Fine Arts Academy

** NEW **  The 2014-2015 Lamar Fine Arts Academy Handbook and Application is now available. 

** NEW **  Frequently Asked Questions and Important Deadlines

The Fine Arts Academy (FAA) at Lamar Middle School is pleased to provide an inspiring and robust program for students across Austin for the purpose of pursuing an accelerated arts curriculum as fine arts majors.  Lamar FAA offers its students both meaningful and enriching opportunities in the areas of visual arts, dance, band, orchestra, choral music, drama, classical guitar, piano, digital arts and media, as well as our nationally recognized Lamar Jazz Band.  Lamar FAA attracts a vastly diverse student body from across the city, including students from private, charter and parochial schools.  Additionally, as the primary feeder school for McCallum High School and Fine Arts Academy, we are strongly aligned with McCallum's fine arts programs.  Lamar FAA is Austin's top choice for middle school fine arts, as we strive to provide every student with a fulfilling and all encompassing middle school experience that nurtures the whole child.  In short, our academic programs are comprehensive and rigorous, our athletic programs are dynamic, our parent and community involvement is flourishing, and most importantly, our student body is happy.  We are Lamar!

Visual Arts Fundraiser

Join us at Alamo Drafthouse for a Special Screening of Back to the Future

Don't miss this fundraiser benefitting the Visual Arts Department!  Join us on Monday, February 10th at the Alamo Drafthouse Village on Anderson Lane.  Tickets are $7 for kids and $10 for adults.  Tickets are available online by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Joanna Fried by email.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Applications and audition workshops will be held on December 7, 2013 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

The Fine Arts Academy will be hosting an Open House on December 12, 2013 from 8:30 - 11:00 am (tours every 30 minutes).

Applications are accepted from incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders and will be due on January 24, 2014.  

Instrument Discovery Day for Band and Orchestra is January 26, 2014 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in the Fine Arts Building. See flyer for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Lamar Fine Arts Academy  (en Español).  LFFA is aligning its curriculum closely with McCallum High School and McCallum Fine Arts Academy.  

We've also compiled a list of FAQs and important dates and additional information about Lamar's FAA in this presentation.

The Fine Arts Academy builds upon the already outstanding arts program present at Lamar. Our award-winning Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Theatre Troup and Visual Arts programs are excited and ready for the challenges and opportunities ahead.  In the 2014-2015 school year, we will be adding Digital Arts and Media as a strand in the Academy.

Lamar provides a program for students to pursue an accelerated arts curriculum in middle school. By creating a middle school with a fine arts focus for Austin, the Academy will fill an important role in our city. The FAA will feature partnerships with arts organizations and artists drawn from the internationally recognized Austin arts community, McCallum High School and the University of Texas at Austin.

View the current 2013-2014 handbook.  


Ingrid McDonald, Lamar Fine Arts Academy Coordinator
Tel: (512) 841-2180