 2008
kealing MS is the best school i have been to. The teachers are excited about teaching. The students want to be there, the magnet program is exceptional. I would definitley give it a ten out of ten

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2008
Kealing. This school is great. I am in the magnet program and I couldn't be happier. Kealing is not for the weak hearted. There is alot of homework and classwork but it all pays off. If you're a slacker just dont even apply, Kealing is not right for you. Everything about just makes me never want to leave. The classes the teachers, the students, the overall vibe at Kealing cannot be beat.

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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2008
Kealing is a very good school, better than my elementary school by lightyears. I have an IQ of 147, ( making me an almost genious) but this school still challenges me. I also have SLI (specific language imperiment) and disgrahia yet my teachers help me over come these problems. I used to have to use 504 acommidations (things that insured that I wasn't being left behind, basically giving me extra time) but now I rarely have to use them at all. I also completely forgot that I had SLI. teachers at this school will help you with basically any problem. The principals here don't help magnet kids that much and whenever we have a problem that we might might need someone like a principal we go to the Magnet Director. We have a great band program. For those who are capable, we have a Jazz Band, something that Lamar does'nt have.

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March 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 17, 2008
I would say that the school is pretty good, but moves quite quickly. You have to be prepared to study a lot more than in Elementary and you cannot procrastinate. Powerpoint skills are a must, and having it at home is a good idea. As someone said earlier, I hsve not had as great a time as some has because of personal issues, but the academics are a foot above any other AISD middle school. I highly recomend it!

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- submitted by a former student
February 01, 2007
a very bad school. Good teachers though.

- submitted by a former student
May 08, 2006
Kealing Middle School is a great school overall.It is a magnet program school. They have unique electives not available at other schools is the school district. The teachers are great. They really seem to love what they are doing and enjoy being there. They really care about their students and make a special effort to help them. This school is a magnet program school and is supposed to be really advanced. They do a good job getting the kids involved in group projects, but the kids have so much work. My son was on system overload. It got to be just too much for him as it does for a lot of students. When he attended the administration did not do a good job keeping parents informed of problems, but they were between principles.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
There is not enough supervision at this school, especially during lunch.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
Kealing has a great academics program but is not big with sports. Its great.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2006
The Magnet program at Kealing provides a great array of choices for all academic interests. These include foreign languages and advanced math and science courses. Although the Magnet program classes are seperate from the regular program classes, a student who applies themself in the regular program can gain access to the magnet program. The extra-curricular activities are above average in the arts.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
I agree, the magnet program has a tough curriculum,and it can be difficult to get with teachers. Requires organizational and study skills the gifted creative child may lack. Rigorous, drilling program. Not much help from administration if your child struggles. Keep up with the homework, there is a 30 point penalty if it is 1 day late.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2005
Kealing is a great school. The teachers are well informed in their course of teaching, and the school is very multicultural. The Magnet program is top notch, though be prepared for a lot of homework!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2005
Kealing is great! Very rigorous program and informed intelligent teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
June 25, 2005
A very, very tough magnet program; large classes, grading on a curve for science (only 10% will get A's), hours of homework every day; if your kid gets sick or is absent for any reason, she'll find it hard to catch up with work. Students excel academically, but level of stress is high. Lots of wonderful electives, but impossible to get into them. Some excellent teachers and some brutal, ego-tripping ones. A better place for hardworking, disciplined kids than for gifted or creative kids.

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March 22, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 09, 2005
I'm a student at Kealing. I think most of these reveiws pretty much hit the nail on the head. Personally, my experience at Kealing could have been better. I think the Kealing experience was a dissapointment for me, because of personal reason, rather than the school. I lacked the determination, and work ethic needed to 'thrive' at Kealing. It's not that the material is overly difficult, the amount, in a double strand especially, can be over welming. The teachers, cannot be beat, my mother has had no difficulty reaching the majority of my teachers, and I absolutly LOVE them.

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2004
The magnet program is outstanding--filled with rigor, challenging projects and labs, highly-qualified teachers, and motivated students. My only concern is the overcrowded condition of the school this year, which has led to more fights, larger class sizes, limited magnet elective choices, and the addition of portables. The district should create a stand-alone magnet school to better meet the needs of ALL the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
My son graduates from Kealing's magnet program this year. His experience was good, but not exceptional. The program is not as rigorous as one might think -- though, like anything, it is what you make it. The best thing about the magnet courses is that most students are there to work. Given the number of group projects they do, this is essential for student success. I can echo previous comments that parent-teacher communication could stand improvement. Most of my son's teachers did not respond to E-mail messages, and information on student progress was limited to passing/failing. The best things? The principal, Leroy Davis, is super. And the band program cannot be beat. Be warned: if your child is in band, his/her access to the wealth of magnet electives will be limited. Even with a PE waiver, my son couldn't take a single magnet elective in seventh grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2004
Well one bad thing about Kealing is the way students are tracked into different curriculums. Most of the neighborhood students are in the regular school program while students from more affluent neighborhoods are bused in to attend the magnet program which receives better resources. It's defacto segregation.

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March 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
I'm acually a student at kealing and this school is the best I've gone to. Kealing is very safe and the kids there are a lot more mature then other people there age. It doesn't matter who you are, you are allowed to show your individuality, with respect from your peers. The magnet program is really not as stressful as some make it sound like but then again that's just my opinion. The taechers are terrific with their students but I will be the first to admit they can seem a little standoff-ish to parents. Going to Kealing was the best decision I've made, acedemicly and I hope if your child ever has the chance to attend this great school you take it not only for the acedemics but for the diversity, cultural, demigraphic and spirtual aspects.

- submitted by a student
March 09, 2004
Magnet curriculum is generally challenging and well worth the pressure it puts on the kids. More emphasis on creativity than rigor. Many teachers are excellent but not as communicative as I'd like. Many don't respond to e-mails or phone calls asking about student progress. Some teachers seem out of their depth and others seem to view teaching magnet classes as status position. School seems generally safe. Especially safer haven for children who march to a different drummer.

- submitted by a parent
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Kealing Middle School
1607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Austin, TX  78702
(512) 414-3214
Last modified Kealing Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kealing Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 90 reviews. Top