• Adv AcadAdvanced Academics, Advanced Placement, & International Baccalaureate

    612 E. Bethany Drive, Allen, TX 75002
    972-236-0614 phone
    972-727-0434 fax

    Kelsey Karcher - Advanced Academics Coordinator - Email
    Rebekah Griffin - Department Assistant - Email 
    Submit Inquiries to advancedacademics@allenisd.org
    What's New in Advanced Academics
    This year’s middle school advanced academics information meeting took place Thursday,February 4, 2021 via Zoom webinar.  If you were not able to attend the meeting, or if you'd like to review the presentation matierals, please visit the links below:
    2021 middle school advanced academics meeting FAQs (coming soon)

    Beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year, Allen ISD will replace “Pre-AP/Pre-IB” with “Advanced” in all courses currently carrying the Pre-AP naming convention.  This will affect courses for grades 6-12 at all Allen ISD campuses.  This change is due to a new College Board policy, which requires districts to purchase their newly created “Official Pre-AP” curriculum to use the Pre-AP nomenclature in course titles.  Allen ISD will not be purchasing this new curriculum.  Please be assured all newly-named Advanced courses will continue to be taught at a high level of rigor utilizing the district-designed curriculum currently in place.  Advanced courses in grades 9-12 will still carry a 4.5 GPA weight.   


    The district will continue to offer the full spectrum of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses it currently does.  AP course names and content are dictated by the College Board, so changing the name of Pre-AP courses to Advanced courses will not affect AP course offerings.  Similarly, IB courses will not be affected by this change as the International Baccalaureate Organization does not use the term “Pre-IB” in its course naming conventions.

    Updates to the course names will be reflected in the 2021-2022 Academic Planning Guide and course selection forms.  For more information, please see the Pre-AP Name Change FAQs document.
    Incoming 7th Grade Students 2021-2022 

    English 7 Advanced, Social Studies 7 Advanced, and Science 7 Advanced, all formerly known as Pre-AP/IB classes, are open enrollment courses.  Students may self-select these options when making their schedule. 


    Students must qualify for enrollment in Math 7 Advanced (formerly Math 7 Pre-AP/IB). 

    In late Spring, all current 6th grade students are evaluated to qualify for placement in Math 7 Advanced.  There is no need to request evaluation or submit additional data.  In this first evaluation, a student may qualify by meeting at least two of these three district criteria for placement: 

    • 5th grade math simulation exam masters level score
    • first-semester 6th-grade math grade of 90% or higher
    • 6th grade MAP middle of year (MOY) exam masters level score


    Students qualifying at this interval are placed in Math 7 Advanced.  This will be reflected in the student’s course selection preview through Skyward in May.

    For the 2021-2022 school year, any student who did not meet the initial qualifications for Math 7 Advanced will be re-evaluated during the summer using the additional criteria of the 6th grade Math STAAR score and the course grade for the second semester of 6th grade math. There is no need to request evaluation or submit additional data.  In this second evaluation, a student typically qualifies by meeting at least two of the four district criteria for placement:

    • 5th grade math simulation exam masters level score
    • 6th grade MAP middle of year (MOY) masters level score
    • 6th grade math STAAR masters level score
    • 90% or higher in the first and/or second semester of 6th grade math 

    Students qualifying for Math 7 Advanced based on this evaluation are placed in Math 7 Advanced.  This will be reflected in the student’s course schedule through Skyward in August.


    8th Incoming Students 2021-2022

    English 8 Advanced, Social Studies 8 Advanced, and Science Pre 8 Advanced, all formerly known as Pre-AP/IB classes, are open enrollment courses.  Students may self-select these options when making their schedule.
     All current Math 7 PreAP/IB students who complete the course will be eligible for Algebra I Advanced for the 2021-2022 school year.
    All current Math 7 students will be evaluated for qualification for Math 8 boot camp during the summer of 2021.  Students who qualify for Math 8 boot camp have the opportunity to attend the boot camp and potentially test to earn Credit by Examination (CBE) for Math 8.  If students qualify for boot camp and are successful on the CBE, they may enroll in Algebra I for their 8th grade year.  Parents do not need to make a request or submit additional data.  The district will assess all Math 7 students to identify those who meet qualification criteria for participation in Math 8 boot camp.  Parents of students who qualify for participation in Math 8 boot camp will be notified in late spring.  To qualify, students must typically meet two of the three followoing criteria:
    • score at the masters level on 6th grade math simulation (2019-2020 school year, pre-COVID)
    • grade of 90% or higher in the first semester of Math 7
    • score at the masters level on the 7th grade math MAP middle of year (MOY) STAAR Projection


    LOTE (Language other than English) qualifications: 
    Students must have an 85 semester average in both English 7 and Math 7 for placement.  Students who did not qualify based upon first semester averages may request a re-evaluation to the campus counselor's office with the final average by the close of the school year. 

    Incoming 7th students who did NOT initially qualify for Math 7 PreAP will be reviewed for re-evaluation at the close of school.  Placement will be noted on the student's schedule available in August during back to school week. 
    Incoming 8th students who requested a re-evaluation for Foreign Language will be reviewed for re-evaluation after the close of school.  Placement will be noted on the student's schedule available in August during back to school week. 

    Advanced Academics Standards and Expectations

    • Advanced Academics courses are more rigorous than regular classes. Students will encounter more challenging schoolwork.
    • Students are encouraged to be self-motivated learners to be successful in Advanced Academic courses.
    • A strong student/teacher working relationship paves the way for success in an Advanced Academics course.
    • Strong creative and critical thinking skills will aid in Advanced Academic course success.
    • Advanced Academic courses may require independent research.
    • Time management is imperative to be prepared for course assignments.
    • Self-initiated tutoring is strongly recommended.
    • The goal of Pre-AP courses is to ready students for AP and IB (International Baccalaureate) course work as well
      as sitting for AP and IB exams in high school.


    Elementary School Advanced Academics

    The advanced math sequence begins in 6th grade. The name of the course is Math 6 Advanced to reflect alignment with secondary coursework and programming. Math 6 Advanced is designed to allow students to explore grade-level TEKS and coursework at a deeper level and prepare for advanced math at the secondary level.  While this course is not accelerated, it does provide options for differentiation of the 6th grade math curriculum that fosters more depth and complexity and better aligns with secondary Advanced coursework.
    All 5th grade students are evaluated for qualification for Math 6 Advanced.  For the 2021-2022 school year, qualification criteria will be adjusted as current 5th graders/rising 6th graders will not have a 4th grade STAAR math score.  Once the new criteria are detmermined, they will be shared here.

    Families of students who qualify for Math 6 Advanced are notified at the beginning of August.  Qualification for Math 6 Advanced does not guarantee, nor does it eliminate the possibility of, qualification for Math 7 Advanced.  If a student does not qualify for Math 6 Advanced, they will be re-evaluated in the spring of their 6th grade year to determine if they qualify for Math 7 Advanced.
    Middle School Advanced Academics

    Allen ISD offers PreAP courses in math, English, science, and social studies at the middle school level. All courses except math are open enrollment.  The open enrollment courses follow the same Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills to a greater depth and complexity.
    Math 7 Pre-AP/IB and Algebra I Pre-AP/IB qualifications are stated above. 
    LOTE (Language other than English) for 8th-grade students stated above.
    Algebra I Pre-AP/IB is considered a high school credit course. 
    If you have any questions please contact the Advanced Academics department at 972-727-0332 or advancedacademics@allenisd.org
    Duke Tip


    In October 2020, Duke TIP made the difficult decision to suspend its longstanding programs and services through spring 2021.  To see the full message from the organization's Executive Vice Provost, please go to https://tip.duke.edu/message  


    As part of the College Board College and Career Pathway, AISD administers PSAT each fall to all ninth, tenth, and eleventh-grade students.  All current ninth, tenth, and eleventh-grade students will participate in PSAT on  Oct. 16, 2019.

    The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is an important first step towards college. Test results and their accompanying analysis are valuable tools that can help prepare students for the SAT® and education opportunities beyond high school.

    Each year, more than 3.5 million high school juniors, sophomores, and younger students take the PSAT/NMSQT to:

    ACT - SAT

    ACT Test 

    SAT Inside the Test 


    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Allen High School offers approximately 28 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The Advanced Placement Program is directed by the College Board to allow students to take college-level course work while still in high school. The College Board develops the scope and sequence of AP courses and provides training for teachers. The examination for each course is a national standard that is used by colleges to grant college credits to those students that make a high enough score. Most colleges and universities consider students that take AP courses to be better prepared for the rigor of college courses. Over 65% of AISD secondary students participate in one or more advanced courses.  

    Courses designated as AP are college-level courses. Students should expect course subject matter and workload at a college level. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the College Board exam at the end of the year.

    International Baccalaureate (IB)
    Allen High School is an authorized school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a rigorous pre-university course of study for the academically talented and highly motivated student.

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma program is a rigorous pre-university course of study for the academically talented and highly motivated secondary student. Designed and administered by the home office in Cardiff, Wales, the program encompasses internationally-based standards of achievement. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad liberal arts experience for the college-bound student. Each student will become proficient in language and mathematical studies and participate in an in-depth exploration of the study of human behavior and the process of educational inquiry. The program is designed to provide the student with a well-rounded, high academic course of study emphasizing the development of the “whole person.” Successful completion of the course work and examinations at the junior/senior level may earn students credit or advanced placement at colleges and universities around the world.

    Please visit Allen High School International Baccalaureate website http://allenisd.org/Page/49044 for further information.

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