Elementary Gifted and Talented


  • 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.  Kindergarten students are provided enrichment activities throughout the school year.  The GT teacher will go into the general education classrooms providing creative and problem solving activities for students.  Kindergarten students who qualify for GT services will begin receiving pull-out instructional time after March 1.

    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 Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 8:00 am, and will close at 8:00 am sharp on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

    K-4 Contacts: 

    • CES - Emily Setford 
    • JES - Leslie Andre & Beth Paschall
    • OUES - Renea Wainwright
    • RES - Cindy Featherston
    • WGES - 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 - May 14, 2020 - GT Referral Window opens
                              May 29, 2020 - GT Referral Window closes
                              August 4, 2020 -All Students GT Testing Day 1
                              August 5, 2020 - All Students GT Testing Day 2
                              August 11, 2020 - Make Up Testing
    Contact: Ginger Canaan

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

    EIS Test Date -  Referral Window will be open May 11th - May 22nd, 2020.
                              GT Testing will be held on August 4th & 5th, 2020.
    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