Learning and Leadership Services
Learning and Leadership Services
Gifted and Talented Program
The Seguin Independent School District is committed to offering a full array of services to gifted and talented students by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the general school program to meet each student's educational needs. SISD offers gifted and talented programs and services for students from kindergarten through high school in math, science, language arts, and social studies.

Students are identified for gifted and talented services using the following process:

Nomination - Elementary, Middle School, and High School Students
Students who are new to Seguin may be nominated for gifted and talented screening by a parent, teacher, counselor, or community member. They may also choose to nominate themselves. All students, not currently being served in the district gifted and talented program, may be nominated for screening during the spring nomination period.
Identification
Students will be tested in the following areas:
  • Achievement Tests 
  • Intelligence Tests 
  • Behavioral Checklists and Inventories 
  • Creativity Measures 
  • Student Products

Students will be placed in the gifted and talented program if they meet the district criteria in at least three out of five of the areas. Students may be identified for general intellectual ability and served in all content areas or identified and served in a specific content area.

Notification
Parents and students will be notified in writing of committee placement decisions.
Furloughs
Students who are unable to maintain satisfactory performance within the structure of the gifted and talented program may be placed on furlough by the selection committee. The purpose of a furlough is to provide the student the opportunity to attain the performance goals established by the selection committee. Furloughs may be granted for students who need a period of time when they are not participating in the gifted and talented program. Furloughs may be granted for students with conflicts in schedules, illness, or other circumstances approved by the selection committee. Furloughs may be requested by students, parents, or members of the selection committee using the furlough form in the District's gifted and talented handbook. A student may be furloughed for a period of time to be determined by the selection committee. At the end of the furlough, the student's progress shall be reassessed, and the student may re-enter the gifted program, be placed on another furlough, or exited from the program.
Exit Provisions
A student may be removed from the program at any time the committee determines it is in the student's best interest. A student may, however, be placed on probationary status in order to set goals for improvement when minimum performance standards are not met. The review committee shall determine the length of the probationary period. The probationary period will usually be from three to six weeks. During this time, the student will continue to participate in the program. If at the end of the probationary period, a majority of committee members believe the student's best interest would be served in the regular program, the student shall be exited from the gifted and talented program. All review or exit requests must be made through the principal using the exit form found in the District's gifted and talented handbook. If a student of legal age or a parent requests removal from the program in writing, the district shall honor the request after a conference with the selection committee or its representatives. A student who has been exited from the program shall not be eligible to re-enter the program until one full academic semester has passed. Students who exit the program and later request re-entry shall be screened using the established screening criteria.
Curriculum and Instruction
The curriculum for the District's gifted and talented program in the core content areas of math, language arts, social studies, and science will follow the TEKS. Each teacher plans instruction to provide depth and complexity of content to meet the needs of gifted learners.
Nomination - Kindergarten
All kindergarten students are eligible to be screened for gifted and talented services. Kindergarten students will be screened one time each year. This testing will be completed in time to begin services of identified students by March 1st.
Selection
Final selection of students who qualify for gifted and talented services will be made by a committee of teachers, administrators, and counselors who have received training in the nature and needs of gifted students.
Appeals
Parents or students may appeal any final decision of the selection committee regarding placement or removal of students from the gifted program. Appeals shall be made first to the selection committee in writing no later than fifteen (15) working days following the notification of the placement decision. The committee will respond within fifteen (15) working days. The response shall include an explanation of the committee's action and the date and time of the informal review. If the parent or student is not satisfied with the decision of the review committee at the informal review, a written request for an appeal of the decision may be made to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction within five (5) working days following the decision of the selection committee. Any subsequent appeals shall be made in accordance with FNG(Local) beginning at Level Two.
Transfers
When a student identified as gifted by a previous district transfers into the District, the student's records shall be reviewed by the selection committee to determine if placement in the District's gifted and talented program is appropriate. The committee shall make its determination within 30 days of the student's enrollment in the District and shall base its decision on the transferred records, observation reports of District teachers, student and parents. Transfer students should complete the transfer form found in the district gifted and talented handbook. This form should be sent to the district G/T coordinator within five (5) days of the student entering SISD.
Professional Development
Teachers who provide instruction and services that are part of the program for gifted and talented students have a minimum of thirty clock hours of staff development that includes nature and needs of gifted learners, assessing student needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted students. After the initial 30 hours of training, teachers receive a minimum of 6 hours of professional development annually. Counselors and administrators who have gifted/talented program decisions have a minimum of six hours of professional development that includes the nature and needs of gifted students and program options for gifted and talented students.
Assessment
All district elementary and middle school students will be given district quarterly assessments. However, identified gifted and talented students may be given the quarterly assessment any time during the quarter when the teacher feels the students have mastered the required benchmarks, as gifted students may master the required material at a faster pace than most students. This will allow time for additional learning opportunities to provide the depth and complexity required in the curriculum to meet the needs of gifted learners.