Aransas County ISD offers Advanced Academic Services, including the Gifted and Talented Program, for high-achieving students who desire to participate in advanced coursework and activities in preparation for higher education. In multiple grade levels, students identified for the Gifted and Talented Program participate in Texas Performance Standards Projects (TPSP) as addressed in the district’s Continuum of Learning Experiences.
In elementary schools all teachers are required to provide curriculum and instruction at high levels of difficulty and at high levels of complexity. Teachers use different instructional techniques to meet the instructional needs of these students. In middle and high schools, Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement classes are available to any student willing to take on the challenges of difficult coursework. All Advanced Placement course syllabi in ACISD have been approved by the College Board, as required. In addition, high school students are afforded opportunities to participate in college-level Dual Credit Courses.
Secondary GT students will participate in a mentorship program. Each secondary GT student will select a mentor who will serve as his/her academic guide throughout the year. Students will pursue a focused learning opportunity that centers on one major project that meets the individual student’s needs and desires. ACISD recognizes that our GT learners are passionate about different topics. As such, the goal is to help students focus on a self-selected area of interest and, through a one-on-one mentorship, take them through an inquiry-based process that results in a culminating product highlighting their research skills.
The Gifted and Talented Program, as part of the Advanced Academics Program, is designed to meet the general intellectual and specific academic needs of identified students in grades K-12. The program is designed to fulfill the goal of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students -- that gifted students develop "innovative products and performances that are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment" and to ensure that "students have been challenged to work at the highest levels."
Additional program information and documents:
- National Association for Gifted Children
- Texas Association for Gifted and Talented
- National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
619 N. Live Oak St
Rockport, TX 78382
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Rockport, TX 78381