Gifted Program Options - High School

  • The El Paso Independent School District provides program options throughout the district that reinforce the strengths, needs, and interests of gifted and talented students. Curriculum and instruction are differentiated by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the general school program.

    Advanced Placement


    (offered at all high school campuses)

    Advanced Placement courses provide opportunities for students to earn college credit while learning about a subject in greater depth. Students develop study and analytical skills that are important to success in college. Pre-Advanced Placement courses are offered for freshmen and sophomores to prepare them for the rigorous Advanced Placement courses.

    International Baccalaureate


    (offered at Coronado High School)

    The International Baccalaureate Program is an internationally recognized curriculum that offers 11th and 12th grade students an opportunity to earn the IB diploma. This advanced, comprehensive curriculum of study offers an integrated approach to learning across the disciplines. Students who qualify for the IB magnet program attend classes at Coronado High School.

    High School Magnet Programs


    (offered at selected high schools)

    Middle school students who meet enrollment requirements attend high school magnet programs that emphasize specialized fields of study. Silva Health Magnet provides a program that cooperates closely with Thomason Hospital and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Chapin High School operates a science and math magnet with the Engineering Department of the University of Texas at El Paso serving as a partner. Other magnet programs include the Academy of International Business and Public Affairs at Bowie High School, Connecting Worlds/Mundos Unidos at El Paso High School, Law Enforcement Academy at Austin High School, and the International Baccalaureate Program at Coronado High School.

    Gifted and Talented Independent Studies


    (offered at selected high schools)

    Identified gifted and talented students follow the TEA Student Performance Standards Project guidelines to complete an advanced-level independent study project. Students explore areas of interest through an in-depth investigation and development of a product that reflects professional quality work. Independent study projects are guided by the classroom teacher and a mentor who is an expert in the field of study. The research product is presented to a panel of judges according to the performance standards. Students who successfully meet the standards earn a Distinguished Achievement Program advanced measure.

    Distinguished Achievement Program


    (offered at all high schools)

    GT students are encouraged to participate in the Distinguished Achievement Program, the highest level of graduation in the state. Students who wish to complete the Distinguished Achievement Program and have the accomplishment recognized on the Academic Achievement Record (transcript) must complete all required courses and four advanced measures.