Gifted and Talented Program
The Grand Prairie ISD Advanced Academics/Gifted and Talented Program is committed to ensuring that our highest ability learners are challenged to meet their potential and that curriculum and learning opportunities are in line with their needs, interests, and abilities.
Gifted Program Referrals
Referrals for GT Services is accepted from August -April with ongoing testing during that time. Contact your campus GT Specialists for more information.
GPISD Gifted and Talented Program Goals
- Implement an ongoing identification process for grades K-12 based on multiple and specific criteria that will ensure every population has an equal opportunity for nomination, screening, and selection into the program
- Provide an array of learning experiences that are appropriately differentiated and meaningfully linked to core content
- Promote creative-problem solving and divergent thinking
- Foster higher order thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation)
- Guide students to develop a healthy self awareness of what it means to be gifted and encourage them to apply their talents toward responsible service to others
- Provide ongoing training opportunities for administrators, counselors, and teachers involved in serving the needs of gifted and talented students
- Encourage students to think not only of what is, but what can be
How Does GPISD Prepare Students for Advanced Courses?
- Gifted & Talented Pull-Out
- Differentiated Curriculum
- Advanced Placement Classes
- Advanced Placement
- Dual Credit
- on Ramps
Hear From a GT Student
The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented defines a "gifted and talented" student as a child/youth 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 and who exhibits high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative or artistic area, possesses an unusual capacity for leadership, and/or excels in a specific academic field. However, I define a "gifted and talented" student as an inquisitive, unique, and capable student whose thirst for knowledge goes beyond the classroom walls.
Being a GT student honestly means the world to me. It has allowed me to not only go above and beyond in my academics, but I've also been able to forge strong relationships with other GT students and gain a deeper level of self-confidence. On my wall in my room is a bright red piece of paper I received from my GT teacher, a mantra of self-love and self-assurance printed in bold on it. I've look at that piece of paper an immeasurable amount of times now, filled with pride of the person I have become.