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Advanced Academics Programs


  • Affords a head start with challenging academics that will prepare a student for college.
  • Improves writing skills and sharpens problem solving techniques.
  • Allows students to demonstrate their maturity and readiness for college.
  • Presents subject matter in greater depth and detail.
  • Helps students assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing and understanding for
  • Instills the habits of mind expected of college freshmen.

Advanced Placement

San Antonio Independent School District is a member of the College Board. SAISD participates
in PSAT and SAT College Board testing, Spring Board, pre-AP English curriculum, Pre-AP and
AP teacher professional development and the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. AP Courses
are college level courses taken as a part of a high school program. These classes offer advanced
students the opportunity to take courses with more challenging college–level content. Students
who complete AP courses are eligible to take the AP exams, administered each May by the
College Board. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1–5. Students scoring between a 3 and 5 may
qualify for college credit at most colleges and universities.

Advanced Placement Courses Now Available

SAISD now offers Advanced Placement courses in 14 subjects, including English, History,
Economics, Mathematics, Science and Foreign Language.

Advanced Placement Teachers

Advanced Placement students learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring
teachers. SAISD AP teachers attend professional development from College Board and Laying
the Foundation. In addition AP teachers are required to complete a course syllabus that is
College Board approved.

Why take AP Courses

There are many reasons to take AP courses, including a desire to:
  • Demonstrate to college admissions officers your ability to excel in college level coursework.
  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.
  • Emphasize your commitment to academic pursuits.
  • Prepare for the AP exams and the possibility of receiving college credit at schools nation-wide.
  • Earn college credit without paying college tuition.
  • Get a head start on college-level work.
  • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.
  • Be part of a community of students and educators who are passionate, curious, and
    committed to academic excellence.
  • Engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and
  • Take courses that are developed by leading professors to reflect the level of learning happening
    at colleges throughout the country.

How Do I Enroll?

Once you've decided to take the AP challenge it's easy to enroll. Talk to an AP teacher or counselor
at your school about the course you want to take. Discuss the course's workload and any
preparation you might need. To discuss enrollment options for AP courses contact the AP
Coordinator at your campus.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a prestigious program offered to students between ages of 3-19. There are currently over 5000 programs offered in 4000 schools worldwide. The IB program allows students the opportunity to earn up to 24 college credits at the Diploma Program (DP) while still in high school. Students also complete community service hours (CAS) and study a course on critical-thinking skills (Theory of Knowledge) while writing a 4000 word essay. SAISD currently has one existing DP school: Burbank High School.

The International Baccalaureate Department works to advise the existing IB programme within the district while expanding to other campuses, implementing the MYP, PYP and DP programmes in selected schools.

World Languages

The World Languages Department develops a world class language program that offers students choice and rigorous & engaging learning in language acquisition.