Generally, more rigor is better than less. We encourage all students to participate in Advanced Placement (AP) and/or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). The AP Programs are offered on all of the high school campuses, while the IB DP is only offered at Leander HS  and Vandegrift HS. 

AP & IB Programs

Both the AP and the IB programs provide students with academic challenge preparing them for the rigor of college. Students may have the opportunity to earn college credit determined by each college campus. The College Board and the International Baccalaureate websites offer a wealth of resources regarding the AP Program and the IB DP.

In high school, LISD students may participate in advanced/IB courses in mathematics, science, social studies and English. Ninth and 10th grade advanced/IB courses are vertically aligned with Leander ISD’s AP and/or IB courses in 11th and 12th grades. Students may select from a variety of courses in mathematics, science, social studies, English, world languages and fine arts.

AP Capstone

AP Capstone is a College Board program offered at every LISD high school campus. As part of the AP Capstone Program, the AP Seminar and AP Research courses allow students the ability to explore specific academic interests not tied to a content area. Students who complete the two-year program requirements can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards.


LISD offers an additional advanced program called OnRamps. OnRamps is a Dual Enrollment Program through the University of Texas offering students rigorous courses aligned with college expectations. LISD offers Advanced Pre-Calculus and College Algebra courses that allows students to earn both high school and university credit. Course offerings vary at each high school.


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple – raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.

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Exam for Acceleration

According to Texas State Board of Education rules, school districts must offer Examinations for Acceleration (EA) at every grade level and for every subject area offered in grades K-12. Exam for Acceleration allows Leander ISD students who have mastered the content and skills of a particular grade level or course without direct instruction to advance to the next level so they will be more appropriately challenged. When given at designated times in the district, these exams are available at no cost to eligible students. For more information, please contact the campus counselors. To help schools serve this mandate, the University of Texas and Texas Tech University Distance Education Centers offer a wide array of exams for grades K-12. Leander ISD uses these resources to ensure standardization and objectivity of the exams. For more information, please contact your campus counselors.

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High School QUEST-G/T students may participate in a QUEST-G/T Lab, which is designed to meet individual student’s needs and interests, including independent study. QUEST-G/T students are automatically placed in Advanced English QUEST-G/T classes during ninth and 10th grades. The QUEST-G/T teachers are available for support throughout the high school years. QUEST-G/T students are encouraged to investigate the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Leander and Vandegrift high schools as well as the variety of Advanced and AP (Advanced Placement) courses and other special interest courses throughout their high school years.

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