Special Programs Expo - About the Programs

 
Applications for Dual Language, STEM Academies and tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten will be available online beginning Wednesday, February 17 and are due by Friday, March 25.
 
If more applications are submitted than the maximum number of students each campus may accept, then a lottery will be conducted on Friday, April 1, and streamed live on the district’s website. More information will be available on the website after the Expo.
 
Dual Language
The Dual Language program offered at Silver Lake Elementary and Timberline Elementary focuses on the student's ability to read, write and speak in Spanish and English. It emphasizes challenging standards in the core content areas while enriching students’ development in both their first and second languages. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, in order to continue a focus on STEM education, Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School will no longer accept applications for incoming Kindergarten students into the existing Two Way Dual Language program.

STEM Academy
GCISD offers a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) focused education for students in kindergarten through eighth-grade at two campuses: Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School and the STEM Academy at Grapevine Middle School (GMS). The program at Cannon is already campus-wide and the STEM Academy at GMS will continue its expansion from sixth and seventh-grades to include eighth-grade in 2016-2017. Unlike dual language, students do not have to have a background in STEM to be accepted into the STEM Academy at GMS.

ASPIRE Academy
Acceptance into the ASPIRE Academy at Glenhope Elementary and CTMS is based on meeting selection criteria to qualify as highly gifted. During the presentation district leaders will provide information for parents about the ASPIRE Academy, including details of the admissions process.

Tuition-Based Pre-Kindergarten
In an effort to continually serve the families of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, the district is investigating the feasibility of a tuition-based Pre-K program, beginning in the Fall of 2016. Those families who have a child who will be four-years old, on or before September 1, 2016, may participate in the program, depending on community interest.

As with any of the district’s special programs, families must enter into a lottery to be selected. If there is enough interest in the tuition-based program, then the lottery will be held for spots at pre-determined campuses. The proposed site locations are Bear Creek Elementary, Bransford Elementary, Colleyville Elementary and OC Taylor Elementary. These campuses were selected based on current and projected student enrollment and building capacity.

Collegiate Academy
Collegiate Academy, located on the Tarrant County College - Northeast campus, offers students the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree or up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor’s degree.
 
Advancement Via Individual Determination
Designed to increase school-wide learning and performance, the AVID system accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. Although AVID serves all students, its elective class focuses on college-bound students desiring support in mastering college readiness tools and strategies.