Advanced Academic Services

In the McAllen Independent School District the Advanced Academic Services Department provides direction and leadership to the K-12 Advanced Academics Program. Advanced Academic programs include the Gifted and Talented Program for gifted and talented identified students and services for advanced learners.

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Gifted and Talented Program:

  • Ensures compliance with state and local mandates.

  • Identifies children who need gifted services and high achievers for inclusion in the GT classroom.

  • Is responsible for the program design.

  • Promotes curriculum differentiation for GT and Advanced students.

  • Provides staff development for GT Program teachers.

  • Keeps informed about current legislation, educational developments, literature and research in Gifted Education.

  • Works cooperatively with parents and community members to ensure understanding and support of gifted education.

Services and Programs for Gifted and Advanced Learners:

  • Advanced Placement and AP Capstone Program at all High Schools

  • Advanced Placement Program Graduate

  • Achieve Early College High School at Lincoln 

  • Elementary Gifted and Talented Program

  • Elementary IB/GT  Programme at Francisca Alvarez, Dr. Pablo Perez and Theodore Roosevelt Elementaries

  • Middle School IB/GT Programme at Alonzo DeLeon Middle School

  • Middle School Pre-Advanced Placement Strategies in all middle schools

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme/GT at Lamar Academy

  • College Concurrent Enrollment and Dual Enrollment at all High Schools

  • Credit by Exam for Acceleration

  • House Bill 5 Endorsements

  • Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) for 4th, 5th and 7th grade students (Duke has discontinued 2020-2021)

  • PSAT Testing in 8th, 10th and 11th grade

  • SAT Testing for 11th grade

  • Independent Investigations class projects and Texas Performance Standards Project

  • Rice University  partnership with the TAPIA  STEM Camp for Math, Science, Computer Science (Discontinued until further notice)

  • UTRGV TEXPrep Engineering Camp

  • Academic UIL/ Chess Club/Robotics/Community Service/Programming and Microsociety schools.