• What are Gifted and Talented Services?
    Gifted and Talented (G/T) Services provide extensions to or differentiation of classroom content and learning experiences for students who perform 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:
    • Exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual, creative or artistic area;
    • Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
    • Excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)
    Qualification for gifted services is demonstrated via a combination of performance on standardized aptitude and achievement tests, as well as G/T characteristic scales, classroom planned experiences, classroom observations, and work produced.

    Service Design – Middle School
    All identified G/T students grades 6–8 will be offered the opportunity to enroll in G/T or advanced academics classes. G/T English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) is offered on all middle school campuses, and some campuses also offer G/T Science classes. G/T students are intentionally clustered in advanced academics classes that do not offer specific G/T sections. Students complete a Personalized Service Plan in grades 6-8 to set academic and personal goals as well as to assist teachers in knowing how best to meet their individual learning needs in the classroom. Teachers of G/T or advanced academics courses receive 30 hours of G/T training. 
  • Should I have my student tested for giftedness?

    Students with gifted and talented abilities often display advanced characteristics, as compared with students of the same age.   If several G/T characteristics are observed on a regular basis over time, Gifted and Talented testing should be considered in order to identify possible educational needs and provide appropriate services.

     

    What are G/T Characteristics?

    Students with gifted and talented abilities often display some of the following characteristics:

    • Advanced Language: Uses advanced language compared to peers. Enjoys telling detailed stories.  Has large storehouse of information and extensive vocabulary. Expressive. Makes comparisons to explain relationships.
    • Analytical Thinking: Has a high level of problem-solving and reasoning skills.  Aware. Observes surroundings intensely and is attentive to details in the environment. Understands complex ideas and thoughts. Sees patterns. Thinks deeply.
    • Meaning Motivation: Curious.  Asks questions to make sense of rules and relationships.  Generates original solutions to problems. Persistent in areas of interest. Creates unique products and innovations. Makes unexpected connections.
    • Perspective: Understands different points of view.  Insightful.  Values fairness.  Sees the “bigger picture.”  Creative when solving problems or looking for solutions. Demonstrates complex perspective in work.
    • Sense of Humor: Understands and uses subtle nuances of language.  Highly creative, fun loving, witty. Experiments with language figuratively for humorous effect. Unusual imagination.
    • Sensitivity: Empathetic. Internalizes others feelings and emotions. Shows awareness of problems that others may not recognize. Exhibits concern for world issues. Cares deeply. Extensive memory about people and conversations.
    • Accelerated Learning: Learns quickly.  Large storehouse of information.  Sees patterns in procedures, experiences, ideas. Sees logical and common sense answers.  Performs better with more challenging or complex tasks. 
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