Application Process

  • Grand Prairie ISD School for the Highly Gifted Online Application Guide for the 2019-2020 School Year (Print Version - PDF)

    GRAND PRAIRIE ISD SCHOOL FOR THE HIGHLY GIFTED
    Online Application Guide for the 2019-2020 School Year

    Students must qualify for placement in the School for the Highly Gifted (SHG).  Admission to SHG is a two-tiered process, which includes pre-screening and final screening.  Students must meet pre-screening benchmarks (of two scores on an approved aptitude test of 130 or above) in order to proceed to the final screening step.  All interested applicants (in-district and out-of-district) must apply online for the SHG at www.gpisd.org during the application window and by no later than December 21, 2018.

     IN-DISTRICT APPLICANTS (Students not yet identified GT)

    • In-district students will be considered for placement into the School for the Highly Gifted through the district GT Program. If a student is not yet identified for GT Program services, the first step in determining eligibility is to nominate a student for GT testing at their home campus.
    • Any parent can nominate a student for the Gifted Program by contacting the GT Specialist at their child’s elementary or middle school.
    • Students must qualify for the Gifted Program to be eligible to apply for the School for the Highly Gifted.
    • Score information for all students tested in the current year in each applicable grade level (K-7th) is automatically screened.
    • Identified GT students who meet the pre-screening benchmarks (of 130 or higher on two subtests and/or composite scores on an approved aptitude test) through their GT testing will be invited to apply for the SHG and to participate in the final screening step.
    • Only students who meet pre-screening benchmarks will advance to final testing.
    • The parents of students who meet pre-screening criteria through their GT testing will be contacted in the second semester with scheduled testing dates/times.
    • No fees will be charged for testing GPISD students for the SHG.

    IN-DISTRICT APPLICANTS (Identified GT Students)

    • Identified GT students who meet the pre-screening benchmarks (of 130 or higher on two subtest and/or composite scores on an aptitude test) through their GT testing may apply for SHG and will automatically advance to the final screening step. (Note:  GT scores must have been administered within two calendar years of the application date to be accepted for pre-screening purposes.)
    • Identified GT students who did not meet pre-screening benchmarks with their GT placement scores will have an opportunity to re-test.
    • Parents of GT students in applicable grade levels must complete an online application for the SHG during the application window and by no later than December 21, 2018.
    • Only students who meet pre-screening benchmarks will advance to final testing.
    • The parents of eligible applicants will be contacted with testing dates/times early in the second semester.
    • No fees will be charged for testing GPISD students for the SHG.
    • IMPORTANT: Students may re-test for the SHG once every other year, so students tested in the spring of 2017 would be eligible for re-screening in the spring of 2019.  Students tested in the spring of 2018 would be eligible for re-screening in the spring of 2020.

    OUT-OF-DISTRICT APPLICANTS

    • Applications will be accepted for students currently in grades K-7th during the fall 2018 application window for the School for the Highly Gifted. Kindergarten students must be at least five years old to apply.
    • Parents of out-of-district students must go online and complete an application for the School for the Highly Gifted at gpisd.org during the application window (by no later than December 21, 2018). Once the application has been submitted, parents have two options for their child to meet pre-screening benchmarks required to advance to the final testing phase:
      • The first option is to submit qualifying pre-screening scores of 130 or higher on two subtests and/or composite scores on an approved nationally-normed aptitude test conducted by an accredited district or private school. Scores must be in the form of an official score report or emailed/faxed directly from the prior school to be considered.  Scores must have been administered within two calendar years of the application date to be accepted.
      • Prior GT testing documents may be uploaded into the online application, submitted in person to the GPISD Advanced Academics Department at 2602 S. Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie, TX 75052, or emailed to Tina Moore, Director of Advanced Academics at moore@gpisd.org.    
      • The second option is to participate in pre-screening through the GPISD Advanced Academics Department.
    • All out-of-district students will be charged a non-refundable fee of $100 to cover the cost of test materials and proctors for screening. Out-of-district applicants will receive information via email regarding an online option to pay the $100 fee or may submit the fee in person to the GPISD Advanced Academics Department at 2602 S. Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie, TX    
    • While all applications must be submitted online by December 21, 2018, all GT testing documentation (and any Special Program support documentation) and fees must be submitted no later than January 18, 2019 in order to be considered.
    • Only students who meet pre-screening benchmarks (two subtest and/or composite scores of 130 or higher on an approved cognitive test) will advance to final testing.
    • Parents will be contacted early in the second semester with scheduled testing dates/times for pre-screening and/or final testing.
    • IMPORTANT: Students may re-test for the SHG once every other year, so students tested in the spring of 2017 will be eligible for re-screening in the spring of 2019.  Students tested in the spring of 2018 would be eligible to test again in the spring of 2020.   

    IMPORTANT NOTE FOR BOTH IN-DISTRICT AND OUT-OF-DISTRICT APPLICANTS:  While outside test scores may be used to meet pre-screening benchmarks, only in-house testing conducted in Grand Prairie ISD by a licensed district diagnostician or psychologist will be accepted for final placement.       

    QUESTIONS? Contact Tina Moore, Director of Advanced Academics
    Tina.moore@gpisd.org            
    972-237-4032 / 972-237-4034