Gifted and Talented Program

IDENTIFICATION:

The G/T Program serves students who are academically gifted in two strand areas: Language Arts/Social Studies and Math/Science. Students may be nominated for screening by school staff, parents, or community members. Identification criteria consist of five objective and subjective measures, including test scores, student product ratings, and teacher ratings. Students must receive qualifying scores on three of the five measures in a strand area to be identified as gifted.

Kinder students are identified and served by March 1st of each year (by state law). Students in grades 1st through 11th are screened during the spring, notified of placement during the summer, and begin services the following year. Transfer students and students who have scores slightly lower than the identification standard qualify for a one year Talent Pool. These students are served in the G/T program and are re-screened at the end-of-the year to determine continued placement.

PROGRAM SERVICES:

At the elementary level, G/T students in grades 1-6 are cluster-grouped into a G/T trained teacher's classroom. When a grade level is departmentalized, students are cluster grouped according to their area of giftedness. Kinder students are served through a pull-out program beginning in March.

G/T teachers use a variety of techniques to differentiate instruction for the gifted students, such as tiered assignments, curriculum compacting, and higher level questioning. G/T teachers also teach a G/T curriculum, incorporating into the district curriculum lessons which have been written to integrate depth and complexity.

Beginning in first grade, G/T students also participate in a pull-out program in the Challenge Lab where they learn the research process and problem solving skills while exploring topics such as inventions and programming. The Challenge Lab instruction is based on the Texas Performance Standards Project curriculum. In addition, G/T students may participate in other campus programs, such as Destination Imagination, UIL/other competitions, orchestra, band, and a variety of campus-based enrichment activities.

At the middle school and high school levels, G/T students are served through the Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered in the four core areas-math, science, social studies, and English. High school students may also elect to participate in an Independent Study Mentorship class their senior year.

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