Academy for Excellence Magnet

Our Academies for Excellence program for grades 6-8 is located at Austin Academy. Students who meet the minimum academic requirements (below) may apply for this magnet program.

Austin Academy offers advanced academic coursework called “Enriched Honors.” Courses in English, math, reading, social studies, and science are targeted to the needs of academically qualified students.

What about Gifted and Talented (G/T)?

The Academy for Excellence magnet program is not the same as gifted and talented services. Watch a video on the difference between G/T and magnet programs.

Parents are invited to join in on our Parent Discussion Forum. Parents can submit questions to our campus staff for a live response during our GISD Virtual School Fair. 



  • Combined test score of 250 (Reading, Math, Ability)
  • No less than 75th percentile in any area
  • Pass all subjects on report card
  • Pass STAAR

Magnet Application Process and Timelines

Magnet and Choice Process 

Please visit the GISD Magnet Program page for information on application timelines and process. 

Magnet and Choice process - Spanish

8th grade magnet continuation 

Students in 8th grade that wish to continue their magnet program going into high school need to view this video for instructions on continuing your magnet program or choosing a new program. 

8th graders: Find information about applying for High School Magnet Programs. 

8th grade magnet continuation - Spanish