Advanced Academic Services

Advanced Academics McAllen ISD

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.

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
  • 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
  • UTRGV TEXPrep Engineering Camp
  • Academic UIL/ Chess Club/Robotics/Community Service/Programming and Microsociety schools.