quest:(n) the act of seeking pursuing something; a search
***Fall screening will begin the first week of school. All new to Leander ISD students in grades 1-5 will be screened. Parent requests for Fall screening of returning students may be submitted until September 1, 2018. Requests after that date will be screened in May 2018.***
The QUEST program is set up as an enrichment to learning. In the QUEST classroom, students learn and use tools that help them research ideas and topics. All students new to the district are screened for QUEST at the beginning of the year. Every kindergarten student is screened in the second semester.
If you need more information about the QUEST program, please visit the district websites by listed below.
In QUEST, your student will learn how to use the Creative Thinking skills of Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration in their projects. They will also learn how to use the Critical Thinking skills from Bloom's Taxonomy in their daily life, as well as many research and presentation skills.
When are students identified for the QUEST program?
- QUEST testing is ONLY done during the below testing windows. (Students in grades K-12 may be nominated at any time by teachers,counselors, administrators, parents, self, or peers. The person nominating a student should complete a referral form, "QUEST Information Packet" found at www.leanderisd.org/default.aspx?name=dept.QUEST.main and return it to the campus QUEST teacher, who will add names for next testing window.)
- Grades 1-5 elementary students new to LISD are screened at the beginning of school in August or the end of school in May. QUEST Screening Window for the fall is now closed. QUEST screening will occur again at the end of the school year, in May of 2016. If you have any questions, please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kindergarten students are screened in January.
- Summer testing dates are offered for secondary students in grades 6-12. These dates will be posted on the district website by mid-May.
- QUEST testing is only done during the above times. The only exceptions are transfer GT students who provide documentation of participation in previous GT programs.
QUEST serves kindergarten students in two ways:
- During the first semester, QUEST teachers provide enrichment opportunities for all kindergarten students. The QUEST teacher goes into each kindergarten classroom at least four times during the semester to provide foundational enrichment activities in critical and creative thinking. This helps prepare the students for the type of thinking that will be tested in January. The QUEST teacher is also available to provide additional support and enrichment for kindergarten teachers and students, depending upon campus needs and time constraints,.
- The initial QUEST screening on all Kindergarten students begins in January of each year. All kindergarten students are automatically screened for the QUEST gifted and talented program. The state of Texas requires that kindergarten gifted students are served by March 1. However, the screening process is on-going, and we will continue to gather information about your student's intellectual and creative thinking abilities throughout the kindergarten year.