Thank you for your interest in the Lively Magnet Program for Law, Humanities and Global Studies.
The Lively Magnet Program is an advanced academic program with limited enrollment. Our program, consisting of over five hundred magnet students from all around the Austin area, is part of almost a 136 year old tradition. Authorized by the Austin Independent School District's school board in 2001, Lively's Law and Humanities Magnet for Global Studies is one of the most unique programs in Austin. Enrollment includes over 50% identified Gifted and Talented students. Lively's Magnet Program offers personalization for students and a variety of elective choices 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. Lively's programming will prepare students for secondary success in their areas of interest and will support them in attending any high school of their choice.
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Magnet Strand Electives
The three distinctive strands in law, humanities, and global studies form the basis for our electives in areas for which Lively is well-known. Magnet students enroll in law courses such as:
- Introduction to Law
- Criminal and Constitutional Law
- Forensic Science & Law
- Mock Trial
- Model UN
- Introduction to Humanities
- Heroes & Monsters
- Social Movements in the Arts
- Digital Newspaper
- Blank Page Creative Writing
- ...and so much more!
- Latin American Studies
- World Mythology & Beliefs
- Podcast Project
- in addition to more.
Magnet students are asked to participate in at least 10 hours of service to their communities per year. Our 8th grade students participate in our unique Capstone Project, which is a problem-based learning project where students choose their topic. These activities build a sense of civic responsibility, engage students in the Lively community, and support students in building strong resumes. Lively Magnet students also participate in summer reading projects that intertwine the history and reading themes they will study the following year.
After School Clubs
Lively offers a variety of after school clubs where students have the opportunity to make friends from all over Austin. Free late buses depart from Lively at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday so that Magnet students can participate in all after school activities. AISD provides bus transportation for any student accepted to Lively Magnet who lives within AISD boundaries.
What makes Lively special?
Parents say that Lively provides a comfortable, diverse environment where students are free to explore their strengths and discover more about who they are and in what they believe.
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