Gifted & Talented

  • GISD gifted and talented students need a qualitatively differentiated program that is advanced, complex, and in-depth. The core purpose of the Gainesville ISD’s gifted program is to facilitate the optimal development of each student’s intellectual and creative gifts and talents. The program emphasizes the identification of gifted and talented students beginning in kindergarten. Students may be nominated for evaluation throughout the school year.

GT Information

  • GT Handbook
  • What is gifted?
  • ¿Qué es dotado?

Philosophy

  • Gainesville Independent School District recognizes students from all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups, regardless of existing handicaps or disabilities, who may demonstrate an exceptional ability in academic or divergent thinking. 

    In accordance with the Texas Education Code 29.12, Gainesville Independent School District defines “gifted and talented” as a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who exhibits high-performance capability, or excels in a particular academic field. It is the goal of GISD to ensure all such students are provided with a variety of educational experiences which support their individual potential for excellence. 

    Gainesville Independent School District has adopted policies and designed programs to address the unique needs of those students identified by a local review committee as needing additional services through our gifted and/or talented program. Identified gifted and talented students are provided with ongoing educational services through the district’s gifted/talented programs and services. 

Referral Process & Timeline

  • Each year, there is a window of time in which referrals are accepted for testing for the Gifted & Talented program.  For the 2022 - 2023 year, the referral window is from November 1- November 18.  Please return to this page at that time to complete the requirements. 
    Step 1: Complete the online google referral form.
    Step 2: Print and complete the permission to test form and return to your child's campus no later than Friday, November 18.