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2023-2024 Parent Information Presentation
The deadline to apply to the 2023-2024 Center for Innovation (CFI) Program was 5:00 PM on May 15, 2023. The application portal is now closed.
The Center for Innovation (CFI) is a partnership between Abilene ISD and McMurry University offering Grade 5 students the opportunity to spend the year learning from Abilene ISD teachers and university faculty and students on the university campus.
All students who apply are considered and must meet criteria for attendance, behavior, and academic performance.
- Program Applicant Eligibility Criteria:
- Enrolled Abilene ISD 4th grade student
- Interest in mathematics and science
- Core subject final grades (A 90 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)
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.
The information and application process for the 2023-2024 program began on April 5, 2023 when all current 4th grade students viewed a promotional video of the program and received an information brochure. Applications for the 2023-2024 school year were accepted through May 12, 2023.
All student applications are considered and reviewed according to the eligibility and selection criteria. Before invitations are offered to the CFI program, eligible students who are pre-selected participate in a face-to-face interview. Parents will be notified of selection decisions on June 14, 2023.
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