Secondary Advanced Academics Programs

Secondary Advanced Programming

Advanced Placement AP®, UT OnRamps and International Baccalaureate Diploma (DP) classes offer students the opportunity to experience college-level curriculum while still in high school. Students can earn college credit with qualifying scores on the AP® or IB exams typically taken in May of each school year.

What is the difference between Advanced Placement, UT OnRamps, IB and general education classes?
Teachers and students may add depth, complexity through the modification of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill (TEKS) concept. The application of depth may be done through the language of the discipline, details, patterns, trends, unanswered questions, rules and ethics. Complexity may be added through big ideas or generalizations, and different points of view. The depth and complexity attributes are based on Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s work. Pacing is based on the ability to compact curriculum for learners or through their acquisition of knowledge. Thus, allowing the teacher to maximize the opportunities for added depth and complexity.

If a student is interested in Pre-AP, AP, UT OnRamps, or IB who should they contact?
Contact your school counselor or teacher.

How many advanced courses should a student take?
The number of courses a student should take rests on the ability of the student, their other obligations and their commitment to the course’s rigor.

Must a student be identified for the ACE or LEAP gifted program to take advanced courses?No. Students who are willing to commit to substantial academic demands and willing to do the outside reading should consider advanced courses.

Additional Information:
For additional information regarding gifted and talented programs, contact your child’s teacher, counselor or principal. Additional information may be obtained by calling: Department of Advanced Academic Services at 972.968.4370.