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.

GT Identification

College Station Independent School District begins formal identification of the gifted/talented program in the second semester each year. Kindergarten students are nominated and screened for GT services to begin no later than March 1 of their kindergarten year. Nominations are due on January 9, 2019.

Each spring semester nominations are accepted for students in grades 1-11 for screening for possible placement in the program. If you are interested in nominating a child, please print a nomination form below and return it to the enrichment specialist at the child's school. Nominations are due by February 22, 2019. The form can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

For more information on how to nominate 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:

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
  • Logramos (for Spanish speakers)
  • Cognitive Abities 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 Triple E, a course designed to specifically meet the needs of GT students. At the high school level, gifted/talented students are served through advanced placement courses.

Transfer Students

A student who transfers from one campus in the District to the same grade level at another District campus shall continue to receive services in the Districts 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 school's 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 students' folder to the receiving school's Specialist/counselor.

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

The committee will make its determination within 30 days of enrollment in the District 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 Nominations:  December 3, 2018 - January 8, 2019
  • Kindergarten Nominations due January 9, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE -- Informational meeting for parents:  December 10, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

  • Location: CSISD Transportation Center (9304 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, Texas)

Nominations for Students in Grades 1-12: February 11, 2019 - February 22, 2019

  • Nominations for students in grades 1-12 Due: February 22, 2019

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