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Commonly Asked GT Questions

What will my student work on in GT class?

We work on a variety of projects throughout the year that enhance creative thinking, public speaking, and core subject knowledge. For specifics on the GT project curriculum please visit the TPSP website: https://www.texaspsp.org

How can I nominate my child for GT?

Nominations are open for 1st - 5th graders from the beginning of the school year to mid September. Nominations for Kindergarten students are open from late Noember to early December each year. To nominate your child contact ELHEFNER@Dallasisd.org 

Pre-K students may not be nominated for GT. We do not accept nominations outside of these windows. 

After they're nominated, how to do you select the students admitted to the GT program? 

Students are evaluated in four categroies: academics, creative thinking, parent perception, and teacher perception. To evaluate these areas we use previous STAAR or TerraNova results, a creative thinking exam, a parent evaluation of the child and a teacher evaluation of the child. If the child qualifies is three or more categories they are admitted to the GT program. 

How often do the students attend the gifted and talented class?

The GT students, per Texas requirements, attend GT class at least 2 hours per week. 

What makes a child gifted and talented?

"A 'gifted and talented student' means a student 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”

Quoted from the 74thLegislature of the State of Texas, Texas Education Code 29.121