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- Gifted/Talented Assessment -- 2022-2023 updates will be posted in October 2022
- Please click on our G/T Identification link to the left to read about the 2021 Referral process
- Advanced Placement / AP Classes
- Click HERE to view information regarding AP courses, exams, scores, and credit & placement.
- AP students, click HERE to login to your AP Portal. AP Students must enroll in their AP Classroom in order to register for their respective AP exam. A second registration and payment are required through Total Registration. Please contact the following for information from your campus on this process. Registration should be paid by Monday, November 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm to avoid a late fee. Unless registered after November 14, all other fees will be refunded if a student does not sit for the exam. For financial aid with AP exam fees, please reach out to your child's AP teacher and/or your child's counselor.
GISD Advanced Academics -- General Information
As a result of education summits that brought together parents, students, teachers, business leaders, and community members to determine the desired skills and characteristics of a Georgetown learner, our Georgetown ISD Learner Profile was conceived. Our Advanced Academics programs and course offerings have been designed with this Learner Profile in mind, challenging every learner at an appropriate level, and stretching every individual to reach his or her full potential.
Why enroll in advanced courses?
All students in GISD are provided opportunities to develop the skills in the GISD Learner Profile, but students in advanced courses experience challenging learning opportunities on a daily basis that often push them outside of their comfort zones and into the zone of innovation. Additionally, there is a direct correlation between the rigor of courses taken in high school and the successful completion of a college degree.
Lastly, AP courses and Dual Credit/OnRamps courses can yield college credits being earned! The average cost of a college course at a public university in the USA is around $1,200. If a student were to pass 3 AP exams and earn credit in 2 Dual Credit courses, that would mean savings of $6,000 and would save your student taking 15 hours of college credit (that's one semester worth of college). In Texas, AP Exam scores of a 3 or higher must be accepted at all public universities. Many universities across the nation accept AP Exam credits and Dual Credits. Please seek guidance from your college of choice on what kinds of credits will be accepted.
Please see pages 41-45 of our 2022-2023 Course Guide for more information about Advanced Courses.
Does advanced coursework simply mean more work?
Although this is a common misconception, advanced courses do not necessarily require more work from students; however, they do require students to explore and study subject matter with more depth and more complexity.
What advanced academics opportunities does GISD offer?
GISD offers a Gifted & Talented program, Advanced courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, dual credit courses, and a variety of enrichment opportunities for its students, from UIL to SeaPerch.
Caryn Rasberry, MA, MEd
Advanced Academics Coordinator