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.
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.