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.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program

Learn how to become a competitive scholarship applicant at the

GMS Educational Workshop
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 6:30pm
Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Early College High School
7309 Lazy Creek Drive
Austin, TX 78724

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program was established in 1999 by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to UNCF—the United Negro College Fund—the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. The goal of GMS is to educate “Leaders for America’s Future”™ by providing eligible students with the opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in the discipline of their choice and continue through to a doctoral degree in seven GMS funded fields.

  • Who Should Attend? Students in grades 8 –12 who are:African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American; and
  • 10th graders who have a GPA of 2.8 or above, 11th graders who have a GPA of 3.0 or above, and 12th graders who have a GPA of 3.3 or above, all on a 4.0 unweighted scale, and those who have earned a GED. (8th and 9th graders and GED recipients have no GPA requirement to attend.)
  • Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to attend!

*Once you complete and submit your registration, click “GMS Educational Workshop - Austin, TX” to sign up for the event.

Explore Community Resources

Davidson Gifted DatabaseThe Pivotal Role of Parents in Expanding the World of Young Gifted Children (click here) is an article that provides suggestions on how parents can help young gifted students learn and grow through a variety of options in their local communities.

Monday, November 12, 2012

TAGT 2012 Parent Conference

More information at


Connect, learn and grow with other G/T parents & advocates at the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT). Sessions focus on the special nature and needs of gifted children, organizing and advocating within the community, and parenting/family strategies.
The conference will be held November 30, 2012 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel & Convention Center at 400 North Olive Street in Downtown Dallas. Registration is $55 for members, $80 for nonmembers.

·         Register Online or with the PDF Form
·         Print and distribute the PDF Flyer
·         Interested in advertising or sponsoring? Click here for the prospectus.

If you are travelling need to stay Thursday or Friday nights, TAGT has arranged a special room rate of $139/night. Make your reservations online or call (214) 922-8000. Remember to mention the TAGT Annual Conference.