Advanced Academics   

Julie Leslie
Director of Advanced Academics

Sara Hartsfield
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Advanced Academics                 

Gypsy Mishoe
District Advanced Academics Liaison

Dr. Cheryl Taliaferro
ASPIRE District Liaison

Cindy Garcia
Advanced Academics Instructional Coach

Advanced Placement Icon Promoting excellence and equity in education by providing students a path to college opportunities.
Gifted and Talented Icon A program of services for students who excel in ability to think, reason, judge, invent, or create in order that they may have the opportunity to achieve their potential while making increased meaningful contributions to society.

It is the mission of Advanced Academics to identify students with high academic potential, gifts, and talents in order to provide access to opportunities for academic rigor, depth and breadth, college preparation, and acceleration while nurturing a healthy social and emotional development.

Advanced Academic students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of sophisticated, innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity.

Belief Statements

  • Gifted and talented students require a differentiated curriculum and a variety of program options to meet their unique intellectual, social, and emotional needs.
  • Gifted and talented students can best reach their full potential when given the opportunity to work with their intellectual peers in situations where they can be appropriately challenged and paced.
  • Nontraditional methods must be employed to seek out every eligible student.
  • Well-trained, qualified educators are essential to the success of an exemplary Advanced Academics program.
  • Students’ needs are best met through the collaboration and interaction of students, educators, family, and community.
  • The sophisticated, innovative contributions of our students are vital to our future.