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Aledo ISD expands Advanced Academics Offerings, Sees Student Success

follow advanced academics on facebook, twitter and instagramOctober 14, 2021

 

Aledo ISD expands Advanced Academics Offerings, Sees Student Success

 

As the Aledo ISD works toward providing exceptional experiences for students that cover varied interests and needs, the district has expanded its advanced academics programs and courses and also created the AISD’s first advanced academics coordinator position during the summer of 2021.

 

“Part of our efforts to increase opportunities and to determine high-interest areas for our students resulted in recognizing the need for more Advanced Academics offerings,” Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Bohn said. “We are excited to have Angie Wilkinson on board to help ensure all of our students know from an even younger age than before about their advanced learning opportunities in the district and to keep expanding those opportunities as needed.”

 

Wilkinson, who was an Advanced Academics Coordinator in Crowley ISD from 2012 until coming to Aledo in June 2021, works with all courses, programs, assessments and services that provide opportunities for students to demonstrate college and career readiness, such as Advanced and Pre-AP courses, UT OnRamps and Weatherford College Dual Credit.

 

Aledo ISD has been adding to its advanced course offerings over the past few years, adding AP Seminar, OnRamps College Algebra and AP Psychology for the 2021-2022 school year. The district also participated in SAT School Day for the first time last school year, offering the SAT test free of charge to junior-year students to take during a designated school day. And all AISD ninth- and 10th-grade students take the PSAT for free during a school day in the fall thanks to a partnership with the Aledo ISD Education Foundation. 

 

The district also saw a large increase in the number of students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program and the College Board this year. Two students - seniors Bud Green and Trevor Hennington - were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists, while six AHS students were named as National Merit Commended Scholars. 

 

AHS had 29 students recognized as National Recognition Program Scholars (African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, and/or Rural and Small Town scholars) by the College Board. Twenty-seven of those students earned two or more National Recognition Program Scholars honors. AHS seniors earned 57 total College Board recognition honors, more than six times the number of honors for Aledo High School seniors last year.

 

“My goal is to ensure that ALL Aledo ISD students have access and supports to participate in Advanced Academic opportunities,” Wilkinson said. She stressed that advanced academic classes are truly for all students. 


“My best advice for students taking advanced courses is to choose a course or courses in the subject or subjects that they most enjoy,” Wilkinson said. “Then get organized, develop a relationship with your teachers, create study groups, attend class regularly, ask questions and take advantage of tutorials when needed!”

 

Wilkinson keeps families and students updated via the Advanced Academics website at www.aledoisd.org/advancedacademics and also on social media: @AledoISDAdvAca on Twitter, @AledoAdvancedAcademics on Instagram and facebook.com/aledoisdadvacademics.

 

3 Things AISD Parents and Students Should Know about Advanced Academics:

  1. We have an outstanding group of educators/administrators/counselors working to grow and improve Advanced Academics in Aledo ISD.
  2. We are equipped to provide many hours of college credit to our 9th-12th-grade students each year to save our students money and time to degree completion.
  3. We are committed to the quality of our current programming as well as finding and bringing innovative, new courses and programs to Aledo ISD that will enhance the educational experience of our students.