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Staying Involved Throughout the School Years. Shawna Lynch, M.Ed. Transition. Research shows that prior academic achievement is a strong predictor of future academic performance. All students encounter transitions. Academic Success. Parent Involvement Parental Expectations

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Research shows that prior

academic achievement is a strong

predictor of future academic


All students encounter transitions.

Academic success
Academic Success

  • Parent Involvement

  • Parental Expectations

  • Prior Achievement

  • Eighth Grade Course Difficulty

  • Socioeconomic Status

  • Student Attitudes

    (Smith, 2006)

Keller isd gt program
Keller ISD GT Program

High School

Middle School

  • GT Liaisons

  • PAP & AP Teachers

  • Cluster Groups

  • KISD

  • PAP & AP

  • LTF

  • Performance Standards


  • Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP)

  • Academic Decathlon

  • UIL Academics

  • Texas Performance Standards Program (TPSP)

  • Texas Academy of Math & Science (TAMS)

  • Destination ImagiNation

Distinguished achievement program
Distinguished Achievement Program

The Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) is the

highest graduation plan offered by the State of Texas.

Students must complete the Recommended High

School Program, third level of a foreign language, and

four advanced measures.

Advanced measures include:

  • original research project qualified by a panel of judges

  • score of 3 or better on an Advanced Placement exam

  • PSAT Scholar/National Merit Scholar

  • successful completion of a dual enrollment course or college course with a grade of B or better (in an academic area)

Texas performance standards program
Texas Performance Standards Program

The goal of the TPSP is for students to create work that reflects the professional quality that the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students requires. Student projects are TEKS-based and focus on the core content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies with interdisciplinary connections.

  • The TPSP provides opportunities for students to explore their areas of interest to an extent that is not often possible in school. Such an in-depth study may impact students' future studies and career plans.

Academic decathlon
Academic Decathlon

  • The Academic Decathlon® is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students.

  • Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 "A" or Honor students, 3 "B" or Scholastic students, and 3 "C" or Varsity students.

  • Students are tested in 10 categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, and Speech.

    Students receive scholarships in addition to

    the scholar recognition.

Uil academics
UIL Academics

The University Interscholastic League offers the most comprehensive literary and academic competitive program in the nation.

  • Accounting

  • Calculator Applications

  • Computer Applications

  • Computer Science

  • Current Issues & Events

  • Literary Criticism

  • Mathematics

  • Number Sense

  • Ready Writing

  • Spelling & Vocabulary

  • Speech & Debate

Texas academy of math science
Texas Academy of Math & Science

The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) is a unique residential program for high school-aged Texas students who are high achievers and interested in mathematics and science. While living on campus, students in this two-year program complete a rigorous academic curriculum of college coursework at the University of North Texas (UNT). Instruction is by regular university faculty.

Destination imagination
Destination ImagiNation

Destination ImagiNation, Inc., the world’s largest creativity and problem solving organization, inspires participants in all of its programs, to learn the process, art, and skill associated with problem solving.

Ages 4- college level

Secondary gt liaisons
Secondary GT Liaisons

  • Shawna Lynch Keller High

  • Nika Davis Central High

  • James Johnson Fossil High

  • Nancy Carr Learning Center

  • Shanna Gerberding Indian Springs

  • Carol Hopson Keller Middle

  • Nicole Isom Fossil Hill

  • Tracy Hosek Hillwood

  • Micheal Otto Trinity Springs


Smith, J. (2006). Examining the long-term impact of

achievement loss during the transition to high school.

Journal of Secondary Education.