Information regarding the application process for ATLAS LIFT will be posted here in early February. This will include the number of available slots, entry criteria, and process of application. No applications received outside of this process will be considered. 

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    ATLAS Academy Application Window
    January 2 - 27, 2023


    What is the ATLAS Academy?

    The ATLAS Academy is a school-within-a-school located on the Tennyson Middle School campus that serves students identified as gifted and talented in sixth through eighth grades. The ATLAS Academy does not have an attendance zone. Instead, the Academy is open to anyone based on the established criteria and assessments. If you would like additional information about ATLAS or if you are interested in scheduling a tour, please contact:

    Kathleen Knight
    Dean of the ATLAS Academy

    How do I apply?

    Please click here (Español en la página 4) for instructions on how to complete a student application:

    Anyone may nominate a student to receive gifted and talented services. All students nominated will be assessed and evaluated by Waco ISD personnel with expertise in gifted and talented education. Assessment and evaluation of nominated students includes data from multiple sources, both objective and subjective. Program admission is determined by district personnel who understand characteristics of gifted and talented learners. If you would like to nominate a student to be assessed, please contact:

    Celeste Sodergren
    Director of Advanced Academics

    The deadline to apply for the 2023-2024 school year is Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 at 5 p.m.