Welcome to Advanced Academics

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    Overview of IISD Advanced Academics


     Advanced Placement (AP)


    AP courses provide students the opportunity to study college-level material while in high school. The courses are developed by college professors and AP teachers to introduce the information, skills, and assignments that align with the corresponding college courses. Students take a College Board exam in May to determine the extent of their mastery. Scores range from 1 to 5, with a 3 indicating “Qualified” in the discipline and specific course. College credit or advanced placement into sophomore level courses can be acquired based on the exam score. Each university sets its requirements regarding the use of AP scores. Irving ISD pays for these exams.


    • Students can earn college credit from rigorous AP courses by earning a qualifying score on the corresponding exam (3,4, or 5).
    • We offer AP classes in 30 different subjects.
    • Students earned the equivalent of approximately $2.7 million dollars in tuition savings in May 2017
    • 27% of students are enrolled in one or more AP course, grades 8-12. 
    • 58% of students are enrolled in one or more Pre-AP course, grades 6-12.
    • Irving ISD was named the 2015 National Advanced Placement (AP) District of the Year for mid-sized school districts for increasing both participation and performance and was honored by the College Board two consecutive years (2014 and 2015) for placement on the AP District Honor Roll.



    Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) 


    • Pre-AP courses are offered in math, science, English, and Social Studies in grades 6-11.
    • These courses are designed to prepare students to be successful in AP courses.
    • Pre-AP is the belief that we can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible.


    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)


    • This college readiness program is an elective class offered for Irving ISD students in seventh through 12th It prepares students for the rigor and challenges of college classes, all while fostering an environment of heightened learning and performance in school. 
    • The curriculum includes writing curriculum, college and careers, strategies for success, collaborative study groups and Socratic seminars.
    • 100% of AVID students are enrolled in college prep sequence of courses.
    • 4 % of AVID students graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished Programs (12% higher than all students).
    • 50% more AVID students graduate meeting the Higher Ed Readiness Component than the general population.



    Dual Credit

    Dual credit courses are courses offered for college credit in partnership with North Lake College. Students enroll in North Lake and Irving ISD courses simultaneously and earn both high school and college credit with successful completion of the course.  Some courses are taught on the high school campus by qualified Irving ISD teachers, offered online by North Lake, and available on the North Lake campus itself for students to attend face-to-face. These courses transfer to Texas state universities. These courses are free for Irving ISD students, and the district pays for their textbooks. Students must earn a qualifying score on the TSI exam to participate in dual credit courses.



    College Entrance Exams

    • Open access for students to college readiness tests – the exams are administered at no cost to students.
    • In-school administration of PSAT for all Irving ISD 8th, 10th, and 11th grade students.
    • In-school administration of ACT for all Irving ISD seniors.
    • In-school administration of SAT for all Irving ISD juniors.




    • The district’s College and Career Resource Handbook is available in both English and Spanish on the counseling website.
      • It is filled with valuable information such as a detailed timetable for college planning, dates college entrance exams and AP exams are administered, and information on selecting a college, the application and admissions process and financial aid.




    • High school guidance centers distribute information on available scholarships on a regular basis. Scholarships are usually based on one or more of the following criteria: high grade point average, enrollment in a specific university, plans to major in a specific field, financial need, high SAT or ACT scores, ethnic background, residence, letters of recommendation, community service, demonstrated leadership potential, special talents - i.e. athletics, music, etc. or essay writing ability.


    What Makes an Advanced Course Different from Others?

    • Independence—students are expected to work with increasing independence in advance courses as they work on skills necessary for success in college
    • Pacing and Timing—students in advanced courses must work at a fast pace and be prepared for timed exams so they are college-ready. All college entrance exams are times.
    • Stamina—students who are successful in AP, dual credit, and college courses on a college campus are determined and know how to work hard. All three skills are necessary for success in college because the experience in college is much different from high school.


    Why Take an Advanced Course?

    • Work on developing the sets of skills needed for success in college.
    • Understanding the requirements of college before you go.
    • Prove to yourself that you can go to college and be successful!
    • We believe you can do it!


    Dual Credit in Irving ISD


    • Students simultaneously earn high school and college credit.
    • Some courses occur on the high school campus, some on the college campus, and some online.
    • Students must pass the TSI to qualify.


    How is it different from AP?


    • Community colleges have an agreement with Texas state universities to take the credit earned from dual credit. Credit might not transfer out of state.
    • Credit is earned by successfully passing the course, not by earning a qualifying score on an exam.
    • Fewer courses are offered for dual credit.




    • If a student is attending a state university, the credits are guaranteed to transfer
    • Helps with the balance of rigorous classes. For example, a future engineer might want to take AP courses in math and science but dual credit for social studies and English
    • Many CTE courses are available with credentialing
    • New state laws allow some credits to be earned starting in ninth grade


    How to be successful in Dual Credit


    • A student who wants to graduate from high school with several hours of college completed can do so with planning and dedication.
    • Effort and dedication are needed components
    • The time to begin the work is BEFORE you start in AP or Dual Credit courses so you are prepared for college demands.
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