Our program, consisting of four hundred plus magnet students from all around the Austin area, is 18 years old. Authorized by AISD's school board in 2001, Lively's Humanities and Law Magnet for International Studies was one of Austin's best kept secrets however, it is not so secret anymore! Lively's magnet program offers a variety of elective choices at each grade level (6, 7, 8) that correspond with the specialties of the program.
Situated in the heart of Austin, Lively's excellent curriculum and programming is supported by the rich and vibrant environment that South Congress offers. Three distinctive strands in law, humanities, and global studies form the basis for electives in areas that Lively is known for. Journalism students rank in the top 5% of all students in journalism programs in the state of Texas--and we compete with high schools in our University Interscholastic League for Journalism excellence! Our fine arts program is one of the strongest in AISD! It includes multiple band, orchestra, guitar, choir, and theater classes as well as a thriving dance program. Lively's magnet program will prepare students for secondary success in their areas of interest and will support them in attending any high school of their choice.
Lively's Distinguished Speaker Series will feature host area attorneys, community advocates, writers, and local experts in the Austin scene to speak with student about what they do, what skills are critical, and what the law says. Magnet students enroll in language arts and social studies courses designed for Magnet students only. These courses are engaging, require outside reading, and move at an accelerated pace. The Magnet program links units and/or concepts between the two courses to provide students a global perspective and give students an excellent civics education that empowers them to create positive change in their community. Magnet electives, while populated primarily by magnet students, are open to all Falcons. Lively magnet students also enjoy challenging math and science classes with comprehensive students in a differentiated instructional environment. Lively is unique in our integration of magnet and comprehensive students which enhances the strength and diversity of our community.
Lively is a school where a "kid can be a kid." Offering a variety of after school clubs, students have the opportunity to make friends from all areas of Austin. After all, in the real world, we all work alongside people from many walks of life. Late buses depart Lively at 5:30 Monday through Friday and serve any student who lives more than three miles from the school. Parents say that Lively provides a comfortable environment where students are free to explore their strengths and discover more about who they are and what they believe in. We are proud to offer a premiere education experience in the heart of South Austin's or SOCO's unique, rich, and diverse setting.
Contact our office:
Magnet Director: Leigh Northcutt-Benson
Magnet Assistant: Jennifer Rodriguez