MAC UP Magnet Program

Start your teaching career before graduating!

NEISD has partnered with UTSA to bring you the MAC UP Magnet Program. MAC UP is a unique magnet program for students interested in becoming educators. MAC UP will provide a high-quality educational program that will identify and train the next generation of educators through a university preparatory program. Through MAC UP, we will open the doors for an educational environment that is innovative, research-oriented, and which pioneers the integration of High School and University.

What is a Magnet Program?

  • Magnet programs at NEISD are dynamic and rewarding pathways to college, trade schools, or in-demand careers.
  • We provide programs that give students a clear advantage after graduation.
  • Through the Career Technical Education (CTE) department, NEISD is able to offer courses on our middle and high school campuses—giving students the chance to maintain friendships and mentorships at their home campus.
  • Each year CTE courses are able to provide students the opportunity to earn industry-based certifications and credit at little to no cost.

Through our partnership with UTSA, MAC UP is able to give students the ability to:

  • Graduate from the MAC UP magnet Program with up to 58* college credit hours
  • Fuel their passion for a career in education
  • Save up to 93% of college tuition costs with our unique dual enrollment courses that earn you college credit while still at the high school level
  • Free transportation from their home campus to MacArthur High School and UTSA

How Much Does It Cost?

You pay a one-time UTSA application fee of $60. (Students are simultaneously earn credit for the same course for high school and college at the same time!)

As a junior and senior you pay $200** per semester or $800 over the course of two years. (The average annual in-state college tuition in Texas was $10,584 for the 2017-2018 academic year.)

$860: Total cost for the MAC UP Magnet Program and up to 58* college credit hours.

(*depends on your course selections)
(**this drops to $100 if you qualify for free/reduced lunch)

  • How does MAC UP work?

    As an underclassman:

    Complete the North East ISD online Magnet application and await acceptance.

    As a freshman and sophomore, you'll take traditional high school courses and a MAC UP course that prepares you for college courses in 11th and 12th grade.

    As an upperclassman:

    As a junior and senior, you will be both a MacArthur High School student and a student at UTSA.

    You'll catch a school bus at MacArthur that transports you to UTSA-Downtown where college professors provide you with an additional 24 college credit hours.


    At your high school graduation ceremony, you will walk the stage as an enrolled UTSA student with up to 58* credit hours towards a university degree in education.