ATLAS 9-10

ATLAS 9University High School

Waco High School


ATLAS9-10

WISD extended the very successful middle-level ATLAS program into its high schools in the fall of 2013.  ATLAS9-10 provides the opportunity for ATLAS students to continue learning with the same instructional strategies as provided on the Tennyson campus. Both University High School and Waco High School ATLAS9-10 programs will offer

  • courses that move at a faster pace,
  • content that prepares students for Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses,
  • instruction integrated with other subject areas, and
  • problem-based, authentic learning and other strategies designed for gifted learners.

Specifically,

  • ATLAS9-10 students will be clustered in Pre-AP classes that are different from non-advanced academic courses.  When space is available, identified gifted middle school students who did not participate in ATLAS will be clustered with ATLAS students, if they so choose. 
  • Rigor within Pre-AP courses will be increased at both high schools for all core classes. 
  • All campus competitions (UIL, Mock Trial, Robotics, Academic Decathlon, Destination Imagination, National History Day Fair, etc.) will be open to ATLAS9-10 students.
  • Teachers will be jointly selected by the campus principal and staff from the Advanced Academics department.
  • ATLAS9-10 students are assigned to University HS or Waco HS depending upon the student’s attendance zone.  Transfers between campuses will be honored
    • if transportation is provided by the parent
    • so long as the student remains in the ATLAS9-10 program thread
    • and with final principal approval
       

 

High School Choices


When a student attends UHS - ATLAS9-10, in addition to the description above for all ATLAS9-10 students, the following are available:

  • 7 academies;  all students select one of the academies as a focus for their four-year plan
  • ATLAS9-10 teachers will participate in professional development provided by the College Board that allows them to meet the rigorous standards of Advanced Placement. 

When a student attends WHS – ATLAS9-10, in addition to the description above for all ATLAS9-10 students, the following are available:

  • Identified G/T students will be clustered together in common core classes with key teaching personnel.
  • ATLAS9-10 teachers will participate in professional development provided by the College Board that allows them to meet the rigorous standards of Advanced Placement. 
  • Mini-courses will be offered within Career and Technical Education classes with elective credit.