Welcome to Advanced Academics

  • Advanced Academics Scholars


    Advanced Academic Services of Waco ISD is dedicated to providing the most appropriate educational services for gifted and talented students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The gifted and talented students are engaged and challenged at every level. Elementary GT students receive services through differentiated instruction in the GT cluster classrooms in addition to GT Enrichment Pullout. Identified kindergarten students begin receiving services in March. Secondary GT students receive differentiated instruction through the Pre-AP/AP and Dual Credit classrooms.


    Our purpose is to promote rigor, depth, complexity and challenge for the District's advanced and gifted learners, with the goal of providing the opportunity to produce advanced products and performances.

College Credit Earning Courses Offered



    University High School and Waco High School
    ARTS 1301: Art Appreciation
    ARTC 1302: Digital Imaging
    BCIS 1305:  Business Computer Applications
    BIOL 1408: Biology for Non-Majors with Lab
    BIOL 2401: Anatomy and Physiology
    BUSI 1301: Introduction to Business
    CRIJ 1301: Introduction to Criminal Justice
    CSJA 1372: Forensic Art
    DRAM 1310: Introduction to Theater
    ECON 2301: Macroeconomics 
    ENGL 1301: Composition
    ENGL 1302: Advanced Composition
    ENVR 1301/1101: Environmental Science with Lab
    GOVT 2305: US Government and Politics
    GOVT 2306: Texas Government
    HIST 1301: American History through the Civil War
    HIST 1302: American History since Reconstruction
    MATH 1314: College Algebra
    MATH 1316: Trigonometry
    MUSI 1306: Music Appreciation
    PSYC 1300/EDUC 1300:  Learning Frameworks
    SGNL 1301: Sign Language I
    SPCH 1321: Business and Professional Speaking

    University High School and Waco High School*
    American History (WHS only)
    Art History (online)
    Calculus A/B
    English Language and Composition
    English Literature and Composition
    Human Geography
    Music Theory and Composition (offered every other year)
    Spanish Language and Culture
    Spanish Literature and Culture
    Studio Art
    World History

    *other offerings available upon request and adequate enrollment
    Students do not have to take the AP course to sit for the AP examination; however, all students in Waco ISD will enroll to take the AP examination for AP classes in which they are enrolled.

    University High School
    Advanced Audio Video Programming
    Anatomy & Physiology
    Audio Video Productions
    Business Machines
    Court Systems
    Graphic Design and Illustration
    Hotel Management
    Medical Terminology
    Principles of Information Technology
    Restaurant Management
    Web Technologies

    Waco High School
    Advanced Audio Video Programming
    Anatomy & Physiology
    Audio Video Productions
    Business Machines
    Graphic Design and Illustration
    Medical Terminology

    For information on enrollment in any of these Advanced Academic courses, contact:
    University High School-  254-756-1843
    Waco High School -   254-776-1150
    GWAHCA/GWAMA -  254-399-6654



    • Gifted and Talented (GT)
    • ATLAS Academy
    • Advanced Placement-AP/Pre-AP
    • Academic Dual Credit
    • ACCELERATE Early Degree Program
    • Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI)
    • College Readiness
    • National History Day Competition
    • Science Fair
    • Destination Imagination
    • Academic Decathlon
    • Mock Trial
    • Academic UIL events

Department Director

  • Ashley Duncan

    Ashley Duncan

    Director of Advanced Academic Services

Contact Us

  • WISD Administration Building
    501 Franklin Avenue
    P.O. Box 27
    Waco, Texas 76703
    Phone: (254) 755-9473
    Fax: (254)755-9657
    Fax2: (254) 755-9680


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