APPLICATION & SCORING
Each application is scored out of 40 points with each category listed below being worth up to 10 points.  

1.  Essay (0-10 Points)
Applicants will complete ONE timed essay (60 mins) during an admissions test session. Each essay will be evaluated and scored by a team of teachers based on the rubric provided. If the essay cannot be scored (due to illegibility, response in a language other than English, misunderstanding of the directions, failure to address prompt, etc.) the essay will receive a “0.”  Scores from the rubric are converted to the 10 point scale and then recorded on the matrix.

2.  Video Presentation (0-10 Points)
Applicants will submit ONE video presentation addressing a specific prompt. Each presentation will be evaluated and scored by a team of teachers based on the rubric provided. If the presentation cannot be scored (due to illegibility, response in a language other than English, misunderstanding of the directions, failure to address prompt, etc.) the essay will receive a “0.” Scores from the rubric are converted to the 10 point scale and then recorded on the matrix.

3.  School Performance (0-10 Points)
School performance is calculated by reviewing both report card grades and teacher recommendations. The scores for Report Card Grades and Teacher Recommendations are totaled and divided by 2 to determine the average for the overall School Performance score (0-10).

4.  Admission Test (0-10 Points)
Students take a timed mathematics focused test (30 mins) designed to assess their potential success in the advanced math based portion of the magnet program.  Student’s raw scores are converted into a 10 point scale that is adjusted based on overall performance of all applicants of that year. 


Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Texas STAAR tests and AISD’s fall MAP testing were canceled. Consequently, we will be using 2019 STAAR data to determine whether applicants meet a minimum threshold in reading proficiency to meet the demands of an advanced academic program. If an applicant’s score on the 2019 STAAR test does not meet the minimum threshold requirements, the applicant will be given an additional opportunity to demonstrate grade level reading proficiency through a secondary short assessment administered online by Kealing or Lively in January or February. 2019 STAAR data will be used as a threshold score primarily- it will not play a leading role in the overall rubric that determines whether applicants are accepted into the program.