Temple ISD offers a continuum of educational opportunities for identified gifted and talented students with advanced academic needs from kindergarten through grade 12. Kindergarten students are identified through a prescreening and nomination process that begins in the fall. Identified kindergarteners begin services by March 1 through their classroom teacher.
TISD offers a blended service model for gifted and talented students in grades 1 through 5. Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) classes are provided one day a week with grade-level peers at the Little Wildcat GATE Center located at Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy. Additionally, these students receive accelerated instruction opportunities through GT certified content area teachers at their home campuses.
At the GATE Center, classes will involve challenging gifted students with advanced curriculum, increased depth and pacing, involving students in collaborative projects, independent research and providing exposure to professionals from various fields. Students will be given opportunities to present to authentic audiences and encouraged to develop real world connections.
Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy
1717 E. Ave J