KISD Gifted and Talented Elementary Service Model
Kerrville ISD is committed to recognizing the unique abilities, talents, and gifts of its students. The Gifted and Talented Program is just one of the ways that the district supports and encourages students to maximize their intellectual abiliities and talents.
Definition of a Gifted and Talented Student -
"A gifted and talented student is a child 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 who
- Exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
- Possess an unusual capacity for leadership; or
- Excels in a specific academic field"
G/T students are clustered together in a class for core subjects with teachers who have completed the state-mandated G/T training. The students are taught the state curriculum (TEKS), with appropriate differentiation in pace, depth, and/or complexity of the lesson according to the needs of the students. The G/T identified students are also served for a minimum of 90 minutes a week in the Challenge Lab using a "pull out" G/T program model.
- Study Group (60 minutes)-
- This group meets 1 hour per week in the Challenge Lab to explore higher-level thinking, creativity, and research skills. Your child will conduct ongoing, in-depth research on a topic, while creating a year-long advanced level product. The work will all take place in the Challenge Lab. Students will have a showcase in May (date/time to be announced at a later date) to share what they have learned & created.
- Lunch Bunch (30 minutes)–
- This group meets once weekly during their lunch time to address social/emotional needs of gifted children (perfectionism, organization, study skills, making & keeping friends, boredom, etc). Often the students lead the discussions and are able to talk about what they are experiencing in school.