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Advanced Academics

ESC-20 Advanced Academics Services Vision
We strive to be the definitive choice in Professional Learning that nurtures the development of all students with equitable access to meaningful Advanced Level Academic Programs in the Districts that we serve.
Gifted & Talented (G/T), Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate (AP/IB)
Gifted and Talented programs are required in all public school districts. Information about program requirements can be found in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students.
Advanced Academics includes courses, programs, assessments, services and supports that provide opportunities for students to demonstrate college and career readiness and earn postsecondary credit.
Gifted and Talented State Definition
In Texas, "gifted and talented students" means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
  • Exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area
  • Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership
  • Excels in a specific academic field


State Goal

“Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.”


Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, revised April 2019