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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

ApplyTexas Essay Prompts Available

ApplyTexas Essay Prompts A, B and C 
For U.S. Freshman and International Freshman Applications 

Slated to replace current ApplyTexas essay choices A, B and C For inclusion in ApplyTexas applications for the 2017-2018 cycle (Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 - opening 8/1/16)

Essay A:
What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.

Essay B:
Some students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. If you are one of these students , then tell us about yourself.

Essay C:

You've got a ticket in your hand - Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Self-Guided Walking Tours in Austin

These self-guided walking tours are included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Austin Map and Walks" in Google Play. Or retrieve them at

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz | A Tribute to Mexican Women - 4/16/2016

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center

An Arts Festival of live music, exhibitions, films, performances that pay tribute to Mexican women artists, educators, and scientists for their contributions!

Interactive Theater Workshop
3:30 pm in the Auditorium
Explore Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz through interactive theatre in a one time workshop facilitated by experienced Latino performance instructors. Register online or call for more info: 512-974-3785. Free workshop for ages 13 & older.

Gallery Opening: Petro-Poems by Mery Godigna Collet
6 pm in the Community Gallery
As part of the program for our annual event celebrating Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz, the ESB-MACC will be opening the exhibition “Petro-Poems” by Venezuelan artist Mery Godigna Collet. For the last 20 years, Collet has been working with Crude Oil. She uses crude oil and its byproducts as her creative medium. Read more here.

Super Xicana Power Hour 
8 pm in the Auditorium
A live performance conceptualized and performed by artists Marisela Barrera and Jane Madrigal with a focus on cultura, la mujer y la nueva onda for the growing brown demographic. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

College Visits - Make the Most of Them

Visiting college campuses is an important component of learning about the environment and the programs available. These visits can begin as early as middle school and are very important in high school. In order to make the guided tours more than just walking tours, students should prepare for the visits. The College Board provides a useful Checklist for planning and a Score Card for use during the visits. Additional information is available at