Currently, a magnet program does not exist in any of the south Austin high schools including. District data demonstrates that a large portion of the magnet school Liberal Arts and Science Academy’s (LASA) student applicants and enrollees are from southwest Austin. LASA's current location at LBJ High School has reached capacity.
As a result of the Trustees’ discussion at the November 9, 2015 Board Work Session, the Austin ISD administration convened a planning committee to develop proposals for a magnet in south Austin to provide students greater access to magnet programming. The planning committee was tasked with reviewing available data, establishing magnet program visions and curriculum/instruction focus, identifying elements of enrollment criteria, and soliciting community feedback.
Planning Committee's Five Program Proposals
1. Civics and Law Magnet Program Proposal
2. Comprehensive Advanced Academics Magnet Program Proposal
3. Computer Science Magnet Program Proposal
4. Enterprise and Leadership Magnet Program Proposal
5. Health Sciences Magnet Program
Public Community Meetings
8 to 11 a.m. April 16 at the Covington Middle School cafeteria.
4 to 7 p.m. April 28 at the Mendez Middle School cafeteria
The meetings are come-and-go meetings, allowing community members to arrive at any time during the meeting and stay as long as they would like. The meeting format will ensure all attendees receive the same information regardless of arrival time.
Community members will have the opportunity to review the program proposals and are asked to complete a survey to further inform the committee’s work.
The public will have multiple opportunities to share perspectives with the committee, tasked with establishing magnet program visions and curriculum/instruction needs for a potential new south magnet program.
Please provide feedback on the proposals by taking the online survey in English or Spanish.