The Texas legislature amended TEC 29.916 that requires school districts to allow home school students the opportunity to participate in PSAT/NQMST and Advanced Placement (AP) testing that each district provides enrolled students. The statute also requires the district to notify the public via its website or local newspaper: of the dates of PSAT/NQMST and AP tests; that home school students are eligible to take the test; and the procedures for registering for such tests. This public notice must be posted at the same time and with the same frequency as the notice of the tests given to students attending the school district.  In addition: home schooled students are eligible to take the EXPLORE and PLAN tests with the other 8th and 10th graders and will be eligible for the ACT/SAT vouchers as well.

 Automatic College Admission

In accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803, a student is elegible for automatic admission to college or university as an undergraduate student if the applicant earned a grade point average in the top 10 percent of the student's high school graduating class, or the top 8 percent for admission to the University of Texas at Austin, and the applicant:

1.  Successfully completed the requirements for the Recommended High School Program (RHSP) of the   Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP); or

2.  Satisfied ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT assessment or earned on the SAT assessment a score of at least 1500 out of 2400 or the equivalent.

In accordance with Title 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 5.5 (e), high school rank for students seeking automatic admission to a general academic teaching institution on the basis of class rank is determined and reported as followes:

1.  Class rank shall be based on the end of the 11th grade, middle of the 12th grade, or at high school graduation, whichever is most recent at the application deadline.

2.  The top 10 percent of a high school class shall not contain more than 10 percent of the total class size.

3.  The student's rank shall be reported by the applicant's  high school or school district as a specific number out of a specific number total class size.

4.  Class rank shall be determined by the school or school district from which the student graduated or is expected to graduate. 

An applicant who does not satisfy the course requirements is considered to have satisfied those requirements if the student completed the portion of the RHSP or the DAP that was available to the student, but was unable to complete the remainder of the coursework soley because courses were unavailable to the student at the appropriate times in the student's high school career as a result of circumstances not within the student's control.

To qualify for automatic admission an applicant must:

1. Submit an application before the deadline established by the college or university to which the student seeks admission, and

2.  Provide a high school transcript or diploma that indicates whether the student has satisfied or is on schedule to satisfy the requirements of the RHSP or DAP.

3. Colleges and universities are required to admit an applicant for admission as an undergraduate student if the applicant is the child of a public servent who was killed or sustained a fatal injury in the line of duty and meets the minimum requirements, if any, established by the governing board of the colleger or university for high school or prior college-level grade point average and performance on standardized tests. 

For more information:  Talk to your school counselor!

 We have Choices!

Encourage your child to explore their post-secondary opportunities with  Choices Explorer and Choices Planner


Amarillo ISD is pleased to provide a career exploration service for students.

Choices Explorer/Planner is an online program that helps you child explore a wide variety of career options and make plans to achieve his or her goals----from school or from home!

A motivated student who chooses a pathway is more focused, achievement-orient student. This passion and enthusiam can lead to better study habits, better grades and greater course involvement.

Does your child have a solid plan for the future?  Choices Explorer/Planner helps students realize a new world of opportunities by bringing to life more occupations than ever.  Over 900 career profiles will engage your child in career exploration as he or she discovers endless possibilities right at their fingertips. 

Choices Explorer/Planner makes career exploration simple - it's as easy as choosing a favorite school subject, or ansering a few questions about your interests and skills.  Your Portfolio allows your child to record exploration results so her or she may return to the information later on.

Choices Explorer/Planner shows students their potential for more possibilities than they could ever imagine.  Please encourage your child to explore all his or her options by using Choices Explorer/Planner.

To access your child's portfolio: Go to

In the "Student" secton, enter your child's portfolio name and password

Portfolio Name: "amaisd" + "student id number" (no spaces)

Example:  If your child's id# is 437890, then you would enter amaisd437890

Portfolio Password:  8 digit birthday (yyyymmdd)

Example:  If your child's birthdate is March 15, 1995, then you would enter 19950315

If you have any quesitons, please do not hesitate to contact your child's Counselor, middle school Exploring Careeres Teacher or High School Career Information Specialist.

High School Career Information Specialists"

Amarillo High:  Dee Ann Kelly - or 326-2024

Caprock High:  Gina Villarreal - or 326-2278

Tascosa High:  Truetta Brandt - or 326-2625

Palo Duro High:  Denise Rayford -denise or 326-2426

Important Information from TEA


Subject:  The University of Texas at Austin Automatic Admission Policy

Senate Bill 175, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009, allows The University of Texas at Austin to limit automatic admission to 75 percent of the university’s enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students beginning with admissions for the 2011-12 academic year.

The University has determined that it will automatically admit all eligible 2012 summer/fall freshman applicants who rank within the top 9% of their high school graduating classes, with remaining spaces to be filled through holistic review. A letter from University President William Powers, Jr. is attached to this correspondence.

This information should be shared with all high school junior-level students and their parents.

If you have questions regarding the new policy, please contact Dr. Kedra Ishop,
Vice Provost and Director of Admissions at The University of Texas at Austin, at
(512) 475-7399.

Robert Scott
Commissioner of Education

Letter from University of Texas President William Powers Jr.