Elementary Gifted and Talented


  • Elementary Gifted and Talented Services

    Kindergarten: During the first semester, GT Specialists provide whole class lessons and small group activities designed to expose students to divergent, convergent, evaluative, and visual thinking.

    Referrals for kindergarten Gifted and Talented screening take place Monday, December 3rd at 8:00 AM and will end Thursday, December 20th at 3:00 PM. Please go to your school's website for the referral link or look for the link in your classroom newsletter.  In accordance with state standards, kindergarten students are identified and placed in the CISD Quest program by March1st.

    Identified kinder students receive Gifted and Talented services through a weekly pullout program. GT Specialists guide students through a conceptual understanding that people use self-knowledge, interest, and strengths to relate to the world around them. 

    Grades 1-4: Gifted and Talented students in grades 1 through 4 are served through Quest, a weekly pull out program. The Quest curriculum includes interdisciplinary enrichment units which provide opportunities for learners to study advanced content and develop independent projects. These project based learning units are modeled after the Texas Performance Standards Projects. GT Specialists facilitate learning in the Quest classroom by challenging students to draw upon their conceptual learning in English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies to create meaningful connections. Through these connections students are encouraged to view the world in a more global manner.

    Please submit referrals to the GT Specialist on your child's campus. Referrals may be submitted August 26th - September 13th.

    K-4 Contacts: 

    • CES - Emily Setford 
    • JES - Leslie Andre & Beth Paschall
    • OUES - Renea Wainwright
    • RES - Cindy Featherston
    • WGES - Suzanne Moore & Beth Paschall

    Grades 5-6: Gifted and Talented students in grades 5 through 6 are served through GT English language arts and reading and GT social studies interdisciplinary studies. GT Specialists inspire students to make connections between their learning and the real world. Students are provided opportunities to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop an understanding of global challenges and the impact on the world around them. Students are expected to use critical thinking skills to solve problems, communicate ideas and understandings, collaborate with peers, and create meaningful products to demonstrate deep and complex learning.

    A referral must be submitted to the campus before a student can be considered for testing. 

    DIS Test Date - Referral Window has closed. 
    Contact: Ginger Canaan

    DIS GT Specialists are Ginger Canaan, Rian Schoenhals, Shannon Shabanaj, Sharon Mooring, Candice Karas, Karen Groom

    EIS Test Date -  Referral Window has closed.
    Contact: Natasha Caillet

    EIS GT Specialists are Colleen Aldridge, Natasha Calliet, Dale Suther, Sandi Newman, Danielle Miller, Abigail Stokey

    Please note: GT testing for current CISD students is for possible GT placement only and has no bearing on current math placement.

    Transfer Students: Transfer students who have previously received Gifted and Talented services will be considered for services in CISD within one month from the date of registration or within one month of the first day of school if registration occurs in the summer. Gifted and Talented records will be requested from the previous school to determine if additional assessment is required.

    G/T Testing Information

    Kindergarten Year at a Glance

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    2nd Grade Year at a Glance

    3rd Grade Year at a Glance

    4th Grade Year at a Glance