Alief Advanced Academic Course (Alief AAC)

Alief Advanced Academic Course (Alief AAC) and Advanced Placement

Identified gifted students in middle and high school are served through Alief Advanced Academic Course (Alief AAC) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Alief AAC:

Courses identified as Alief Advanced Academic Course are in the same content area as Advanced Placement courses designed to develop the skills and concepts necessary for a student to be successful. The College Board recommends that a continuum of these skills be taught as a foundation leading up to the challenging and rigorous courses in the AP program.

AP Courses:

Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses which are challenging and rigorous and allow students to pursue and receive credit for college-level work while in high school. Students who complete AP courses are expected to sit for AP Exams. Earning designated scores on these exams allows students to earn college credit for the courses while still in high school. Only those courses recognized and tested through The College Board's AP Exams may carry the AP designation. All AP courses offered in Alief have been approved through the College Board AP Audit.

Enrolling in Alief AAC/AP Courses: 

Gifted students are automatically signed up for the core Alief AAC content courses in their areas of academic strength in middle school and are highly encouraged to continue to enroll in these courses in high school.  Alief also has an open-enrollment policy for Alief AAC and AP courses so students with high ability and a desire to take advanced level courses, but who are not identified as gifted, may also participate in these courses. Instruction is differentiated within the Alief AAC/AP curriculum for the identified GT student. These courses are taught by teachers who have the initial 30 hours of gifted training and continue to earn the annual 6-hour update as required by the Texas Education Agency.

 Students enrolling through the open-enrollment policy must:

  • have an 80 or higher average in the content area for which they are enrolling and/or

  • have passed the most current EOC test in the content area for which they are enrolling.  If there is no EOC test for that content, students must have passed the most current Reading/English EOC.

Contact Us

Dr. Brandi Brotherton
Director of Advanced Academics and Post Secondary Outcomes
Email Dr. Brandi Brotherton

Jossie Graterol
Advanced Academics Testing Specialist
Email Jossie Graterol

Angela Polk
Advanced Academics Specialist
Email Angela Polk

Natali Navarrete
Email Natali Navarrete 
4250 Cook Rd.
Houston, TX  77072
281-498-8110, ext. 29070

AP Exam Fall Registration Information

Students enrolled in AP courses will receive a letter explaining the new College Board AP Exam Fall Registration process.  Every AP student will need a College Board account to join their AP class section(s) before registering for AP exams.  If you have additional questions, please contact your school's Advanced Academics Officer/GT Specialist, or the District Advanced Academics Department.

Year-long and Fall Semester Courses

Registration Preferred Deadline:  October 4, 2023

Registration Final Deadline:  October 31, 2023

Spring Courses

Registration Final Deadline:  February 28, 2024

Exam Fee:  $98/test (All student AP exams are covered by District funding)

Late Registration Fee:  $40 (If a student registers late, he/she will be responsible for the $40 late registration fee.)

Unused Exam Fee:  $40  (If a student cancels or does not sit for an AP exam, he/she will be responsible for the $40 unused exam fee per exam.)

AP Testing Calendar and Registration Information

Registration for the May 2024 AP exams will occur in the Fall 2023.  Please check with your campus Advanced Academics Officer/GT Specialist for more details about signing up to take AP exams.  To ensure timely processing, the deadline for registering to take the May 2023 AP exam is October 31.  More information can be found on the AP Exam Fall Registration Information page. 

To find out more about each of the courses and the exams, visit the AP Exam Policies and Guideline and the College Board website here:  About the AP Exams and for more information about AP exams and courses.

All Alief ISD enrolled students can contact the Advanced Academics Officer/GT Specialist at his or her designated campus to register for AP exams.

Students registering after the deadline will incur a $40.00 late registration fee.

2024 AP Exam Schedule



Please note: 

  • AP coordinators are responsible for notifying students when and where to report for the exams. Early testing or testing at times other than those published by the College Board is not permitted under any circumstances.

  • AP coordinators should order alternate (late-testing) exams for students who would like to take exams that are scheduled for the same time. 

  • Schools must begin the morning exam administration between 8 and 9 a.m. local time and the afternoon exam administration between 12 and 1 p.m. local time. The AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam must begin between 2 and 3 p.m. local time.

  • AP African American Studies Exam Pilot: For the 2024 AP Exam administration, only schools that are participating in the 2023-24 AP African American Studies Exam Pilot can order and administer the exam. 

  • AP Seminar end-of-course exams are only available to students taking AP Seminar at a school participating in the AP Capstone Diploma Program. 

  • April 30, 2024 (11:59 p.m. ET) is the deadline for: 

    • AP Seminar and AP Research students to submit performance tasks as final and their presentations to be scored by their AP Seminar or AP Research teachers. 

    • AP Computer Science Principles students to submit their Create performance task as final.