The Kealing Magnet Program, established in 1986 to offer an advanced academic option to students in Grades 7 and 8, was expanded in 2004 to include Grade 6. For over two decades, students from all over the City of Austin have chosen to attend the Kealing Magnet for academic opportunities they cannot find elsewhere. They get on buses and into cars early in the morning because they are eager for the academic challenges they find in the Kealing Magnet Program. The Kealing Magnet Program has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in academics. The program offers students a rigorous and relevant curriculum: core classes at a more advanced level than the Pre-AP honors classes at other middle schools and elective classes that extend and unify core class concepts and skills. Evidence of Kealing Magnet Program students’ high achievement is documented by the highest test results in the school district and by success in academic competitions.
The Kealing Magnet Program is a comprehensive advanced academic magnet program. Core classes in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are all advanced and all students enrolled in the program take these advanced classes. The curriculum and teachers’ instructional strategies promote independent inquiry and learning and allow students to develop their knowledge and skills significantly beyond traditional middle school expectations.
Our mission is to serve students from all over Austin ISD. As a result, acceptance in the Kealing Magnet Program will consist of two parts: 50% of the acceptances will be based solely on the top ranking scores of the rubric, while the other 50% will be divided proportionally by the Austin ISD middle schools feeder patterns. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must show proof of primary residence within AISD boundaries and must maintain primary residence within AISD. Primary residence, in accordance with board policy, "requires living in the district and having the present intention to remain there."