Community ISD Gifted & Talented
At Community ISD we are committed to meeting the needs of all students, including this special population. Our students have many gifts and talents that range from academics to art, performance, music, and athletics. The services described below address the advanced academic needs of gifted and talented (G/T) students in the four core areas. We are committed to placing G/T students in classes that meet their needs academically, as well as nurture their gifts and talents in other areas.
The Elementary Program is a cross-curricular thematic based pullout program for students in 1st – 5th grade. Participating students will demonstrate skill in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. All projects within this program will be based upon the standards outlined in the Texas Performance Standards Project.
In Kindergarten, the classroom teacher will be properly trained to work with G/T students with the assistance of the Elementary District G/T Teacher. Our Elementary District G/T teacher will work with grades 1-5 in a small group, project based learning environment based on the individual needs of the students and grade level. Each grade level will receive the following amount of time each week in our newly designed pull out program:
Kindergarten: Provided in class with support from G/T teacher
Grades 1-2: Two hours each week
Grades 3-5: Minimum of two hours each week
Teachers are in the process of being trained to differentiate their curriculum to meet the needs of the G/T students in their classes. These teachers are trained to compact students out of the content/skills they have already mastered and move students on to new learning. In these classrooms, you will see flexible grouping, tiered instruction, centers, higher level thinking, open-ended tasks, independent study, and student choice.
Middle School Services
G/T services at our middle school campus prepare students for advanced-level work beginning in seventh grade. We have designated advanced classes that are designed to prepare students with the skills they need to be successful in advanced-level classes in high school.
In addition to these advanced classes, which will begin in seventh grade, we have a designated elective class for students that are in our G/T Program. This program will be an extension of the Project Based Learning pull out program from the elementary school, allowing students to have a fluid transition from elementary to middle school. Students will have the opportunity to work with a fully trained G/T teacher in order to make connections across various disciplines.
In order to continue in the Gifted and Talented program, students must be enrolled in at least one Advanced coursework class. There is one G/T-trained teacher in every core subject area—math, science, social studies, and language arts—on the seventh- and eighth-grade teams. These designated teachers will be required to differentiate their classes based on the needs of this special population. In these classes, students will master the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills objectives and will move on to advanced-level content. The Texas Performance Standards Project (www.texaspsp.org) will be used as a guide for the independent study projects.
High School Services
G/T services at our high school campus prepare students for college-level work. We offer Pre AP® classes that help prepare students to take college-level courses while attending high school. At the high school, we offer at least one AP® class for each of the four core subject areas.
In addition to our AP classes, we have students who can enroll in Dual Credit program with Collin County Community College.