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Abilene ISD's Center for Innovation at McMurry
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Center For Innovation Logo Application Opens May 1!

The Abilene Independent School District and McMurry University are partners in offering the Center for Innovation, a mathematics and science magnet school program for Grade 5 students. This program offers enriched/enhanced opportunities in mathematics and science using the Grade 5 curriculum as set forth by the state as the foundation for the students’ studies.

Participating Grade 5 students attend school on the McMurry University campus and receive instruction from two full-time Abilene ISD teachers and a cadre of professors from the McMurry faculty.  Through collaborative planning, the classroom teacher and McMurry professors will coordinate units of study in math and science. The classroom teachers incorporate math and science connections in language arts and social studies units as well.  Students receive instruction in music and PE as well as technology and library services. Technology is incorporated into all areas of content study. As part of the program, students participate in curriculum-related field trips and special math and science projects.

The application for the 2020-2021 school year goes live May 1! Keep watch in the Upcoming Events to learn about information meetings and deadlines. Check out the Featured Videos tab to learn more about the program.

All current Abilene ISD Grade 4 students who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply:

  1. Interest in math and science 
  2. Satisfactory attendance with minimal tardies through the fourth grading period of the current school year 
  3. Satisfactory conduct (citizenship grades on report cards and office referrals considered) 
  4. At least a 90 average in the core subjects (language arts, math, science, social studies) through the fourth grading period of the current school year 
  5. Passing scores for the sixth grading period of the current school year. This is accomplished by turning in an average of one assignment submitted per week per course from the online or paper curriculum starting April 13, 2020
  • Sky Studies May 4, 2020 Sky StudiesWith the help of university faculty, students view the heavens by day and by night.
  • Community Involvement May 4, 2020 Community InvolvementSoil, plant, and climate studies combine as students sow, tend, and harvest the community garden at Aldersgate UMC.
  • Water Skills Unit May 4, 2020 Water Skills UnitStudents learn water safety, develop swimming skills, and learn to kayak.
  • Applied Science and Technology Skills May 4, 2020 Applied Science and Technology SkillsStudents gain practical experience flying drones at the Region 14 Education Service Center’s maker space.
  • Field Trips May 4, 2020 Field TripsStudents study beyond the typical school day by taking field trips to nearby cities.
  • University Science Labs May 4, 2020 University Science LabsStudents connect with McMurry University professors to further their understanding of science principles.

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