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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
McCallum High School is a highly rated, public school located in Austin, TX. It has 1,759 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 88% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
Address
5600 Sunshine Dr
Austin, TX 78756
Telephone
(512) 414-2519
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McCallum High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
88%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1210
345 responses
Average ACT
25
127 responses
AP Enrollment
39%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$62,204
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,227
National
$949
Median Home Value
$309,871
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 101 responses
Report
  • Pep Rallies
    16%
  • Themed Weeks (Days leading up to Homecoming)
    15%
  • The Hawk (football games)
    14%
  • Pink Week
    12%
  • Taco Shack Bowl
    11%
  • Fashion show
    10%
  • Battle of the Bells
    10%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,759
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,975
Teachers in First/Second Year
6%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.54 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.54 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.54 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,703/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.61 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.61 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.61 responses
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This school is wonderful if you are interested in the fine arts program, but if you are zoned to this school like I am, it is not good. There are limited available classes for you to take, because you have to be in the fine arts program if you want to take many of the arts classes. The quality of the classes are not good, as the teachers give students way too much time on any kind of assignment, and do not challenge the more gifted students at all. The facilities are terrible; rat infested and never clean, and I felt regularly unsafe on campus. There were a number of serious threats to the student body that had you going to school in fear some days. The administration is useless when you might have a problem with an unhelpful teacher, and that goes for the counselors as well. Overall, not a good choice for a school.
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The best school in Austin. I dropped out of Lasa and am MUCH happier! It has such a fun and inviting atmosphere, and while the academics are just average, the community is incredible!
McCallum is an extremely accepting community with just under 2,000 students. The student body is creative and kind. The honors and AP curriculum are exceptional however regulars classes are lacking. The foreign language department is weak with the exception of a few teachers, as well as the science department. Students are provided with many opportunities to participate in stellar fine arts classes along with majors. The main problem is the unintentional segregation of the school. While honors and AP classes are largely comprised of white, upper middle class students, regulars classes are more racially and socioeconomically diverse. Also, the facilities are old and the population is much too large for the school (many classes are held in portables). While I myself have had a great experience at McCallum, the administration and counselors are not up to par with surrounding schools (such as Anderson and LASA). However, it is worth it to be in a calm and friendly environment.