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 20, 2017

We Are Girls Austin Conference 11/04/17

Join Girls Empowerment Network at We Are Girls Austin
Saturday, 11/042017 at Anderson High School


Apply for an Individual Scholarship for We Are Girls Austin here.

Interested in presenting a workshop at We Are Girls? Apply here.

Questions about We Are Girls Austin? Email

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Brain Health Series: Part 1: Exercise and Your Brain

We all know that exercise is good for our bodies.  But, did you know that exercise is also beneficial for your brain?  Physical aerobic exercise increases blood flow throughout the body including the brain.  As a result, brain cells are better connected and memory and thinking skills improve.

In a study conducted at the University of British Columbia researchers discovered that regular exercise, rigorous enough to increase the heart rate, appears to boost the hippocampus in the brain.  This area of the brain is where verbal memory and learning takes place. 

Other studies have proven that those who exercise are more mentally sharp. These studies have found that students score higher on math and reading comprehension tests after exercising for 20 minutes.  Some studies have found that kids who exercise are happier and have a better positive outlook.  This is because physical activity releases chemicals in the brain that are natural stress combatants.  Thus, physically active kids are better at handling mood swings and their emotions.

In a recent online article published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a panel of experts from the UK, Scandinavia, and North America all agreed that regular physical activity can strengthen brain cells, create more neurons in the brain, and prevent brain tissue loss in older adults.  Further studies have concluded that a daily schedule with more physical activity resulted in students achieving more and having better grades in the classroom.  So, let’s join our kids and increase our physical exercise--it can benefit us all!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Austin Museum Day & Photo Contest 09/17/17

Austin Museum Day is Sunday, September 17, 2017
Enjoy free access to exhibits and activities at Austin-area museums!
Participating Museums:
  • Art. Science. Gallery
  • Austin History Center
  • Austin Nature & Science Center
  • Austin Toy Museum
  • Austin Woman’s Club / Chateau Bellevue
  • Blanton Museum of Art
  • Briscoe Center for American History
  • Brush Square Museums
  • Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
  • Dougherty Arts Center
  • Elisabet Ney Museum
  • German-Texan Heritage Society
  • Harry Ransom Center
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Landmarks
  • LBJ Presidential Library
  • Mexic-Arte Museum
  • Neill-Cochran House Museum
  • Pioneer Farms
  • Save Austin’s Cemeteries
  • Science Mill
  • Sheffield Education Center
  • South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
  • Texas Capitol Visitors Center
  • Texas Dept. of Public Safety Museum & Research Center
  • Texas Historical Commission
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Memorial Museum
  • Texas Military Forces Museum
  • Texas Music Museum
  • Texas State Capitol
  • Texas Wendish Heritage Museum
  • The Contemporary Austin
  • The Williamson Museum
  • Thinkery
  • UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum
  • Waller Creek Conservancy
  • Women & Their Work
AMD Instagram Photo Contest:
Participate in the Austin Museum Day Instagram contest for a chance to win great prizes. The contest is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 17.
To play:
  1. Follow @TxHistComm and @austinmuseums on Instagram
  2. Take a photograph at one of the participating Austin Museum Day institutions
  3. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
  4. Tag the participating institution and #MuseumDay2017
Multiple submissions are allowed. Contest closes at 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 17; submissions posted after 9 p.m.will not be included. A total of 3 winners—1st through 3rd places—will be selected by a panel of judges that include staff from Texas Historical Commission and Austin Museum Partnership. Prizes to be announced. Winners will be announced the week following the contest.
Submitted photos may be re-posted by the Texas Historical Commission and Austin Museum Partnership, and may also be included in future outreach materials from both organizations. Winners of last year’s contest may submit photos, but are not eligible to win this year.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Edison Scavenger Hunt

Questions will be released on September 26th on our social media platforms including: and

You will have two weeks to complete and the answers must be submitted to by 
October 10th.

Contestants may use only Edison Innovation Foundation Social Media Platforms to find answers, i.e.:
A more detailed description of the Rules will be released with the questions on September 26th.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Austin ISD GT Nomination Window for Grades 3-5 Now Open

The GT nomination window is open for grades 3-5(6) 
September 11-22, 2017
Parents, guardians, and teachers can nominate students for the GT assessment process during the corresponding grade-level 2-week GT Nomination Window. 

Click here for the Parent Nomination Form.

Parents complete the Parent Gifted Characteristics Checklist (click on links below) and provide permission in writing for their child to be screened. For more information visit our parent smore at

English version

Spanish version

Arabic version

Vietnamese version

This link will provide you with the contact information for your child's Campus GT Advocate: Austin ISD GT Advocate List (click here).

Equity by Design 10/11/17 Huston-Tillotson 6 p.m.

Panelists discuss the role of equity in the 2017 Austin ISD Bond Package. Learn how equity is shaping the Austin school bond and the future of education in Austin. Community forum presented by East Austin Coalition for Quality Education.

  • Ted Gordon, Austin ISD, School Board Trustee, District 1
  • Peggy Vasquez, Save East Austin Schools
  • Jayme Matthias, Austin ISD, School Board Trustee - District 2
  • Paul Saldana, former Austin ISD, School Board Trustee, District 6
  • Tam Hawkins, President/CEO, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Moderator - Alberta Phillips

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#BUILTBYGIRLS Pitch Competition

About Black Girls CODE
Launched in 2011, Black Girls CODE (BGC) is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer programming and technology to girls from underrepresented communities in technology areas such as web design, robotics, gaming, mobile app development and more.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Austin ISD Back to School Bash, 8/12/2017

Back to School Flyer, English

Back to School Flyer, Spanish

On Aug. 12, Austin ISD, in collaboration with the city of Austin, will host its annual Back to School Bash and Safety Fair from 9 a.m.–noon at the Palmer Events Center. Almost 150 community organizations and district departments will provide information and activities to prepare AISD students for a safe and successful school year.
Austin ISD is also providing free shuttle service at locations throughout the city.

Key services

  • Presentations on safety and educational best practices will help prepare students and parents for the first day of school and beyond.
  • Austin/Central Texas Care Van will provide free vaccinations (families must present student shot records).
  • Free backpacks! Austin ISD students must be present to receive a free backpack filled with school supplies, while supplies last.
For more information, please contact Griselda Rodriguez
at or 512-414-9955.

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

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. Content areas include but are not limited to science, math, history, art, engineering, technology, drama, social studies, economics, and literature. 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