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Gifted and Talented Program K-12

Definition: Gifted and Talented Students

"Gifted and Talented Students” are those who perform at or show the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment. Also, they exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas and would benefit from creative experiences beyond those normally provided by the regular school program. Students shall be identified through the use of multiple criteria as specified by the Kaufman Independent School District. The district recognizes that students identified as gifted and talented can come from all races, socio-economic groups, geographical locales, and environments.

About the Gifted and Talented Program

The special qualities and abilities of gifted children create special needs. Kaufman ISD recognizes these qualities and attempts to meet the unique needs of gifted learners and is designed to enhance their social, intellectual, and personal needs. Strategies appropriate and essential for the gifted are implemented in each class in order to provide learners with the opportunity to reach their academic potential.

Elementary (Kindergarten)

  • Gifted learners in Kindergarten are served in their classrooms with a teacher trained in gifted and talented education. Kindergarten students begin receiving services March 1.

Elementary (Grades 1 - 5)

  • Gifted learners on the elementary campuses are provided enrichment activities in classroom settings as well as pull-out classes by a GT Teacher.
  • Gifted learners participate in "STEAM."

Middle School (Grades 6 - 8) 

  • Middle school students participate in Honors and Pre-Advanced Placement courses by trained teachers.

High School (Grades 9 -12)

  • The high school campuses provide trained teachers for their Pre-AP and AP courses.

Referral and Screening  

Referrals for the gifted and talented program may be made by parents, teachers, counselors, community members or peers.

Currently, there are three screening windows during the academic school year. The first is in September for newly enrolled students who meet the following criteria: new to district, previously identified as G/T, home-schooled, or private-schooled. The second window is for Kindergarten and is from mid-November to mid-January. The last window is the open referral for students in grades 1-11. The last window begins in April and ends in mid May.

Click here to download KISD Gifted & Talented Handbook

Keys to Giftedness

Being a Parent of Gifted

Career Development and Planning Resources

You have probably been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Some students know exactly what they want to do, but most haven’t got a clue. The idea of choosing a career is scary, and it feels like the future is far away. You are busy with classes, activities, sports, and fun to think about what career you want to pursue after graduation from high school.

You will save a lot of time and money if you have a direction in life, as opposed to just finishing high school and worrying about it later. If you choose a career direction now, you can select classes and activities that will help you work toward your goals. It makes sense to have an idea of what you want to do after you graduate. Career planning is a critical step and is essential to your success.

The following resources will be helpful to you in planning for your future:

Achieve Texas

This Site has resources where you can research careers.

United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations.

College App Map

Website where you can find apps to support, inform, and coach you to and through college. Most apps are free. The App Map shows the steps you have to achieve each year in high school and college to stay on the path to success.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  I am new to Kaufman, and my child was identified as being gifted in another state/district in Texas. Is he/she automatically placed into your gifted program?

  • Because each district/state establishes its own guidelines for identification of gifted students, they are not automatically placed in our gifted and talented program. Previously identified students are assessed using KISD’s criteria.

2.  What kind of documentation do I need to provide to assist with the referral and screening process?

  • It is always helpful for parents to share any documentation with the campus counselor. The counselor will verify that your child was served in a gifted program before proceeding with assessment. National, state, and district testing information, report cards that show gifted placement and letters of acceptance into a gifted program expedite the screening process.

3.  How many students are accepted each year?

  • Identification does not involve a quota. We take all who qualify under the district guidelines.

4.  If I need information about how to refer my child for testing, who do I contact?

  • The counselor on each campus may be reached by calling the school office or through email.

Resources for Parents of Gifted Learners

Useful Links:
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page 
Texas Education Agency Gifted and Talented

Texas State Plan for the Gifted and Talented English

Texas State Plan for the Gifted and Talented Spanish