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, February 26, 2016

SXSWEdu Education Expo - 3/8/2016

Austin Convention Center
Exhibit Room 4
 Tuesday, March 8
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

The SXSWedu Expo is a free event designed to encourage and inspire learners of all ages to identify and reach their education and career goals.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

African American Community Heritage Festival - 2/27/2016

The African American Community Heritage Festival is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson University, located at 900 Chicon Street in Austin. The event will feature arts, dance and crafts, a health fair, a kid's zone, food and fun for all. Guests will also have an opportunity to listen to a performance by the former lead R&B singer of Shalamar, successful Billboard Chart soloist, Howard Hewett, national recording artist Chris Hayzel and other talented local entertainers.

This is a free community event, presented in partnership with Representative Dawnna Dukes, Huston-Tillotson University, AT&T, the Austin Area Urban League and the City of Austin; with proceeds going to the Huston-Tillotson Scholarship Fund.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Webinar: Setting the Stage for Reading with Babies and Toddlers - 2/25/2016 2-3 p.m. CST

Babies come into the world ready to learn. Children need parents and caregivers to read, write, sing, talk, and play with them every day in order for children to be ready for school and to be ready to learn how to read. This webinar offers a summary of early literacy as it applies to babies and toddlers, and offers suggestions for ways to support early literacy in enjoyable ways while sharing books throughout the day. The target audience for this webinar includes administrators, educators, and caregivers for young children ages birth to 24 months. Registration required.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GABCF Collegiate Scholarship - Due 3/6/2016

The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 6, 2016.

The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation is pleased to reopen the 2016 GABCF Collegiate Scholarship Awards Fund aimed to reward scholastic achievements of minority and need-based students majoring in business and technology, among other fields of study.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Record Your Family History - 2/13/2016

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Carver Museum
Carver Genealogy Center
1165 Angelina St

AustinTX 78702

During the month of February, record your family history at the Carver Museum. RSVP required. Contact Bruce Blackwell at 512.367.9430. A copy of your oral history will be provided to you and the Center.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Introduce a Girl to Engineering - 2/27/16

University of Texas at Austin
12-4 p.m.

Students and their parents or educators are invited to UT for an afternoon of engineering fun. UT’s national award winning Girl Day, presented by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP), gives elementary and middle school students a chance to:
  • explore engineering through Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities and explore engaging demonstrations hosted by volunteers, student organizations, corporate partners and community organizations
  • have fun exploring computer science and all of STEM through hands-on STEM activities and engaging demonstrations hosted by volunteers, student organizations, corporate partners and community organizations in the Girl Day STEM Festival
  • interact with over 100 organizations and over 900 students, faculty and engineers from industry

Monday, February 1, 2016

Why take Advanced Placement (AP)?

It's choice sheet time of year! Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer. Read more at

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