Advanced Academics

Advanced academics include programs and services designed for high-ability students.

Gifted and Talented

Students who are identified as gifted participate in one or more of the interdisciplinary programs: GT STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for students identified gifted in math and/or science and GT Humanities for students identified gifted in language arts and/or social studies.

Academic Acceleration

Acceleration includes single-subject acceleration, whole-grade-skipping, early-entrance to kindergarten and to college, credit by examination, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual credit courses, and talent search opportunities.

Talent Explore

Talent Explore STEM and Talent Explore Humanities supports high-ability students who do not qualify for GT services. Activities target gifted and talented students but are available to high-ability students who are identified through the GATE screening process for Talent Explore.

Districtwide Standardized Services

Elementary School Middle School High School
  • GT Cluster Grouping
  • GT Learning Plans and GT Student  Services Summary
    • GT Exemplar Lessons
    • GT SEL Lessons
    • Texas Performance Standards Project
    • GT Enrichment
    • GT Spring Activities
  • Grade skipping (requires examination)
  • Advanced Courses
  • Magnet (requires admission to magnet)
  • GT Learning Plans
  • AVID
  • Texas Performance Standards Project
  • Credit-by-Exam
  • Advanced Placement 
  • Magnet (requires admission to magnet) 
  • International Baccalaureate (requires admission to IB) 
  • Dual Credit (requires passing TSI score) 
  • Advanced-level CTE courses
  • AVID
  • Garza Online courses
  • GT Learning Plans
  • Credit-by-Exam

Enrichment & Extracurricular

Enrichment activities include opportunities that provide depth and complexity through exploration, extension, or elaboration. Extracurricular activities and organized events include opportunities outside of the traditional school day such as clubs, competitions, contests, mentorships, and internships. Campuses select which activities to offer.

Contact Austin ISD Advanced Academics 

Dr. Elizabeth Severance
Director of Advanced Academics
Phone: 512-414-0279

Terri Garcia
Administrative Assistant III
Phone: 512-414-9986

Debi Torres
Elementary Gifted Education Coordinator
Phone: 512-414-0155

Victoria Kelly
Secondary GT/Advanced Academics Coordinator
Phone: 512-414-2031

Delaine Canales
Data Processor
Phone: 512-414-0139