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AISD extends its appreciation to the students who applied for the 2024-2025 Center for Innovation (CFI) program!  The application window closed at 5:00 PM on April 26, 2024.

The selection process will occur in three stages:

  1. REVIEW:  All submitted applications will be reviewed and compared to the selection criteria.
  2. PRELIMINARY:  Of the qualifying applications, approximately 70 to 80 students will be scheduled for a face-to-face interview during the last week of May.
  3. FINAL:  The final selection stage will determine the 50 CFI students invited to participate for the 2024-2025 school year.  It is anticipated that final selection notifications will be completed no later than mid-June.

If you are unable to find the CFI information you’re looking for, please contact your child’s teacher or campus principal.  If your question is not urgent, you may use the Google Q&A form to ask your question at the following link:

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    The Center for Innovation Experience

    The Abilene Independent School District and McMurry University have been partners in offering the Center for Innovation (CFI), a mathematics and science magnet school program for Grade 5 students, since the 2008-2009 school year. Participating 5th grade students attend school full-time on the McMurry University campus and receive instruction from two full-time Abilene ISD teachers.  Instruction begins with the Grade 5 curriculum as set forth by the state. However, the unique educational experience of CFI offers enriched, enhanced, and accelerated opportunities in mathematics and science beyond the traditional curriculum.  Instruction is supplemented by a cadre of professors, staff, and students from the McMurry University.  Through collaborative planning, the classroom teachers and McMurry professors will coordinate units of study in math and science. The classroom teachers incorporate math and science connections in language arts, social studies, and special projects.  Students receive instruction in music and PE as well as utilize technology and library services. Technology is incorporated into all areas of content study. As part of the program, students participate in collaborative learning activities, curriculum-related field trips, and special math and science projects.  The CFI program benefits participating students from an accelerated, advanced curriculum as well as provides them with a preview of the college experience—setting the tone for future possibilities!


    Program hours: 7:40 AM – 3:05 PM daily. Dropoff begins no earlier than 7:25 AM.  Families must provide their own transportation to/from the CFI program. 

    Thank you for your interest. The application window for the 2024-2025 Center for Innovation program closed at 5:00 PM, April 26, 2024.

    The Center for Innovation (CFI) is a partnership between Abilene ISD and McMurry University.  This mathematics and science program is an opportunity for select 5th grade students the opportunity to spend their 5th grade year learning from Abilene ISD teachers and university faculty and students on the McMurry University campus.

    All students who apply are considered and must meet criteria for attendance, behavior, and academic performance.

    Program Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

    • Currently enrolled Abilene ISD 4th grade student
    • Interest in mathematics and science
    • Core subject final grades (At least an 88 average in each of the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for the 4th grade school year)
    • Satisfactory attendance with minimal tardies for the 4th grade school year
    • Satisfactory conduct (Student behavior/discipline referrals from 3rd and 4th grades considered)
    • Performance on STAAR assessments (Passing both ELAR and Mathematics)
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