AISD Goals for Identified Gifted and Talented Students

  • To encourage creativity through independent, self-directed learning and the development of research-based advanced-level products and performances
  • To develop critical and creative thinking skills
  • To encourage the capacity for leadership
  • To promote self-confidence and self-evaluation skills
  • To guide students to see original solutions to problems, relying on decision-making skills and an appreciation of research and advanced levels of content
  • To develop artistic skills that possess breadth, depth and quality

State Definition of Gifted and Talented

19 TAC Chapter 89.1 (1) A child or youth who performs or shows potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience or environment and who:

  1. Exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative or artistic area;
  2. Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  3. Excels in a specific academic field

Characteristics of Gifted Students

  • Enjoys challenge
  • Has a keen sense of humor
  • Is curious innovative, playful with ideas
  • May tend to be a loner at times
  • Has high expectations of self and others which may lead to frustration
  • Generates multiple solutions to problems
  • Is sensitive
  • Energetically pursues passions and interests
  • Has an usual ability to memorize, although may bore with rote memorization
  • Enjoys reading; may read at an early age; exhibits knowledge of what is read
  • Forms abstract ideas and solutions, perhaps at an early age
  • Thinks and acts independently
  • Tends to assume responsibility, displays extraordinary leadership skills
  • Explores interests that are typically not associated with age-level peers
  • Prefers complex tasks
  • Comprehends advanced ideas, concepts, implications
  • May struggle with own uniqueness, feel lonely or isolated
  • Improvises with common materials
  • Incorporates richness of imagery in writing, speaking
  • May rebel against insignificant or irrelevant expectations or assignments
  • Expends considerable time and energy pursuing talents and special interests