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, September 25, 2013

Photography-themed open house at the Harry Ransom Center - 9/28

Photo by Pete SmithHarry Ransom Center
21st and Guadalupe

Enjoy a day of photography at this Harry Ransom Center open house on Saturday, September 28, from noon to 5 p.m.

Activities include docent-led “jet-setter” tours of the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age, gallery activities, and mini-tours of the conservation department. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to learn how staff of the Ransom Center conserve photographs.

Commemorate your visit by posing in a photo booth inspired by the golden age of travel.
On the plaza, enjoy the music of the 1950s and 1960s music with GirlFriend and complimentary Maine Root sodas and KIND bars. Food trailers including mmmpanadas will have snacks and treats available for purchase.

The first 100 guests will receive a gift bag, thanks in part to Austinuts, Tommy’s Salsa, Dr. Kracker, Texas Olive Ranch, and more. Members, show your membership card at the visitor desk to receive a Ransom Center button and a complimentary set of Magnum postcards!

The Ransom Center’s pop-up store will feature a sale on merchandise, including glass water bottles inspired by the Center’s windows, Magnum-inspired t-shirts, postcards, and publications. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a prize package including signed books.

Special thanks to these sponsors and participants: Texas Olive Ranch, Dr. Kracker, Tommy’s Salsa, Austinuts, KIND bars, and Maine Root Soda.

The event is free and open to the public.

Image: Photo by Pete Smith.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Saturday Wonders - Classes for Gifted Children

Saturday Wonders exclusively serves low- and middle-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford enrichment programming.

• Unique, multi-disciplinary, creative curriculum designed by gifted-experienced teachers
• Small classes, individual attention for all students
• Hands-on, stimulating, innovative classes
• Student evaluations of impact and learning conducted at conclusion of sessions
• Classes conducted in English
• Held at Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, TX 78702
• Open for students ages 8-10 (as of January 1, 2013)
•  Fall (9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2,11/16) semester from 9 AM–2:30 PM
• Lunch included

• Online or paper registration available in English or Spanish
• First class is free
• Cost: Sliding scale starting at $30 per semester (based on need)

• Admissions ongoing until classes are full (limited to 75 students)

For more information 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Austin Museum Day 9/22/2013 - Free

Austin Museum Day is Sunday, September 22, 2013! 
Since 1998, the Austin Museum Partnership has hosted Austin Museum Day – a free, city-wide rediscovery of Austin museums.   Austin Museum Day, held on the penultimate Sunday of the month of September, is AMP’s premier event and represents a critical part of the vibrant cultural history of Central Texas.  It provides families with a unique opportunity to access the dynamic museum community including local exhibits and activities at over 40 participating institutions at no charge!

Plan and enjoy Austin Museum Day 2013 on the go with the official Mobile Guide. Access the full list of participating museums or narrow down your options based on your interests — all from your mobile phone.

More information available at

Monday, September 16, 2013

Austin ISD Advanced Academics New Website

Austin ISD Advanced Academics website pages have moved to a new location. Please be patient as we transition and upload the content that you rely on at our site over the next few weeks. For your convenience the main page and the Parent Corner links are provided below.

New pages are located at

Parent Corner is located at

Friday, September 13, 2013

Save the Date: GT Games Day

GT Elementary Student Games Day
& Parent Networking Event

Saturday, October 19, 2013
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Baker Center Cafeteria
3908 Avenue B
Austin, TX 78751

Kids, bring your favorite board game or card game
and join other GT students in having some fun!

Parents, spend time networking with other GT parents.  If you can, bring your laptop or tablet so you can explore Austin ISD GT resources.

Free.  No registration required.
                                                 Call 512-414-0155 for information.

Guardar La Fecha

Austin Independent School District

Departamento de Advanced Academic Services

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Día de juegos para estudiantes de Primaria Superdotados y Talentosos (GT) y Sesión de red matriz para padres

Sabado, 19 de Octubre, 2013

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Baker Center Cafeteria

3908 Avenue B

Austin, TX 78751

Los niños, llevar su favorito juego de mesa o juego de cartas y unirse a otros GT estudiantes para divertirse!

Los padres, pasar tiempo con otros GT padres. Si se puede, llevar su equipo portátil para que usted pueda explorar GT recursos de AISD.

No requiere inscripción. Entrada gratis.
                                        Para más detalles, comuníquese al 414-0155.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Parent Education and GT Elementary Student Enrichment Event

“People and Power: Making the Connection”
3rd Annual GT Parent Education and GT Elementary Student Enrichment Event
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Doors open 8:45 a.m.
9:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Travis High School
Free. No registration required.
Concurrent sessions allow parents and students to explore interests.

Advanced Academic Services
Austin Independent School District
For more details contact 414-9986.

Call for GT Nominations

Parents, Guardians, and Teachers may nominate students for Austin ISD's Gifted and Talented Program by September 20, 2013.

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-12 are being accepted during the month of September. Interested parents and guardians should contact their school’s GT Advocate for campus deadline and assistance with completing the nomination process. 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 512-414-9986.

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-12) para el Programa de Dotados y Talentosos (GT) y se aceptarán durante septiembre. 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. 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 512-414-0155.