• Adv AcadAdvanced Academics, Advanced Placement, & International Baccalaureate

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

    Contact:
    Kelsey Karcher - Advanced Academics Coordinator - Email
    Rebekah Griffin - Department Assistant - Email 
    Submit Inquiries to: advancedacademics@allenisd.org
     
    What's New in Advanced Academics
     
     
    Please join us for this year's middle school advanced academics parent meeting on February 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Allen ISD Service Center.  There is no need to register.   
     
    2020 Advanced Academics Middle School Parent Presentation (Please click the text to the left to see the presentation slides from the February 6, 2020 meeting.)
     
     
     New students to the district should email advancedacademics@allenisd.org for middle school math Pre-AP and Math 6 Pre-AP placement consideration. 
     
     
     
    Incoming 7th Grade Students 2020-2021 

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

     

    Students must qualify for enrollment in Math 7 Pre-AP/IB. 

    In late Spring, all current 6th grade students are evaluated to qualify for placement in Math 7 Pre-AP/IB.  In this first evaluation, a student may qualify by meeting at least two of these three district criteria for placement: 

    • 4th grade math STAAR masters level
    • 5th grade math STAAR masters level
    • first semester 6th grade math grade of 90% or higher

     

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

    For the 2020-2021 school year, any student who did not meet the initial qualifications for Math 7 Pre-AP/IB is 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. In this second evaluation, a student typically qualifies by meeting at least two of these four district criteria for placement:

    • 4th grade math STAAR masters level
    • 5th grade math STAAR masters level
    • first semester 6th grade math grade of 90% or higher
    • 6th grade math sim score of at least 90% and/or third quarter grade of at least 90%

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

     

    8th Incoming Students 2020-2021

    English Pre AP/IB 8, Social Studies Pre AP/IB 8, and Science Pre AP/IB 8 are open enrollment courses.  Students may self-select these options when making their schedule.
     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-evaluations2020-2021
     
    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.

     

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    Elementary School Advanced Academics

    The advanced math sequence begins in 6th grade. The name of the course is Math 6 Pre-AP to reflect alignment with secondary coursework and programming. Math 6 Pre-AP 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 Pre-AP and AP strands.
     
    All 5th grade students are evaluated for entry into Math 6 Pre-AP.  For the 2020-2021 school year, rising 6th graders were typically required to meet the following criteria to qualify for Math 6 Pre-AP:
    • masters on 4th grade STAAR
    • first semester 5th grade math grade of at least 95%
    • 5th grade math sim score of at least 90% and/or third quarter grade of at least 95%

    Families of students who qualify for Math 6 Pre-AP are notified at the beginning of August. If a student does not qualify for Math 6 Pre-AP, they will be re-evaluated in the spring of 6th grade for Math 7 Pre-AP.
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    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
     
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    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  
     

    PSAT

    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.

    Philosophy
    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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