Welcome tp the Bernal Middle School Gifted and talented program page. This page will provide you with information on the gifted and talented program in Northside ISD and at Bernal Middle School. 


If you have questions please contact the Bernal GT specialist Colleen Guzman by calling (210) 398-1900 ext. 3230 or by sending an email to colleen.guzman@nisd.net.

Northside ISD
GT Mission statement

The Northside Independent School District and our community will provide innovative, high-quality, diverse learning experiences for all students in an ever-changing world.

Bernal GT Mission Statement

‚ÄčThe mission of the Bernal Middle School GT program is to provide a safe, student-centered learning experience where all students can be engaged and inspired to innovate, achieve, work towards high quality, become strong leaders and life-long learners.

Philosophy of the Northside ISD Gifted/Enrichment Program

Northside Independent School District provides instructional opportunities and various services designed to meet the unique needs of students with significantly advanced general intellectual ability and/or specific subject matter aptitude in language arts, science, social studies and/or mathematics. These programs provide an appropriately differentiated curriculum in an effort to help students work to their fullest potential. GT program services may include a modified delivery of instruction for students by accelerating and/or providing for greater depth, more complex content, and enrichment activities. Specific GT program services are available in kindergarten-12th grades. GT program teachers serving identified GT students have met the state requirements necessary for the teaching assignment.

(ALPHA Advanced Learning Program for High Achievers) is the name of the gifted/talented program in the Northside Independent School District. It is based upon the work of Dr. Joseph Renzulli's concept of "giftedness," which addresses the student's intellectual ability, creativity, and task commitment. Northside Independent School District (Northside ISD) recognizes that all students are entitled to a program of educational experiences which provides opportunities to maximize the development of their capabilities.

Gifted/Enrichment Program Goals

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  • To provide an enrichment program to stimulate the talents of gifted students;
  • To guide students to develop a healthy self-concept and to acquire complex skills for collaborative conflict resolution and teamwork.
  • To implement the principles of divergent thinking and foster the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation;
  • To promote creative problem solving for real world issues;
  • To provide opportunities for self-directed learning and assessment;
  • To arrange experiences which promote the ongoing development of task commitment;
  • To encourage an attitude of responsibility and service to others;
  • To promote a global perspective and a respect for cultural differences and similarities;
  • To provide an atmosphere in which students can interact with their intellectual peers and with outstanding adults;
  • To assist students in making career choices which help them in becoming productive, well-rounded citizens; to think not only of what is, but also of what might be.

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