Lamar Middle School, home to one of the district’s middle school Fine Arts academies, provides a robust program for students across Austin in visual arts, dance, band, orchestra, choral music, drama, classical guitar, piano, digital arts and media. As the primary feeder school for McCallum High School, the school is strongly aligned with McCallum’s fine arts programs. Lamar's academic programs are comprehensive and rigorous, and its athletics programs are dynamic. In 2013 and 2014, Lamar Middle School’s Jazz Factory was ranked as the top middle school jazz ensemble in the nation in the Mark of Excellence Recording Competition from The Foundation for Music Education. Jazz Factory has received numerous awards, from competing in Festival Disney in 2014 to being invited to the 69th annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago this year. Lamar celebrates its 60th anniversary during the 2015–16 school year.
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