Gifted and Talented Services
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Gifted and Talented Academic Competitions (PDF)
Testing Referral Forms
Testing Referral Packet (PDF)
Paquete de remisión evaluación (PDF) - Español
Parent Newsletters
November 2014 (PDF)
noviembre 2014 (PDF) (Español)
Aisha Coleman-Holmes

Julie Hill
Helpful Links
Gifted / Talented Education in Texas (TEA)
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented
National Association for Gifted Children
ERIC Clearinghouse for Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERICEC)
Texas Performance Standards Project
College Board
Advanced Academics Services (Region 4)
Mind Vine Press - The Gifted Education Company
Texas College & Career
Education in Action
Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program)
Students Pursuing Academic Rigor and Knowledge (SPARK)
Gifted and Talented Services
Goal for Services

Spring ISD Gifted & Talented Expo
6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 | 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 21
Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, 900 Wunsche Loop, Spring, TX 77373

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 are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment and reflect individuality and creativity.


The purpose of the Spring ISD Gifted and Talented program is to meet the learning needs of all gifted students through either an enrichment model for the artistically / creatively gifted or through academic acceleration model for the intellectually gifted.

2014-15 Referral Process

Fall Semester
Students who are new to SISD can be referred by a parent, teacher, or themselves for evaluation. In addition, all kindergarten students are screened for the gifted and talented program. Also, non-identified students in grades 3-11 who score level 3 (advanced) on reading and math STAAR assessments will be further evaluated. All referrals must be submitted to the campus counselor by Sept. 30, 2014.

Spring Semester
Any non-identified student can be referred by a parent, teacher, or themselves for evaluation. All referrels must be submitted to the campus counselor by April 1, 2015.

Please note that a student may only be evaluated once per school year.

Curriculum and Instruction for Identified Gifted Students

Spring ISD has developed a plan to improve the services of the gifted and talented program and to be exemplary with the expectations of the state. The gifted and talented program allows students to be provided an array of learning opportunities. Each campus will offer a variety of program services/options for students identified as gifted and talented. Opportunities to meet the needs of each child with individualized instruction, differentiated learning with depth and complexity and enrichment activities will be embedded in the curriculum and the instructional process. The improvement plan will continue to be developed to enhance the services of the program.


A variety of strategies are employed in order to differentiate the curriculum and instruction to meet the individual need of gifted and talented students. Because of the traits, behaviors, and characteristics of these students, they learn in different ways and at a different pace than other students. Challenges are imperative for these students. A differentiated curriculum can provide those challenges that will address the gifted students’ learning styles.

  • Questioning Strategies
  • Advanced Acceleration with mastery of current curriculum
  • Flexible Skills Grouping
  • Curriculum Compacting
  • Learning Centers
  • Interest Groups
  • Independent Study / Projects
  • Real world problems
  • Open Ended Problems
  • Use of advanced / sophisticated resources
  • Student choices in learning
  • Challenging lessons
  • Critical thinking / Problem Solving / Advanced Thinking
  • A Longer period of time to study concept / content
  • Use of advanced vocabulary
  • Use of generalizations / broad based themes
  • Examination of unanswered questions
  • Exploration of an ethical issue or judgment
  • Examination of rules, principles, or laws
  • Content / concept is studied over time (past, present, future)
  • Content / concept is approached from different or multiple perspectives, view points, or roles
  • Content / concept has interdisciplinary connections
  • Non examples of the content / concept are investigated within the theme or generalization
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