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Advanced Academics

CCISD is committed to closing the opportunity gap by recruiting and retaining students who are likely to succeed in advanced coursework. CCISD recommends that learners challenge themselves by participating in advanced academic programs.

In Advanced Academics, there is an increase in rigor with an emphasis on critical knowledge and skills designed to prepare students for college and careers. Taking advanced courses in intermediate and high school is the best way to prepare for college admission and college success. CCISD has a genuine commitment to preparing ALL students for challenging academic work. Honors and AP courses have open enrollment, and students are encouraged to reap the benefits of these offerings.

 

Why Consider Advanced Academics?

  • Taking a rigorous curriculum in high school is the best predictor of students’ ability to complete a bachelor's degree.
  • The number and quality of advanced courses a learner takes is more significant than GPA or class rank for predicting college success.
  • Students taking more advanced courses score about 2.4 points higher on the ACT composite than students taking standard graduation plan courses.
  • Students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school have higher GPAs in college than students who do not take AP Courses.
  • Learners who have taken AP courses generally score higher on the SAT than learners who have not taken AP courses.
  • The number of advanced courses a learner takes in high school may be a factor considered by a college when making admission decisions.

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Honors and Advanced Placement

Honors

Honors courses will assist students in acquiring the deep and complex thinking skills needed to be successful in rigorous coursework in high school and college. Students will apply increasingly sophisticated thinking, reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

In Honors, there is a priority on deep and complex discussions, rigorous learning, real-world application, across content connections, and clear and persuasive writing.

Advanced Placement

Enrollment in Advanced Placement courses should be based on a combination of ability, interest, and a desire to intellectually challenge oneself since the curriculum requires more advanced and intensive work. Students may enroll in Advanced Placement courses in any subject in which they are offered.

As college-level courses, Advanced Placement courses prepare a student for the Advanced Placement Examinations given by the College Board in the spring semester. A successful score, stipulated by each individual university on each Advanced Placement examination, determines the amount of college credit and/or course placement. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are strongly encouraged to take the corresponding examination. Financial aid to defray examination costs is available for eligible students.

List of Possible Advanced Placement Courses

  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • Latin
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Calculus AB Calculus BC Statistics
  • European History
  • Gov’t and Politics: Comparative
  • Gov’t and Politics: United States
  • Human Geography
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Psychology
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Art History
  • Music Theory
  • Studio Art: 2-D
  • Studio Art: 3-D Studio Art: Drawing
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Computer Science A
  • Capstone Seminar Capstone Research

OMEGA/GT Program Design (Grades 6-8)

Each grade level has a team of teachers trained to work with advanced academics students. The academic core of the OMEGA/GT program is language arts, social studies and, in some cases, science. Opportunities in math are available to fit individual students' needs. Interdisciplinary curriculum is developed to challenge students while preparing them for the rigor of Honors and Advanced Placement classes. Critical reading, writing and research skills serve as foundation of Omega coursework.

Credit By Examination

Clear Creek ISD offers Credit by Examination (CBE) for grade-level acceleration in accordance with Texas State Board of Education rules and District policy. The purpose of Credit by Exam is to allow a student to accelerate and earn credit without prior formal instruction in that grade.

CCISD offers four opportunities throughout the year for students to gain credit by examination. Exams are available for Kindergarten acceleration (summer only) and all grade levels 1-8 in accordance with the Texas State Board of Education rules and District policy.

If by recommendation or personal preference, families are encouraged to learn more about the requirements on the grade-level information packets below. For more information about CBE, please contact your campus counselor.

CBE Kindergarten Acceleration Packet

CBE Grades 1-8 Acceleration Packet