HOW TO APPLY - THE FULL APPLICATION IS ATTACHED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE IN PDF FORMAT.
For more than two decades, students from all over Austin have chosen to attend the Kealing Magnet Program for advanced academic opportunities. The Kealing Magnet Program has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence. The program offers students a rigorous, relevant and exciting curriculum: core classes at a more advanced level than Pre-AP honors classes and elective classes that are tailored to meet the unique interests of Kealing students.
IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN AISD, PLEASE BEGIN THE PROCESS ONLINE! HERE'S HOW:
1. Go to the Parent Cloud: https://my.austinisd.org and log in. If you do not yet have an account, you can create one.
2. Search for and click on “AISD Common Application (Part 1)”.
3. Choose your student and click on the program(s) he/she will apply for.
4. Make note of the remaining pieces of the program’s application process.
5. When you click "Submit", the following components of the application will automatically be forwarded to us.
6. After you click “Submit”, you will see a link for “Teacher Recommendations”. Click on this link to send the recommendation form to your teachers.
For the Kealing Magnet Program, the remaining application components are:
If you refer to page 3 of the complete application (attached below), you can use the Required Items list as a checklist. If you complete the online Common Application form and send the Teacher Recommendations through the Cloud, then you will only need to finish items 2 & 7 on the Required Items list.
If you are NOT currently enrolled in AISD, we prefer that you complete the application on paper. The full application is attached at the bottom of this page in PDF format.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Students in grades 5, 6, and 7 are eligible to apply. Applicants must show proof of residence within AISD boundaries by the application due date. This proof may include documentation indicating that the student’s family will occupy a residence that has been purchased or leased within 45 calendar days of the application due date. Residence within AISD boundaries must be maintained in order to remain in the program. If a student moves out of AISD while attending the program, he/she will be allowed to finish the semester in the program. The principal or director may request proof of residence at any time.
HOW ARE ADMISSIONS DECISIONS MADE?
Our desire is to serve students from every part of Austin ISD. As a result, we have made a few adjustments to our admissions practices. Starting with the application process for the 2017-2018 school year, acceptance into the Kealing Magnet Program will be comprised of two halves. 50% of acceptances will be based purely on the top ranking of total rubric scores. The other 50% of the seats will be proportionally divided by feeder pattern within Austin ISD to students who meet the requisite rubric score. A visual representation can be found if you click on the attachment at the bottom of this page.
WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS INCLUDE?
In our application, you will find materials that will allow us to assess your qualifications and potential success in our limited enrollment program. All information must be received before your application can be processed and reviewed by a team of teachers. Your application must be completed in full and in our office by 4:30 p.m. on February 3, 2017. If you want to visit Kealing as a guest student (shadow), the application is due by 4:30 p.m. on January 20, 2017. Please do not submit additional materials as only the required forms will be evaluated.
Your application will consist of the following components in addition to simple demographic information:
The Kealing Magnet Program faculty and I look forward to receiving your completed application. If you or your parents have any questions, please call the Magnet Office at 414-2450. On March 10th we will mail you information about the status of your application to the Magnet Program. Let the adventure begin!
Director of Magnet Program
SAVE THE DATE!!!
November 3, 2016 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Kealing Magnet Showcase @ Kealing MS
December 3, 2016 – 9:00am – noon – AISD Middle School Choice Fair @ Kealing MS
January 14 & February 4 – 8:00am-10:00am or 11:00am-1:00pm – Admissions Test @ Kealing MS
January 20, 2017 – Deadline for Application if you want to Shadow
February 3, 2017 – Application Deadline
March 10, 2017 – Notification Letters will be mailed
CHECK US OUT: SPEND A SCHOOL DAY AT KEALING
Students applying to the Magnet Program may visit, or ‘shadow’ at Kealing for a day. There will be a limited number of spots for shadowing offered in the month of February. To visit, students must have submitted the student portion of their application by Friday, January 20, 2017.
Current 5th graders will be paired with a 6th grade student host for the day. Current 6th graders will be paired with a 7th grader, and current 7th graders will be paired with an 8th grader. Students may ride the Kealing buses. For Magnet Bus Schedules, go to: www.austinisd.org/transportation and click on “Bus Stop Finder Utility”.
When you submit your completed application, you will receive a link where you can complete the request to shadow form. Requests will be filled as they are received. In order to maintain our school’s learning atmosphere, we limit the number of visitors on any single day. You will be notified via email or phone of the specific date you are scheduled to shadow. If you have not been notified of a shadow date by February 17th, please contact the Magnet Office at (512) 414-2450.
The Kealing Magnet Office will give your student a letter verifying the day spent at Kealing, however, you are responsible for making arrangements at your school so that your absence will not be considered unexcused.
If either the Kealing Magnet Program application or the Shadowing Request is received after January 20th, we will be unable to schedule the applicant for shadowing. No exceptions.
Si necesita esta información en español sobre Shadowing, por favor communíquese con Ileana Abounader 512-965-4781.