Advanced Courses

Things to consider when selecting an Advanced Course

Considerations for enrollment:

  • likes to challenge themselves.
  • manages their course work and extra-curricular activities fairly well.
  • is proactive and willing to ask for help when needed.
  • thinks critically as a reader about the implications of texts, makes complex inferences, and supports thinking.
  • enjoys analyzing events from different perspectives.


Students who successfully complete a PACE/Pre-AP math course, will automatically "roll-up" into the next year's PACE/Pre-AP math course, unless an opt-out form is turned into the counseling office.

All on-level (non-PACE) 5th and 6th grade students will be considered for PACE placement based on their STAAR scores , math class average, and teacher recommendation. Students who meet these requirements will take a "mastery screener test."

Pre-AP Language Arts

Language Arts includes beginning strategies for students to be successful in high school advanced courses. This course is offered to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students as an open enrollment option. Students are expected to have a higher interest and commitment to the rigor of the advanced curriculum requirements. The pace of this course develops the ability and responsibility of students to work independently, as well as promotes critical thinking skills. Outside reading, which includes a novel to be read over the summer prior to taking the course, is required.

Pre-AP Social Studies - 8th grade option only

LISD’s Middle School Pre-AP (Preparation for Advanced Placement) Social Studies program is designed to meet the needs of students who excel in social studies. The purpose of the program is to challenge students in the area of social studies and to prepare them for success in high school advanced courses. Students are expected to have a higher commitment to the rigor of the enriched curriculum requirements. Students in Pre-AP Social Studies receive instruction that provides a greater depth and complexity than the grade-level curriculum, meeting these students’ need for academic challenge.

Social Studies Grade 8 Pre-AP is an open enrollment course with no prerequisites required. The curriculum is based on the Grade 8 Social Studies state standards, but emphasizes the higher-level and critical thinking skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis in preparation for the Advanced Placement courses. Additional focus is placed on the inquiry, interpretation of historical documents, analysis of data from written and visual sources, and the evaluation, application and presentation of information.