Advanced Academics

Mission Statement

Alief offers many program options for advanced level students through the Advanced Academics Department. Students who are identified as gifted through the district's screening process are eligible for gifted services.  At the elementary level, identified students are serviced through pull-out and push-in models and full-time inclusion.  At our intermediate campuses, gifted students participate in the AIMS program, our full-time gifted class model.  Secondary G/T students engage in our most rigorous academic coursework: Alief Advanced Academic Courses (Alief AAC), Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and/or Dual Credit courses. 

The goal of Alief’s Advanced Academics Department is to provide differentiated opportunities for students to elaborate, think originally, think flexibly, and produce new ideas as they become self-directed learners who are competent in thinking, research, and communications.

The Advanced Academics Department also works to promote college awareness and college preparation through Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), and to provide access to college entrance testing opportunities (PSAT, SAT & ACT) throughout the school year .

Monica Baines
Director of Advanced Academics
Email Monica Baines

Jossie Graterol
Advanced Academics Testing Specialist
Email Jossie Graterol Bolivar

Angela Polk
Advanced Academics Specialist
Email Angela Polk

Natali Navarrete - Secretary
Email Natali Navarrete
281-498-8110, ext. 29070


List of Campus GT Specialists

For specific questions about GT services at your child's school, contact the campus GT Specialist.  List of Campus GT Specialists

4250 Cook Rd.
Houston, TX  77072
281-498-8110 ext. 29070

Advanced Academics Program

AVID in Alief

Elsik High School Graduate Maria Hernandez Shared Her Story at the 2017 Avid Summer Institute

See how AVID makes a difference here.  

AVID was first implemented in Alief during the 2007-2008 school year at Elsik, Hastings and Taylor high schools.  Each campus started with two sections of the AVID elective.  Today, AVID has grown to multiple sections at each of these campuses.  In the 2009-2010 school year, implementation of AVID began at Alief's Early College High School, Olle Middle School, and Klentzman Intermediate.  As Olle served as a pilot for the middle school elective and Klentzman served as a pilot for AVID Elementary, AVID is now being implemented on all Alief Middle and Intermediate campuses.  Since 2016, we have incorporated several of the elementary campuses as well:  Bush, Chancellor, Collins, Cummings, Hearne, Heflin, Hicks, Liestman, Outley, and Petrosky.

Since the 2016-2017 school year, Alief Early College High School has been designated as an AVID National Site of Distinction.

The AVID curriculum used in the AVID elective classes is based on rigorous standards, utilizing instruction in the research-based WICOR methodology of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. Content teachers throughout each campus also utilize the strategies to transform students in all classes from passive learners into active classroom contributors, problem-solving collaborators, and critical thinkers.

AVID Secondary Domains and AVID Elementary Essentials are focused on four categories:

  1. Instruction

  2. Systems

  3. Leadership

  4. Culture

AVID Classes Participate in Field Trip Opportunities

The AVID Elective class at the secondary level provides numerous opportunities for students to participate in field trips that promote college and career awareness. AVID students have visited Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Houston, Sam Houston State, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin University, Rice University, University of St. Thomas, University of Houston Downtown, and Houston Baptist University just to name a few.  AVID students also take virtual tours of out-of-state colleges and connect with admissions advisors all over the country.

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