College Station Independent School District

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Gifted and Talented Program

The College Station Independent School District defines a gifted student as one who performs at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment, and who exhibits a high performance capacity for leadership, or excels in a specific academic field. All students enrolled in CSISD have equal access to be identified under this definition.

CSISD serves students in the GT program in kindergarten through twelfth grades.

For more information about CSISD's gifted and talented program feel free to read the GT Plan, which is linked at the bottom of the page.

GT Identification

College Station Independent School District begins formal identification of the gifted/talented program in the second semester each year. Kindergarten students are referred and screened for GT services to begin no later than March 1 of their kindergarten year. Referrals are due on January 9, 2020.

Each spring semester referrals are accepted for students in grades 1-11 for screening for possible placement in the program. If you are interested in referring a child, please print a referral form below and return it to the enrichment specialist at the child's school. Referrals are due by February 21, 2020. The form can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

For more information on how to refer a child for the GT program, contact the enrichment specialist at the school.

Presently, the screening process includes achievement test data, a teacher rating scale, a parent questionnaire and a cognitive abilities test. The following assessment instruments are used for GT identification in CSISD:

  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
  • Teacher Rating Scale
  • Parent Rating Scale

School-Wide Enrichment

At each of the elementary (grades PK-4) and intermediate (grades 5-6) campuses, an Enrichment Specialist oversees the G/T program that includes weekly pull-out sessions for identified students (K-6). In addition to providing services for the students identified as G/T, the Enrichment Specialist, and other campus personnel work together to provide school-wide enrichment activities available to all students, grades K-6. Depending on the campus, these activities might include independent research projects, guest speakers, Shoebox Science, chess clubs, geography bees, interest clubs, etc.

In addition to advanced classes offered at the middle schools (grade 7-8), gifted/talented students may take GT STEM and GT Project Exploration, a course designed to specifically meet the needs of GT students. At the high school level, gifted/talented students are served within their classes.

Transfer Students

A student who transfers from one campus in CSISD to the same grade level at another CSISD campus shall continue to receive services in the CSISD's G/T program. When a student transfers from one campus to another within College Station ISD, the Attendance Clerk will provide a copy of the withdrawal form to both the sending and receiving schools' Enrichment Specialists (grades K-6) or counselor (grades 7-12). The Specialist/counselor at the sending school will take the appropriate actions to get the student's folder to the receiving school's Specialist/counselor.

When a student identified as gifted by a previous school district transfers into CSISD, the student's records are reviewed by the selection committee to determine if placement in CSISD's Gifted/Talented Program is appropriate.

The committee will make its determination within 30 days of enrollment in CSISD and shall base its decision on the transferred records, observation reports of District teachers who instruct the student, and student and parent conferences.

Committee decision options may include:

  • If criteria are similar:
    • Placement
    • Probation
  • If criteria are similar, but scores are low
    • Non-placement
  • If criteria are dissimilar
    • Probationary placement with option to test in the spring
    • Non-placement with the option to test within 30 days of enrollment

GT Teacher Qualifications

All classroom teachers in CSISD have received thirty hours of training in gifted and talented education and continue to update their training annually. It is important for teachers to recognize and to be able to meet the needs of gifted and talented students of all ages. Additionally, in grades 1-4, students identified as G/T are placed in clusters of at least five students per class. Students in grades five and six are within teams.

Important Dates

 Kindergarten Referrals:  November 30, 2020 - December 11, 2020.
  • Kindergarten Referrals due December 11, 2020.

Informational meeting for parents:  December 3, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

  • Location: Virtual Link will be shared here soon

Nominations for Referrals in Grades 1-12: January 25, 2021 - February 12, 2021

  • Referrals for students in grades 1-12 Due: February 12, 2021

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