In the elementary grades, identified gifted students are clustered together with GT trained teachers in an otherwise heterogeneous classrooms. The campus GT specialist works closely with the grade level cluster teachers to meet the needs of each identified child. They determine the best learning plan for him/her including aligned TEKS-based lessons which explore content in depth and with complexity. Some differentiated lessons occur in the regular classroom with the cluster teacher and/or the GT specialist, and some occur outside the regular classroom. Specific services may vary based on campus and student needs.
In Grades K-3, gifted students participate with a GT Specialist in a program on their campus; designed to provide challenging activities in seven strands: creativity, problem solving, research, communication, thinking skills, affective thinking, and leadership training.
GT Specialists work with students K-5 as well as with GT Cluster teachers in meeting the needs of the gifted learners on each campus
Students in the district’s Elementary Gifted and Talented Program, grades K- 5, are cluster grouped and receive differentiated instruction in the core content areas with a classroom teacher who has at least 30 hours of gifted awareness training, plus the required 6 hour annual update.
In Grades 4-5, gifted students receive differentiated instruction in the regular classroom, attend sessions on campus one semester, and attend their chosen off campus GT mini-course the other semester.