Advanced Placement (AP)

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  • In keeping with the Dallas ISD's mission to provide programs that meet the needs of all students, the district offers a variety of opportunities for the gifted and talented. Advanced Academics, available in all schools for students in grades 6-12, strengthen and broaden the intellectual and creative talents of identified students.   

    Primary among advanced academic offerings is a variety of Honors and Advanced Placement courses.

Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)

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  • AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a global nonprofit organization, and its mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing ALL students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is:

    • A school-wide college-readiness system

    • A structured approach to a rigorous curriculum

    • An in-school academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success

    • Professional development for educators

    AVID began in Dallas ISD in 2002. It has flourished over the years and is in practice at 55 campuses. There are three National Demonstration Schools: New Tech High School, Bryan Adams, and Thomas J. Rusk Middle School. Felix G. Botello Elementary School and Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School are the district's flagship elementary campuses.

Gifted/Talented Program (G/T)

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  • The purpose of the Gifted and Talented (G/T) program is to implement, maintain, and support a variety of instructional strategies that address the four core academic areas: reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies. Students in the G/T program demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication. In the Dallas ISD, students are nominated, screened, and selected by the campus G/T Selection Committee.

    The Dallas ISD's G/T program consists of three components: grades K-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. G/T students in grades K-5 are served with a “pull out’’ program that meets the needs of students who demonstrate complex thinking skills and need for an academic challenge. G/T students are provided a minimum of two hours of classroom instruction per week, focused on critical thinking, problem-solving, creative thinking, researching, and developing innovative products.

    G/T students in secondary schools are served through a variety of advanced academic programs. G/T students in grades 6-8 may take advanced academic courses like Honors, and those in grades 9-12 may take Honors, AP, or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses (select campuses).