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, April 18, 2017

Free Physics Camp for HS Girls

The Camp specifically targets young women in Austin ISD who have completed Algebra II and will be taking their first Physics course in 2017-18.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Summer Wonders Camp

Summer Wonders located at Ace Academy
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756

Additional information available at and 512-206-4070

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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 24, 2017

Inquiring Minds Summer Camp for Gifted Students

For gifted children entering K-6th grades

Program Overview: Inquiring Minds is a full- or half-day program that allows students an opportunity to explore a variety of subjects in a challenging, in-depth, creative environment via a multidisciplinary, integrative, and hands-on approach. Our classes are high-level, diverse, interactive, fast-paced, innovative, and explorational. Content areas include but are not limited to science, math, history, art, engineering, technology, drama, social studies, economics, and literature. Although classes are academic in nature, our goal is for students to have fun with learning, use critical thinking and effect discovery. Being with other like-leveled students can provide a life-changing experience because it confirms for the child that there are others like themselves. 

Additional Information AND Online Registration available at

Monday, March 20, 2017

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ExploreUT - 3/04/2017

This event invites Texans of all ages to experience robust research experiences, hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and participate in the richness of the university's scholarship and knowledge. Explore UT seeks to broaden the horizons of students, and help parents and teachers encourage the excitement of learning and discovery.

Friday, February 3, 2017

U.S. Institute of Peace HS Essay Contest - Due 3/15/17

U.S. Institute of Peace HS Essay Contest - Due 3/15/17

According to the United Nations, 65 million people worldwide have left their homes to seek safety elsewhere due to violence, conflict, persecution, or human rights violations. The majority of these people are refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Imagine you are a member of the U.S. Foreign Service —– a diplomat working to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad —– and are now assigned to a post in one of these four countries: Turkey, Kenya, Afghanistan, Iraq.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

K-12 Scholarships for Summer Enrichment and College - Due 2/24/17

The 2017 Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) scholarship application period is open until February 24; all applicants will be notified of their status electronically on April 15. Details available at technical issues, application questions or to receive a Summer Scholarship application in Spanish, please contact Justin Ables at 512.499.8248 or
Summer Enrichment Scholarships
Awarded to identified gifted students grades K- 12, who are currently participating in a gifted program and who want to enrich their learning experience during the summer months. The maximum summer scholarship award is $400. Students may use these scholarships to attend programs with an academic, fine arts, or performing arts focus. 

Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship
A $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating GT high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, possesses a strong sense of purpose and clearly defined goals, and has a long-term plan for achieving these goals.

Adelle McClendon Young Leader Scholarship
A $2500 scholarship awarded to a graduating GT high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.

TAGT/SMI Scholarships
Attend the Summer Mathematics Institute (SMI), a 3-week residential program with an intense focus on mathematics. Sponsored by the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas.

Friday, January 27, 2017



TEDxYouth@Austin is organized and produced by a dedicated team of youth leaders with key oversight from experienced adult mentors. Unlike most other youth events, TEDxYouth@Austin brings together students from all demographics in a non-competitive atmosphere. Our event is both one of the first and largest TEDxYouth events in the world, and we continue to grow each year. Attendance to TEDxYouth@Austin is completely free, and in exhange, our attendees commit to 4 hours of community service. We believe that our event has the ability to change the way today's youth- the leaders of tomorrow- engage with the world around them.  
For more information, go to:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Why take Advanced Placement Courses?

Monday, January 23, 2017

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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Friday, January 20, 2017

UNCF STEM Scholarship for HS Seniors - Due 2/23/2017

Tiered tuition scholarships up to a total of $25,000
  • $2,500—freshmen and sophomores academic years
  • $5,000—juniors and seniors academic years
  • An additional $5,000—fifth-year students
  • A $5,000 internship stipend for a STEM-related project
Career-development support:

  • Mentoring, training and education
  • Access to entrepreneurial training in launching new tech ventures through a competitive venture accelerator program.
Apply online: Deadline: February 23, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

General Eligibility: African American; 3.0 GPA; high school senior entering U.S.-accredited college or university Fall 2017; demonstrated unmet or financial need; U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident