Bryan ISD Advanced Academics News

AP Exams

Wonderful things are happening at Bryan ISD!

AP and IB season is soon upon us, and the final costs to students is being finalized as I type this sentence. I have been informed by TEA that the fee reductions for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch bring the total cost per exam for these students down to $7! For students who do not qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, the cost per exam will be only $35. A great bargain for the opportunity to earn college credit.

Please encourage your AP students to sign up for the exams.

AP Exam Dates

Dates for Upcoming AP Exams

Week 1

May 2

Environmental Science


May 3

Computer Science A
Spanish Language and Culture

Art History
Physics 1: Algebra-Based

May 4

English Literature and Composition

Japanese Language and Culture
Physics 2: Algebra-Based

May 5

Calculus AB
Calculus BC

Chinese Language and Culture

May 6

German Language and Culture
United States History

European History

Studio Art—last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. EDT) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly

Week 2

May 9

Music Theory

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C:
Electricity and Magnetism

May 10

United States Government and Politics

French Language and Culture
Spanish Literature and Culture

May 11

English Language and Composition

Italian Language and Culture

May 12

Comparative Government and Politics
World History


May 13

Human Geography


ACT/SAT Prep Sessions

The district will be offering Saturday prep sessions for both the ACT and SAT in anticipation of the April 9 ACT and the May 7 SAT.

The sessions will serve as introductions to the structure and content of the exams, as well as offering strategies for exam success.

ACT Prep Session:

March 26 from 8-12

Location: TBD

SAT Prep Session:

April 23 from 8-12

Location: TBD

Khan Academy on the Format of the New SAT

Check out Khan Academy's in depth overview of the format of the new version of the SAT
Format changes to the new SAT | Tips & Planning | New SAT | Khan Academy

Branch Elementary's Destination Imagination Teams

Branch elementary had twenty one students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades compete in the Destination Imagination competition in Conroe, TX on February 20th.

One team focused on the "meme" - Service Project - and they are raising awareness and funds for the Aggieland Humane Society.

One team did "mystery" - "Get a Clue".

One team performed the "improv" - Close Encounters.

Branch also has two "Rising Stars teams" - students in 1st and 2nd grade - with a total of sixteen students. Both teams did the "Change in Direction" challenge.

IB Contact

If you have questions about the International Baccalaureate Program at Bryan High School, please contact:

Laura Wagner


Scholars Academy

The Bryan ISD Scholars Program will be offered at Rudder High School from June 13 – June 23, 12:30pm to 3:30pm, Monday through Thursday. In addition, Scholars will meet four Saturdays (free if you attend the Summer sessions) in the fall prior to the PSAT test which will be given in October. Dates, times, and location for the Saturday meetings will be given to students in June.

The district has initiated this program for the following reasons:

¨ Increase your student’s scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT),

¨ Increase the number of scholarships received by your student,

¨ Increase your student’s chances of being accepted to a prestigious college/university,

¨ Increase your student’s chances of being a National Merit Semifinalist.

The program is offered for $80 (students qualifying for free or reduced lunch will pay $40) and is comparable to private training programs that cost hundreds of dollars.

The content of the program will enable students to learn techniques and strategies for answering questions on the verbal and math portions of the PSAT and SAT. The teachers chosen to teach this program are highly trained professionals who are knowledgeable about PSAT/SAT testing. They have been selected for their commitment, instruction expertise, and ability to motivate students.

The deadline for registration and payment is May 1, 2016 and may be returned to:

BHS: Blake Allen,

RHS: Dora Cruz,

BCHS: Tommy Roberts,

For further information please contact:

Rachael Branch



Rick Odum

Advanced Academics Coordinator

Teaching Kids about the Brain

Race car drivers have to know everything about their cars. They have to, it's their tool to do what they do. The brain is no different. Our GT and HA kids are race car drivers, and their brain is their car. It is important, therefore that we take somme time and focus on metacognition, thinking about thinking. Keeping a journal where students track their thought process as they move through a problem is an example of a great metacognitive tool. But what of our younger kids? Dr. Hazel Harrison offers a unique and useful strategy for teaching younger kids about how their brain operates.