Gifted & Talented Information
Gifted/Talented services are targeted for those who excel have the potential to excel in core courses and who exhibit gifted/talented characteristics. Th district recognizes that students identified as gifted/talented can come from all races, socioeconomic groups, geographical locales, and environments.
At grades 3-12 gifted and talented (GT) students are identified for general intellectual ability or for specific subject matter ability. Students may be nominated for the gifted and talented program at any time by teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested persons. Identified students may be served in the regular classroom with differentiated instruction or in a pull-out program with a teacher of gifted and talented students.
At grades K-2 the district offers a Talent Pool Program. All kindergarten students are considered candidates for the talent pool. Students in first and second grades may be considered annually for the Challenge Pool. Those selected remain in the talent pool through the second grade and receive direct instruction from the teacher of gifted and talented students.
State Definition of Gifted/Talented Texas Education Code§29.121
In this subchapter, "gifted and talented student" means a child or youth who performs at or show the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
- exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative,
- or artistic area;
- excels in a specific academic field.
State Goal for Services for Gifted Students
"Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.
At grades K-2 the district offers a Talent Pool Program. All kindergarten students are screened for the talent pool. Selected students are given formal testing. By March 1 of each year, kindergarten students will be identified for the talent pool. Those selected shall remain in the talent pool through the second grade and receive direct instruction from the teacher of gifted and talented students. All students in first and second grades shall be considered annually for the Challenge Pool. Those students meeting established criteria are placed in the talent pool through second grade
At grades 3-12 gifted and talented students are served by teachers with at least 30 hours of training in the education of GT students. A student may be nominated for the program at any time by teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested persons. Conferences may be held with nominated students and their parent(s) to determine if the students are interested in the program.
- Machelle Lincoln, Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paula Harmon, Counselor - email@example.com
- Janet Tims- GT pull-out teacher 6th-8th Grades - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leslie Todd, Counselor - email@example.com