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Where Students Come First

About The Gifted & Talented Academy

Terrell Independent School District recognizes the individual differences in abilities, needs, and interests of the school population it serves. A sound instructional program for TISD students includes provision for gifted and talented learners. These students benefit from instruction that develops and challenges their unique capabilities in an atmosphere that fosters creativity and productivity. Recognizing that gifted students possess distinct characteristics and needs, Terrell ISD is committed to providing a quality, optimal educational experience for each gifted and talented student.


Definition: Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted and Talented students are those who perform at or show the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area, possess an usual capacity for leadership, and/or excel in a specific academic field.  


Students shall be identified through the use of multiple criteria as specified by the Terrell Independent School District. The District recognizes that students identified as gifted and talented are from all races, socio-economic groups, geographical locales, and environments.


Gifted Education in Texas

In 1977, the Texas Legislature passed its first legislation concerning the education of gifted students. In 1979, state funds for providing services to gifted children were made available, but providing such services was optional for school districts. In 1987, The Texas Legislature mandated that all school districts must identify and serve gifted students at all grade levels. In 1990, The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted & Talented Students was adopted, and in 1999 the Texas Performance Standards Project for Gifted & Talented Students was created. Today, Texas educators are committed to meeting the unique needs of gifted students and to expanding the ways we do so.


Campus Participation

Children from all TISD elementary schools participate in the Gifted & Talented Academy. Specialized teachers serve the students each day and transportation is provided through Goldstar Transit. The Academy staff includes:


  • Charis Bailey: First and Second Grade

  • Melissa Daugherty: Third-Sixth Grade

  • Mary Hickman: G&T Paraprofessional

  • Kathy Stokes: Third-Sixth Grade

  • Bronwyn Vaughan: Program Director


Terrell ISD gifted program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to be challenged beyond the existing instructional program.


Elementary: Identified gifted students in 1st – 5th grades are grouped together (clustered) in a regular education classroom at their home campus with a teacher who has completed the following 30-hour G/T training, including yearly G/T professional development:


  • Nature and Needs

  • Identification and Assessment

  • Models of Differentiated Instruction

  • Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Design

  • Advanced Products and Performance

  • Professional Development Requirements


Identified students also spend a portion of every school day at the Gifted & Talented Academy.  Academy teachers have completed their 30-hour G/T training and are also state certified in gifted education.


The Academy program is designed to develop the gifted students’ thinking skills. Through the use of interdisciplinary curriculum, the Academy students are challenged to develop their own questions and problem solving techniques.


Secondary:  Gifted Students at Furlough Middle School are offered services through the four core subjects and served through Pre-AP classes. High School students are served through Advanced Placement (AP) classes and are provided the exciting opportunity to participate in the dual credit program facilitated through Trinity Valley Community College.


2018-2019 Handbook


2016-2017 Community Resource Guide - English

2016-2017 Community Resource Guide - Spanish


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