Intermediate and Middle School Grades (5-8)
Starting in 5th grade, students will have the opportunity to enroll in subject-specific advanced courses. These courses will be in the core subject areas, starting with Math and English in 5th grade and adding Science and Social Studies in 7th grade. All academically advanced students are highly encouraged, but not required, to enroll in at least 1 advanced course every year.
In addition to core classes, advanced students will be encouraged to participate in academic competitions, such as UIL. Students can also continue to take advantage of Credit by Examination to test out of courses for which the content is already known. For students who accelerate into high school level courses in intermediate or middle school, accommodations will be made to enable students to take higher-level courses.
New for the 2023-24 school year!!
Current 4th grade GT & advanced students (class of 2031 and beyond) will have the opportunity to apply to the Advanced Academics Fine Arts Academy at Smith Intermediate! We will be growing the current AAFAA 4th grade class of 64 students to 75 for next school year. If you would like your child to engage in both expanded fine arts learning as well as enhanced academic curriculum, the application will be available in March. Watch your email and check back here for the link.
High School Grades (grades 9-12)
Academic offerings will be similar in structure to previous grade levels. In addition to general advanced courses, advanced students will be encouraged to enroll in Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses. Thanks to the Forney Education Foundation, scholarships are available to students to help with the cost of AP exams and Dual Credit tuition. If you're not sure which of those course types will work best for you, here is an article from Dallas Morning News that, although old, may help.