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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Carver Museum Hosts Annual Black History Month Banner Program

George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center

1165 Angelina Street   Austin, Texas 78702  512-974-4926

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Breakthrough Austin Accepting Applications for Summer 2013

Breakthrough Austin, a tuition-free education program that strives to create first generation college graduates, is now accepting applications for new students. Each year the organization admits 60 high potential, low income, sixth graders and makes a commitment to help them get to and succeed in college. Rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders attend a rigorous, six-week academic summer program at The University of Texas at Austin.

During the school year, students attend Saturday workshops, receive individualized academic support and attend after school tutoring at the Breakthrough office. During their 8th grade year, Breakthrough helps students apply to rigorous public and private high schools in Austin. All Breakthrough programs are free to accepted students.
Breakthrough seeks highly motivated students to participate in three six-week summer programs before 7th, 8th and 9th grade. For students who attend school in Austin ISD, the application deadline is February 1, 2013.

Dates for 2013 Breakthrough Program for Middle School Students:

Summer Program: June 24 – August 2

Celebration: Saturday: August 3 (family and friends invited!)
School Year Program: 6 Saturday events, 3 parent meetings and ongoing homework help

To see if your child is a good candidate and to apply for Breakthrough, download the application on their How to Apply page. For more information on Breakthrough, visit their website.

Carver Museum Hosts Lunch with The Lion King Cast Members

George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Austin ISD GT Parent Lecture Series

“Nurturing the Gifted Child”
January 29, 2013
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Covington Middle School
3700 Convict Hill Rd.
Austin, Texas 78749

For more information contact Debi Torres at 512-414-0155.

TAGT Summer Scholarships

TAGT awards scholarships to "identified" gifted students to enrich their learning experience during the summer months. Applications due March 1st.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Guiding the Gifted" series now online

Advanced Academic Services introduces the "Guiding the Gifted" series on the web.  These one- to two-page articles explore multiple topics on the social, emotional, and academic needs of gifted children.

View the bookshelf on the Parent Corner of the Gifted & Talented/Advanced Academic Services webpage and here on the Advanced Academics Update blog (below).

Monday, January 7, 2013

Call for Elementary GT Nominations

The Austin Independent School District’s Department of Advanced Academic Services is pleased to announce that nominations for gifted and talented students in grades K-5 are being accepted during the month of January. Interested parents and guardians should contact their school’s GT Advocate for campus deadline and assistance with completing the nomination process. Campus GT Advocates are listed at GT screening and testing requires parent/guardian permission by the campus deadline. A variety of measures are used for screening and testing including assessments for bilingual students. For more information about the AISD gifted program, please visit the AISD web site at or call 414-9986.

El Departamento de Servicios Académicos Avanzados del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Austin (AISD) se complace en anunciar que se están aceptando nominaciones de estudiantes de primaria (los grados K-5) para el Programa de Dotados y Talentosos (GT) y se aceptarán durante enero. Los padres de familia y custodios que estén interesados deben comunicarse con el representante del programa de la escuela para informarse de la fecha límite de entrega de solicitudes o para recibir ayuda con el proceso de nominaciones. Hay una lista de los representantes del Programa GT en Para llevar a cabo las evaluaciones del programa, se exige el permiso de los padres o custodios antes de la fecha límite de la escuela. Se utilizan una variedad de medidas para evaluar a los estudiantes, entre ellas evaluaciones para estudiantes bilingües. Para más información sobre el Programa de Dotados y Talentosos de AISD, visite la página electrónica del distrito en o llame al 414-0155.

2013 Safer Texas Public Service Announcement Contest

One of the goals of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is to empower young people to make smart decisions while online or in the real world.  In 2013, the Texas Regional Office will be holding the first ever Safer Texas Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest for Texas high school students.  The contest is open to Texas high school students, ages 14 to 18, who wish to make our state a safer place.

2013 Theme:  “Communication is Key”

PSAs should use the theme to encourage parents, guardians, and other trusted adults to take time to talk to the children in their lives about safety.
  • Entries should focus on specific safety topics such as going to and from school, summer safety, or online safety as well as sticking to an overall look at why communication is a key component to keeping children safe. 
  • Entries should be age appropriate for elementary, middle, and/or high school age students.
Possible questions to answer:  Why is it important to talk to children about safety? What are questions parents should ask their children?  How can teens talk to each other about safety? How can teens help middle and elementary students learn about safety?

Entries should be 28 seconds in length including credits.  Please download the “Guidelines for Entry” at to learn all official rules for the 2013 Safer Texas PSA Contest. Winning PSAs will be featured on NCMEC websites.  Prizes range from a $100 gift card (third place) to a $500 gift card (first place). Please direct questions to Shannon Posern, Program Manager, at (512) 465-2156 or SPosern@NCMEC.ORG.

Paying for College Day - January 10th

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