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Teaching and Learning

Welcome to the Division of Teaching and Learning
Fort Sam Houston ISD offers a broad selection of academic courses and electives. In addition to the core academic coursework, students can also grow in foreign languages, the arts, technology and in other subjects. A comprehensive special education program is available for students who need additional assistance, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are in place to help students for whom English is not their primary language, and Gifted and Talented (GT) opportunities exist for students who need differentiated experiences.
Supporting Students with Transition
We understand the educational challenges that may come in hand with the frequent relocation of military family members. There are supports in the form of instructional intervention and acceleration offered throughout the district to help students fill knowledge gaps and reach their highest level of learning. These offerings include an array of instructional approaches embedded in class time as well as in specialized settings.
Facilitating Optimal Learning Capacity
Advanced Academics are available at the elementary level in the form of enrichment opportunities and at the secondary level in the form of coursework and programs, which provide more rigorous college and career readiness driven instruction for students. These are offered through Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses in collaboration with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program, Dual Credit courses in partnership with our local St. Philip's College, Dual Enrollment courses in partnership with the University of Texas - Austin, and Career and Technical Education courses that prepare students for careers in the fields of Hospitality and Tourism: Culinary Arts, Health Science, Business, Commercial Photography and Journalism.
Curriculum Standards: The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
The TEKS comprise the state-mandated curriculum guidelines that establish what every student, from elementary school through high school, should know and be able to do.  They were developed to comply with ยง28.002(c) and (d) of the Texas Education Code. More specific information is available on the Texas Education Agency website at  http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=6148.
Standardized State Assessments
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
Currently, the STAAR are administered at grades 3-8, with students assessed in reading and mathematics in 3-8, writing at grades 4 and 7, science at grades 5 and 8, and social studies at grade 8.  End of Course assessments were administered in English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History.
Texas English language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)
TELPAS fulfills federal requirements for assessing the English language proficiency of English Language Learner's in kindergarten through grade 12.  TELPAS assesses second language development in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Multiple-choice assessments are used to assess reading in grades 2 - 12.  For the other grades and domains, holistically rated assessments based on ongoing classroom observations and written student work are used.
College and Career Readiness Support Assessments
Preliminiary SAT (PSAT)
The PSAT is administered in FSHISD each year to provide practice for students in preparation for the SAT testing environment. This assessment provides valuable skill information to assist students in learning their academic strengths and weaknesses and also allows provides the school with data on students to recruit for Advanced Placement courses.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Aside from being "a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military," the assessment offers career projection data for students. The results return in the form of a career aptitude portfolio that students and counselors analyze to assist students in setting their post-secondary goals.