Advanced Academic Services is part of the Austin Independent School District. This blog provides information, activities, and events regarding advanced academics and high ability children and teens. Smart without compromise. Potential without limits.

Friday, September 28, 2012

PSAT Registration Information

The PSAT/NMSQT will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. There are no Saturday test administrations in Austin ISD. Please contact your child's campus with questions. If your child is a home school student or a private school student, please contact the Austin ISD Guidance and Counseling Department at 414-0174.

Private School and Home-Schooled Students Click Here

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills
Common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
  • Receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study.
  • See how performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges by checking "yes" to Student Search Service.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival This Friday

Join the Summit Elementary community for an evening of fun in celebration of Vietnamese tradition!
Summit Elementary School
12207 Brigadoon Ln.
Austin, TX 78727

TAGT Award Winners from Austin ISD

Congratulations to two of Austin ISD's leaders in the education of and advocacy for gifted students. Dennis Harms, Assistant Principal at Anderson HS, has been awarded the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Hill Country Area Administrator of the Gifted Award; Janae McClure, Kealing Middle School parent, has been awarded the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Hill Country Area Parent of the Gifted Award. The Hill Country Area consists of Education Service Center regions 6, 12, 13, and 20.  Both of these individuals have received recognition for contributing time and effort in support of the education of gifted children and encouraging shared leadership and participation among administrators, professionals, community leaders, and parents.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Find "all things gifted" at our Symbaloo!

Find everything you're looking for in one place!  Use our Advanced Academics Symbaloo bookmark tool for quick links to contact information, resource sites, articles and research on gifted education and advanced academic programming in Austin ISD and across the globe.

Our Symbaloo is always available right here at the bottom of our blog.  Scroll down and see what we've found for you.

Check out for more information on using Symbaloo or creating one for yourself.

Monday, September 17, 2012

AISD Campus GT Advocates

Did you  know that each AISD school has a GT Advocate?

The GT Advocate is the liaison between the campus and Advanced Academic Services in the AISD and is appointed by the principal each school year.

Contact your campus GT Advocate if you have specific questions regarding GT services, GT identification and assessment, or other GT options available at your child's school.

A complete list of GT Advocates at each campus is posted on the Advanced Academic Services Gifted and Talented website at:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Austin Museum Day

Mark your calendar! The next Austin Museum Day is Sunday, September 23, 2012! The day features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites.
For a complete list of activities click here.  For a printed insert, grab a copy of the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday, September 20.   AND on Museum Day, tweet about your visits and tag pictures with #AMD2012 and join the conversation!

Women in Science Event

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

4800 La Crosse Avenue
Austin Museum Day 2011 at the Wildflower Center
FREE Admission, Extended Hours
Sunday, September 23, 9 to 5 p.m.
Join the Wildflower Center for our annual Women in Science program, which encourages and inspires young women (and boys) to pursue science careers. Participants will be able to talk to biologists, horticulturists, astronomers, engineers, marine biologists and other women scientists from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Visitors Gallery. Also enjoy seed planting demos outdoors at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Docent led garden tours occur at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and there will be special discounts in the Store. Join author Cherie Colburn and illustrator Joy Fisher Hein to create a plantable bookmark based on their new children's book, BLOOMIN' TALES in the Little House, and learn about plant names there from 11 a.m. till noon. This activity is for children of all ages. Colburn and Hein will also sign their book from 1 to 4 p.m. in the store, and Tula Hats representatives will be on hand there in the afternoon.
 Women in Science - Austin Museum Day

Women in Science Exhibit

In the Visitors Gallery
2 to 4 p.m.

Are you interested in science? View informative and interactive exhibits, meet interesting women scientists and explore the world of science professions.
Come meet women scientists and talk one-on-one. Astronomers, biologists, ecologists, mathematicians, chemists and engineers will answer your questions and tell you all about their careers at their fun activity table.
If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, please contact the Education Manager at