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Advanced Academics for Grades K-5

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 provides a blended service model to support students identified as Gifted and Talented (GT) in grades K-5 at each elementary campus.

Differentiated Classroom Activities

  • GT students are served by teachers who are GT trained (30 hour basic training plus 6 hour annual update) for all core content areas (ELAR, math, science, and social studies).
  • Differentiated strategies and activities are planned by core teachers and documented weekly in lesson plans.

Pull-out Program

  • Each campus principal designates one teacher per grade level as the “GATE” teacher to work with GT identified students during the DI/RtI block three times per week.
  • GATE teachers utilize the Texas Performance Standards Projects (TPSP) as the guiding curriculum with a target of one TPSP per six weeks.  Detailed information and lesson plans are accessible at http://www.texaspsp.org/
  • GATE teachers work closely with campus librarians who will help support the research components of the TPSPs.

Chelsea Molton
Elementary Advanced Academics Coordinator