Referral Period: Teachers, parents, and others who know the child well can refer the child for GT testing at any time by completing this form. All referrals will be tracked in a district-wide spreadsheet. Students will also be screened using their MAP scores from any testing session according to FISD GT qualification policies. The referral period for 2nd grade and up will close on the last Friday in September of every school year.
Testing Period: Once the referral window has closed, the testing window will open. Students will take a series of tests and their scores will be recorded in the district-wide spreadsheet. All testing will be conducted between September and Thanksgiving break.
Qualification for Services: Students that earn qualifying scores on multiple measures will qualify for GT services. GT services are provided to secondary students through advanced sections of core classes. Students do not need to requalify each year.
Intermediate and Middle School Grades (5-8)
Starting in 5th grade, students will have the opportunity to enroll in subject-specific advanced courses. These courses will be in the core subject areas (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies). GT students will be provided services through specific clusters within the advanced classes. If there is a need, they will be able to meet with a designated GT teacher periodically (weekly, biweekly, or monthly) to receive services in the area of social and emotional development. This can be arranged via the campus counselor, GT teacher, or district administrator as needed.
In addition to core classes, GT students will be encouraged to participate in academic competitions, such as UIL. Students can also continue to take advantage of Credit by Examination to test out of courses for which the content is already known. For students who accelerate into high school level courses in intermediate or middle school (such as an 8th grader who is enrolled in Geometry), accommodations will be made to enable students to take higher-level courses.
High School Grades (grades 9-12)
Once a student reaches high school, the opportunities for a GT student grow exponentially. In addition to the advanced offerings in the core subject areas, GT students can now follow their passions in many STEM fields, career courses, creative arts, performance arts, and leadership.
Academic offerings will be similar in structure to previous grade levels. In addition to general advanced courses, GT students will be encouraged to enroll in Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses. When possible, GT students will be clustered in advanced classes. Thanks to the Forney Education Foundation, scholarships are available to students to help with the cost of AP exams and Dual Credit tuition.