May 2018  
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Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events. We are looking forward to an exciting new school year.

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

Advanced Academics

Building Bridges to Post-Secondary Success

Waco ISD's newest program has arrived!

Save time and tens of thousands of dollars by completing a college degree while still in high school.

 Program Information, Frequently Asked Questions, and Degree Plans.

 The Advanced Academic Services department, in cooperation with the Waco Foundation, will host a series of student/parent workshops. 
 These workshops are designed to help increase the success of our students and set them on a trajectory to a four-year degree. 
For our brochure, click here.
Click the session titles below to access the Powerpoint presentations from the sessions or the links to access the session handouts or video. 

These sessions will focus on the following topics: 
Session 1: Preparing for College Rigor - 9/13/16
(handouts)  (video)
Session 2:  College Essay Workshop Wednesday #1 - 09/14/16 
Session 3: How do choose and apply for college? - 9/27/16 
Session 4: Navigating the World of College Testing - 10/4/16 
(handouts) (video)
Session 5: How do I pay for College? Financial Aid workshop - 10/11/16 
Session 6: Dual Credit? What is Dual Credit?  - 11/29/16
(2 PowerPoint for this session; click on a question above to access each)
(handout)  (video)
Session 7:  What I learned in high school: Lessons Learned. - 1/3/17 
 We look forward to having you all attend!

To gain acceptance into the Waco ISD ACCELERATE program or take any Dual Credit courses during the 2017-2018 school year, you must achieve a passing TSO Reading score. To allow you time to practice on PLATO or to TSI test again, the Waco ISD Technology Training Facility computers will be available to you. Please contact Samantha Smith at or call 254-755-9519 twenty-four hours prior to the date below reserve your seat. Walk-ins will not be accepted. You are welcome to use the computers as little or as much as needed. You must complete at least 2 hours of tutorials on PLATO to earn a voucher each time you test. You may only test one time per day. Please see available dates and times below.
Thursday, June 8, 1:00-5:00 PM
Monday, June 12, 9:00-5:00 PM
Monday, June 26, 9:00-5:00 PM
Thursday, June 29, 9:00-5:00 PM
Monday, July 10, 9:00-5:00 PM
Monday, July 17, 9:00-5:00 PM
Thursday, July 20, 9:00-5:00 PM
Monday, July 24, 9:00-5:00 PM
Thursday, July 27, 9:00-5:00 PM
Monday, July 31, 9:00-5:00 PM

Para obtener la aceptación en el programa Waco ISD ACCELERATE o tomar cualquier curso de Doble Crédito durante el año escolar 2017-2018, usted debe alcanzar un puntaje de Lectura de TSO que pasa. Para permitirle tiempo para prac-ticar nuevamente en PLATO o en la prueba TSI, los equipos de Waco ISD Technolo-gy Training Facility estarán disponibles para usted. Por favor, comuníquese con Samantha Smith en o llame al 254-755-9519 vein-ticuatro horas antes de la fecha abajo, reserve su asiento. Los walk-ins no serán aceptados. Le invitamos a usar las computadoras tan poco o tanto como sea nece-sario. Debes completar al menos 2 horas de tutoriales en PLATO para obtener un bono cada vez que pruebes. Sólo puede probar una vez al día. Consulte las fechas y horas disponibles a continuación.
Jueves, Juno 8, 1:00-5:00 PM
Lunes, Juno 12, 9:00-5:00 PM
Lunes, Juno 26, 9:00-5:00 PM
Jueves, Juno 29, 9:00-5:00 PM
Lunes, Julio 10, 9:00-5:00 PM
Lunes, Julio 17, 9:00-5:00 PM
Jueves, Julio 20, 9:00-5:00 PM
Lunes, Julio 24, 9:00-5:00 PM
Jueves, Julio 27, 9:00-5:00 PM
Lunes, Julio 31, 9:00-5:00 PM

Home school students within Waco ISD

Advanced Placement testing will take place on between May 1 and May 12. For information on participating in AP testing administered in Waco ISD, contact the Department of Advanced Academics at 254-755-9519. 


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

Greater Waco Advanced Health Care Academy
HPRS 2301: Pathophysiology
PHIL 2306: Introduction to Ethics
PLAB 1323: Phlebotomy

Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy
CETT 1303: DC Circuits
CETT 1305:  AC Circuits
CETT 1325:  Digital Fundamentals
DFTG 1325: Blueprint Reading & Sketching
MCHN 1201:  Beginning Machine Shop
WLDG 1313:  Introduction to Blueprint Reading for Welders
WLDG 1407: Introduction to Welding Using Multiple Processes
WLDG 1417: Introduction to Layout and Fabrication
WLDG 1428:  Introduction to Shielding Metal Arc Welding

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 - Melinda Bell  254-756-1843
Waco High School - Stephanie Isbell  254-776-1150
GWAHCA/GWAMA - Ebony Stewart   254-399-6654



  • Gifted and Talented (GT)
  • ATLAS Academy
  • Advanced Placement-AP/Pre-AP
  • Academic and Workforce 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

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. 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.