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Fine Arts Magnet Program

    Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program
    Our program is dedicated to providing quality instruction in the arts and supporting high achievement by all scholars. We are committed to developing each scholar to reach their own full potential to better themselves and their community.
    Program Goals:
    The goal of the Audrey H. Lawson Middle School for Fine Arts focuses on educating all scholars by developing and strengthening academic skills through the areas of performing and visual arts.
    • Develop marketable Scholar Portfolios
    • Increase scholar enrollment
    • Grow scholar participation in UIL
    • Build parental and community involvement
    Fine Arts Courses Offered:
    In our band program scholars learn to play, perform, and understand music. They become well-versed in many aspects of music, learning various musical instruments and exposure to arts from all around the world. Band scholars get many opportunities to perform at a variety of school and community events.
    The dance program exposes scholars to various types of dance, from ballet to hip hop. Using our newly renovated dance studio as a classroom space, dance scholars expand their cultural literacy along with their knowledge of technique. Instruction is provided by our own faculty with guest teachers from our community partner, Lineage Dance of Pasadena, two to three days a week! Eliot dancers have opportunities to perform both on and off-campus throughout the year.
    Theater Arts
    Theater Arts scholars work in a variety of disciplines, including individual monologues and scenes as well as writing screenplays.
    Visual Arts
    In Visual Arts, scholars are able to develop an understanding and an appreciation for the Arts as a whole, while exploring the creative process through thinking about, looking at, and creating works of visual arts.
    The LMS magnet program believes through the arts we can build on a child’s academics to give scholars opportunities for creative expression. Young artists work together to produce high-quality performances, publications, and exhibitions that reflect their understanding of the arts, develop their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and enhance their self-esteem.
    Research has shown that scholars who apply themselves in the arts perform higher academically, and HISD’s fine arts magnet programs provide a strong core of knowledge.
    Scholar Expectations:
    • Maintain 75 or higher in core classes
    • Satisfactory attendance
    • Adequate behavior
    • Performance assessments
    • Believe that they can be a 21st century performer/artist regardless of experience, professional training, art education, and affiliations.
    • Engage in open communication with teachers and parents
    • Demonstrate student professional conduct as a positive reflection on the magnet program
    • Failing to maintain the necessary requirements will initiate a conference to discuss the scholar’s performance. Results can have a scholar placed on probation after review from the teachers, administration, and parents.
    Parental Involvement:
    Parents of our magnet scholars are expected to attend at least 3 events in the school year which must include one fall event and one event in the spring.
    Scholars, teachers, and parents will take a holistic approach to supporting the development of our scholars to ensure a well-rounded scholar equipped to compete with their peers.
    Performance Passport: LMS Magnet scholars are encouraged to attend visual and performance events in our community: performances, festivals, classes, celebrations, etc. Here's how it works:
    1. Attend an arts event (any event outside of school hours where music, dance, theater arts, or visual arts are displayed/rehearsed/performed for a public audience).
    2. Bring your iPerform Passport and an artifact (such as a ticket stub or program) from the event to school
    3. We'll "stamp" your Performance Passport!  
    4. Incentives are provided to students who attend visual and performance arts events throughout the year.  Scholars who get all seven stamps will be entered in a raffle at the end of the year
    How to apply to our Fine Arts Magnet program:
    Review your scholars’ interests and needs and look for alignment with our specific fine arts magnet courses offered. The HISD magnet application is available online or through a paper application from the LMS front office.
    An application takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Before starting, if your child is a current HISD scholar, please locate his or her HISD scholar ID number on a report card or by calling their school
    Scholars with at least an overall 75 average in core subjects will be invited for an audition. Scholar selection will be based on review of their overall grades, conduct, attendance, and audition using a rubric.  Auditions are scheduled for January 12, 2018.
    School Tours are held every Thursday beginning October 4 through December 6, 2018. Tours resume once a month beginning in January. If you are unable to attend these dates you can speak to our magnet office to discuss additional opportunities.
    The application process begins September 28, 2018.
    For further information contact us:
    Magnet Office Hours: 8:30am – 3:30 PM
    Magnet Coordinator: Demetra Hayes
    Email: demetra.hayes@houstonisd.org
    Magnet Clerk: Viviana Alfaro Hernandez
    Email: valfaro@houstonisd.org