• Adv AcadAdvanced Academics/Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Programs

    612 E. Bethany Drive, Allen, TX 75002
    972-236-0681 phone
    972-727-0434 fax

    Kelsey Karcher - Advanced Academics Coordinator - Email
    Rebekah Griffin - Administrative Assistant - Email 
    Submit Inquiries to: advancedacademics@allenisd.org
    What's New in Advanced Academics
    New students to the district should email the Advanced Academics office for Middle School Math PreAP and Math 6 PreAP placement consideration.  
    Middle School Advanced Academics Parent Meeting for 2019-2020 
    Advanced Academics Middle School Parent Presentation 2/7/19 (This link will download a Powerpoint presentation from the Advanced Academics Parent Meeting.)
    Allen ISD will host a Duke TIP workshop for 7th grade identified participants on Saturday, 

    October 26, 2019 @ Ereckson MS 8:30-12:00.  Students must register to attend. 

    Open enrollment: self-select for English Pre AP/IB 7/8, Social Studies Pre AP/IB 7/8, and Science Pre AP/IB 7/8
    2019 - 2020  Advanced Academics Selection Criteria (Advanced Math only) 
    7th Incoming Students 2019-2020 
    All current 6th grade students will be evaluated for Math 7 PreAP/IB.  Qualifying students will review notification reflected on student’s Course Selection available in May through Skyward (parent portal).  Qualifications based upon the following:  4th Math STAAR Masters Level, 5th Math STAAR Masters Level, 6th first semester math grade typically a 90 or higher.  Students must meet two of three district criteria for placement.

    Any student who did not meet criteria for advanced math initially will be re-evaluated using 6th final math grade and 6th Math STAAR Masters Level score.  Placement notification will be reflected on student’s schedule in August.

    8th Incoming Students 2019-2020

    All current Math 7 PreAP/IB students who successfully complete the course will be eligible for Algebra I PreAP/IB.  Please consult campus teacher, counselor and or administrator for additional support. For review and placement consideration, new students must contact advancedacademics@allenisd.org

    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 campus counselor's office with final average by the close of school year. 

    Re-evaluations: 2019-2020
    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 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 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 in order 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 in order 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 PreAP to reflect alignment with secondary coursework and programming. Math 6 PreAP is designed to afford students an opportunity 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 PreAP and AP strands.
    All 5th grade students will be evaluated for entry into Math 6 PreAP by reviewing a student’s first semester math 5th grade typically a 95 or higher, 5th Math STAAR Masters Level, and 4th Math STAAR Masters Level.  Students must meet two of three criteria for placement.

    Notification will take place prior to the start of school for those students who qualify for entry into this course. If a student does not qualify for PreAP math at this time, he/she will be re-evaluated in the spring of 6th grade for Math 7 PreAP.
    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 PreAP/IB and Algebra I PreAP/IB qualifications are stated above. 
    LOTE (Language other than English) for 8th grade students stated above.
    Algebra I PreAP/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

    Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1980, more than two million students have participated in a Duke TIP Talent Search. The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. Participants gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students. Eligible students will receive information in early fall.

    Participants in Duke TIP’s 4th to 6th Grade Talent Search discover and explore their talents and interests through a variety of academic enrichment activities; gain a deeper understanding of their potential by opting into taking the PSAT 8/9 as an above-level test; develop their critical and creative thinking skills by embracing the many activities, contests, and opportunities for learning provided by the program; and are recognized for their accomplishments in a variety of ways. Eligible students will receive information in early fall.

    Parents and Students may register for Duke Tip Workshop for targeted 7th students, Oct. 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. for invited students only.  More information contact advancedacademics@allenisd.org.

    Information regarding the Duke TIP program can be found at https://tip.duke.edu/programs



    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), cosponsored 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 over 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 course.  

    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 web site http://allenisd.org/Page/49044 for further information.

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