According to the state of Texas:
"A gifted/talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows 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;
- possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
- excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)."
Students are identified on a rolling schedule and tested for enrollment on a quarterly schedule. Please contact the Advanced Academics Office for more information on Identification and Assessment.
Purpose & Goals
Ensuring that Gifted Learners are effectively recognized and served through best practice pedagogy is the highest priority of the Gifted and Talented Program in Waller ISD. The G/T Program will meet and exceed the standards set forth by the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.
The state's goal for G/T students "is to ensure that those students who participate in G/T services demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication. G/T students develop innovative products and sophisticated performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are targeted to an audience outside the classroom."
At the Elementary level, G/T students are served primarily through pull-out programs at each campus that feature holistic enrichment supported by best practices. Gifted students have the opportunity to engage in the Odyssey of the Mind competition, advanced technology education, and individualized research/project-based/problem-based learning that allows for the development of specific areas of giftedness and talents. In the classroom, teachers use proven differentiation methods to meet the educational needs of the Gifted.
Our Middle School students participate in a similar small-group program. Gifted students are also serviced in honors courses at the Jr. High level.
High School G/T students are serviced primarily through the Advanced Placement and Dual Credit programs.
At all three levels of the Waller ISD Gifted and Talented Program, students have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of Advanced Academics opportunities and competitions denoted on the Advanced Academics general information page.