Programs

Humanities

The Humanities program is built around the examination of universal themes and integrates the study of history, literature, writing, and the fine arts.  The curriculum is aligned to the Texas State Plan for Gifted Education as well as to state standards and delivered using Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s Model of Depth and Complexity through the National Association for Gifted Children’s Parallel Curriculums. Students are grouped together in a two-period block designated as English Language Arts and social studies. Because instruction is thematic, these subject areas are integrated, demonstrating to students the connections within, between, and among different disciplines. Students receive the same grade for both courses in the block. Additionally, students use technology and creativity to generate sophisticated products and performances which, whenever possible, are reviewed and critiqued by professional practitioners who not only provide constructive feedback to students, but whose input helps facilitate necessary changes in instruction. Humanities students are required to participate in and complete these advanced level projects.

 

GT Advanced Math

The GT Advanced Math program is built around the examination of universal themes and compresses four years of mathematics into three.  The curriculum is aligned to the Texas State Plan for Gifted Education as well as to state standards and delivered using Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s Model of Depth and Complexity through the National Association for Gifted Children’s Parallel Curriculum. All the grade levels use an investigative approach to mathematics in which students work collaboratively to develop their own algorithms and discover mathematical processes. The content and processes for each grade level include: problem-solving, conceptual understanding, proportional reasoning, understanding of concepts, skills, and procedures, and the development of thinking and reasoning in number theory, geometry, measurement, algebra, probability, and statistics. The primary resource, CMP, has a variety of literary connections. Each grade level is responsible for a large research project that lasts for a minimum of 6 weeks. These projects include research of a topic that is tied to the content for their grade level. Students are encouraged to work in class, as well as at home. Once students have completed their research, they present their findings to their group members, after which they combine all information into a finished product. Students are then asked to find a creative way to present their findings in a larger setting. GT Advanced Math students are required to participate in and complete these advanced level projects.

 

Sci-Tech

The Science Technology (Sci-Tech) program is built around the examination of universal themes with an emphasis on technology.  The curriculum is aligned to the Texas State Plan for Gifted Education as well as to state standards and delivered using Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s Model of Depth and Complexity through the National Association for Gifted Children’s Parallel Curriculums. All of the grade levels use an investigative approach to Science, in which students work collaboratively to discover science processes and concepts.  The content and processes for each grade level include scientific method, scientific investigation, and robotics. Sixth and seventh grade students are responsible for a science fair project that requires a minimum of six weeks to complete.  These projects include research of a topic and will be presented both to classmates and to judges during a campus Science Fair. Students are expected to utilize technology and present their projects in a digital format.  Additionally, students are introduced to robotics in the sixth grade. In the seventh grade, the robotics unit becomes more sophisticated, with the complexity of expectations becoming more intricate. Once students are in the eighth grade, they are no longer required to complete a science fair project. At eighth grade, all Sci-Tech students are expected to participate in a “Robotics Expo”. Students work in teams of four to design and program a robotic device or vehicle, unmanned, that will be able to collect samples/information to send back to a command center to help unlock the secrets of a hostile, or other environment that is not conducive to human exploration. Each team is made up of Engineering Director, Mission Director, Programming Director, and Data Analyst. Science Tech students are required to participate in and complete these advanced level projects, both science fair and Robotics Expo.


Expectations

All GT programs are taught at an accelerated pace using depth and complexity. As such it is imperative that both students and parents understand the commitment required by students participating in the program. The work required in GT courses is demanding, and in all instances students are to strive for professional quality work. For students participating in all GT courses, the workload is triplefold. In order to be successful, students must practice self-motivation and self-discipline, develop time management and study skills, and have the desire to participate.

 

Testing and Placement

Students wishing to participate in GT courses must qualify. The first step of the process is to obtain a “Permission to Test” packet from the front office, complete it, and return it. District testing for our campus only takes place after we have a minimum of 10 ready to test. Once a test date has been scheduled with the district tester, parents will be notified. When the test results are back and the other screening components have been completed, parents will be notified of the decision. The screening process takes approximately 3 weeks to complete once test results are received. Please be advised that if your child is eligible for GT courses, his or her schedule will more than likely change – including electives.

 

Progress

Students participating in GT courses must maintain satisfactory progress. Students who are failing a course will be placed on a growth plan. A meeting with the GT Screening Committee, the parents, and the student will take place to put the growth plan in place. Growth plans will be revisited and progress will be discussed. The student may continue on the growth plan or be exited from the program depending on student progress.

 

EXITS

Students may be exited from the program at parent request or as the result of a growth plan. The GT Screening Committee will meet with the parents and student to complete the exit process.

 

Contact information

The information in this handout is also available on the Hornedo website. For questions about programs, testing, growth plans, and EXITs, please contact Jill Sangabi, Hornedo GT Screening Chair, at jjsangab@episd.org.

 

 

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