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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Youth Fiction Writing Contest - Due 7/01/2016

Middle and high school Texas students may submit original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length. The submissions are judged by Texas Book Festival authors, local educators, and leaders in the publishing industry. Each year the Texas Book Festival provides a unique theme, this year that theme is Note to Self. Three divisions: grades 7-8; 9-10; and 11-12.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Austin ISD GT Games Day

Elementary gifted students, 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.

Saturday, April 9
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Baker Center Cafeteria
3908 Avenue B
Austin TX 78751

Open to the first 75 students who are registered at:

Print your EventBrite ticket and bring to the event to be eligible for door prizes.
Call 512-414-0155 for more information.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Contest - Due 4/4/2016

Do you have a child in the age range of 8-12? Help him or her submit a recipe that supports the MyPlate nutrition guidelines for a chance to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" with Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C. More information at PBS Parents. Recipes are encouraged to include foods grown, produced, or representative of your state, territory, or community. Click to see MyPlate, MyState for Texas.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Taking the AP Exam

Sure, succeeding on an AP Exam is mostly about working hard in your AP class, but it also involves knowing what to expect on exam day. Learn everything you need to know about taking the exams, from signing up to showing up.

Spot illustration for Taking the Exams - About the Exams item - paper with AP logo emblazoned on it

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Zilker Trek Multimedia Scavenger Hunt

Check out the Zilker Trek, a self-guided, multimedia tour of Zilker Park. Using free content from, trek the park and create a nature journal and a natural sculpture.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Contest to Meet Michelle Obama - Due 3/14/2016

All Austin ISD seniors are eligible to win a chance to see Michelle Obama by completing FAFSA by 5 pm March 14.  To be eligible to win, students must:

1. File FAFSA no later than 5 PM Central Time on Monday, March 14th.
3. Paste the Tweet below to their personal Twitter account:
o   I filed my FAFSA, have you? File by 3/14 to meet @FLOTUS during #SXSW! @austinchamber @ReachHigherATX contest here:
If selected, student winners must scan and submit their FAFSA confirmation page to Andrew Feller at

Eligible school districts include: Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Elgin ISD, Hays CISD, Hutto ISD, Leander ISD, Lockhart ISD, Manor ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Round Rock ISD, KIPP Austin Public Schools, Harmony Public Schools, and NYOS