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Rick  Garner
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Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy; Making the world their stage!

The Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy is the first elementary school in Austin to offer expanded Fine Arts programming to students of the Austin ISD.   In addition to providing high-quality instruction in Reading, Math, and Science, learning now includes drama such as learning about the works of Shakespeare, performing Readers’ Theatre, and creating full length stage productions.  The Blackshear Fine Arts Academy also offers enriching sessions for exploring choral and instrumental music, classical guitar, piano, dance, visual arts, and virtual storytelling at a depth not seen in other elementary schools.  During the regular school day, students receive additional instruction in the Fine Arts with local artist mentors and Austin community organizations.  Additionally, Blackshear is positioned as the starting point of expanded fine arts programs for a dynamic vertical school alignment with Kealing Middle School and McCallum Fine Arts High School.

Blackshear Fine Arts Academy is Austin’s only choice for an elementary school fine arts concentration.

Together, we will Educate, Enrich, and Exercise to Excel!



Why a Fine Arts Academy?

Research indicates a fine arts education can play a powerful role in creating and maintaining an exemplary school district that successfully prepares students for college, career, and life. Students who are exposed to fine arts throughout their schooling are much more likely to attend college, obtain employment and make an impact in their community. Academic advancements may be partially explained by the fact that students (and teachers) engaged in creative learning report being “less bored” in school.


Furthermore, ALL students are provided the opportunity to participate during the school day, ensuring 100% participation with consistent, sequential programming each school year. 


Interested? Here’s what to do…

Students eligible to enroll in the Austin ISD may request a transfer to the Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy. We encourage you to contact us at (512) 414-2021 or at,  and make an appointment to tour our facilities with your child. If you decide you would like your child to attend our Academy, we can provide you with the necessary transfer form. 


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