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Advanced Academics

The Abilene Independent School District offers instructional programs in kindergarten through grade twelve for students who are identified as gifted and talented in the area of general intellectual ability.

Diane Cope
GT Teacher

The GT program at Austin Elementary consists of differentiated curriculum in the regular classroom along with a pull-out program once a week. Each week 1st through 5th grade students are pulled from their regular classroom to receive small-group instruction. During these sessions, the students delve into creative problem-solving activities, discuss social/emotional issues, and work with curriculum that enhances their learning through Dr. Kaplan’s depth and complexity thinking skills. Our mission is to empower and challenge our students to become passionate life-long learners who have the thinking skills, creativity, and problem-solving skills to change the world for good.

Kindergarten – Grade 1
Mrs. Mankin – Kindergarten
Mrs. Lucas- First Grade

Grades 2 – 5
Mrs. Hammer – Second Grade
Mrs. Cook – Third Grade
Mrs. Samuels – Fourth Grade
Mrs. McLean, Mrs. Niblo – Fifth Grade