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Gifted and Talented Program for Elgin ISD Students

Jan 26, 2024

Learn more about Elgin ISD’s Gifted and Talented program offered to students in grades Kinder through 12th.

The Gifted and Talented program provides an environment for students to work with their cognitive peers. According to the Gifted and Talented Program Handbook, “Elgin ISD defines gifted and talented as any child or youth in grades K-12 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 

1) Exhibits high-performance capability in general intellectual ability; or

2) Excels in one or more specific academic fields: math, science, language arts, and/or  social studies”  

The handbook also outlines the program goals for Gifted and Talented services:

1) IDENTIFICATION - Identify students in grades K-12 who demonstrate an academic need for gifted services using the criteria established by the district, approved by the board,  and in compliance with the state mandates. 

2) SELF-DIRECTED LEARNERS - Develop the students' capacities to become self-directed and to be confident in their ability to research and process information and to create and communicate their findings as they produce and present advanced-Ievel products or performances as well as products and performances of professional quality at the high school exit level. 

3) COMPLEX THINKING SKILLS - Enhance and refine the abstract and complex thinking and reasoning of these students through more sophisticated creative and critical thinking activities as they reflect and refine their own thinking processes. 

4) APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES - Provide students with multiple opportunities to participate in learning experiences using advanced content (within the four core areas), which are defensibly differentiated in depth, complexity and range through modification to content and/or process and/or product. Students will be able  to work independently, with groups of other gifted students, and with groups of non 

gifted peers. 

To learn more about the Gifted and Talented program, click here

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