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Advanced Academics

Mesquite Independent School District strives to provide high-performing students with a nurturing environment, a differentiated curriculum and a trained, enlightened staff. By encouraging gifted students to become autonomous learners through a challenging program, future generations will have the socially and ethically responsible leaders, producers, inventors, philosophers, and visionaries who can make valuable contributions to our world as well as our community.

Below you will find helpful resources and details about  Advanced Academics opportunities in Mesquite ISD. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Russ Weeks, Director of Advanced Academics.

North Mesquite High School Destination Imagination team placed 2nd at Globals 2022

Opportunities to Excel

ABLE (Alternatives for Brighter Learner Experiences) is our campus-based program serving students in kindergarten through first grade. Students identified for this program are placed with teachers trained in gifted education. Students receive instruction in all academic areas as well as instruction in the use of higher-order thinking skills. Students are also clustered with other identified students to ensure they have authentic peer interactions and learning experiences.

QUEST is designed as a pull-out program for gifted students in grades two through five. Identified G/T students attend QUEST in addition to being placed in a trained teacher’s classroom and clustered with other identified students. It serves students from all elementary campuses who have met specific criteria. QUEST offers students a differentiated curriculum through interdisciplinary, concept-based teaching and learning experiences. Mesquite ISD's Quest program is housed  at Florence Elementary School and Henrie Elementary School. MISD provides transportation to central locations where students attend one day a week and receive instruction in critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making.

G/T (Gifted and Talented) classes are offered for identified secondary students. The classes offer appropriately differentiated learning experiences and advanced curriculum and instruction in the areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Advanced, AP, and Dual Credit Courses:  Opportunities for advanced courses are available to any students in 9th - 12th grade who are academically ready (Dual Credit courses have certain TSI requirements). Middle school students in grades 6th - 8th who are academically ready can be in Advanced courses. 

Mesquite ISD provides many other opportunities for further talent development:

  • Destination ImagiNation
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Science Fair
  • National History Day
  • National Elementary Honor Society
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Council
  • UIL Competitions
  • All City Boys/Girls Choirs
  • Fine Arts Festival
  • Elementary Orchestra Festival
  • Theatre Productions
  • Solo and Ensemble Contest
  • All Region Music Groups
  • All City Middle School Honors Music Groups
  • Honors District-Wide Art Exhibit
  • PTA Cultural Arts Competition
  • Mentorship
  • Pre-Advanced Placement
  • Advanced Placement
  • Peer Mediation
  • Community Service Opportunities