Why Caldwell Arts Academy?

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Developing the Exceptional Artist from Within

Widely regarded as East Texas' leading drama, music, and dance magnet school. We're a tuition-free Tyler ISD school with one campus offering elementary grades K-5 and middle school grades 6-8.

The good news for you and your child is that you don't have to live in the Tyler ISD district to apply and be accepted. You just have to complete a simple form and schedule your child's audition.

We Do School Different

Art isn't just singing and dancing or coloring pretty pictures. Art is incorporated into every aspect at Caldwell.

What Makes Caldwell Unique

There is no other school in East Texas that offers what Caldwell does.


Caldwell Culture

We have a phenomenal culture that spans from the staff to the students. The culture creates a standard of innovation and creativity.

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Passion-Based Learning

Teachers identify students’ passions and use those to stimulate their interest and engagement in the curriculum.


Only Pre-AP Classes

Our classes are all Pre-AP, no matter the course. Academics should always try to exceed expectations.

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Art-Centered K-8

Our small supportive atmosphere helps each student achieve success academically and artistically.

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We Embrace Individuality

We do not expect every student to fit a certain mold. Students are welcomed as they are, and are challenged to grow academically, artistically, emotionally, and socially. 

We identify student strengths and encourage them to use those strengths in learning. For example, if a student is passionate about drawing, they can use that skill in the classroom in many ways like creative note-taking and artistic presentations.

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Still Undecided? These Students Give You an Inside View

(3-minute videos)


Jabryn and Jackson tell us about their experience when they joined the Caldwell community.


Wyatt talks about how he is able to bring his outside passions into the classroom through art integration.


Kiana shares how she only spoke to one friend at her old campus and now performs in front of hundreds.

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What do Our Parents & Students Have to Say?



Caldwell is the hidden gem of Tyler. You would be shocked at the things your child is doing within this school. The art curriculum has made my child officially LOVE going to school.




I love Caldwell because there is a bunch of fun things to do. We have art and drama, dance, and music. The teachers teach us so many fun things, like puppets and clay. I also love reading because we read so many good books!





Caldwell Arts Academy is the only public school in East Texas centered around the arts. It has helped build and shape the character of our children. It is more than just a school, it’s truly like a family.

Travis and Sharilyn Sutphen  


Ready for the next step?

We are excited that you are interested in joining Caldwell Arts Academy. We encourage families to schedule an in-person tour to see the great things happening on campus.

Auditions are required, but it's simple. Ready to get started?

Have Questions?

Our admissions team is here to help answer any questions you may have.

Just email us at caldwellmagnet@tylerisd.org or call one of our team below.

Katy Lee

Katy Lee

Dean of Students

Have audition questions? I'm here.


Leah Philley

Leah Philley


Questions about tours? Ask me.


Rocio Ocana


I can help you with applications.


Listen to Podcast?

Principal Bobby Markle talks about all things Caldwell on Talks with Tyler ISD.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

The Caldwell Experience

We would rather under-promise and over deliver, and we have made some pretty BIG promises. Our school experience is unlike any other.

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