Prosper ISD Gifted/Talented Program Information
We aspire to challenge, engage and empower advanced learners to become transformative thinkers in a rapidly changing world.
In pursuit of our vision, Prosper ISD will recognize advanced learners, foster innovative thinking skills, and unlock their full potential by providing opportunities that empower them to positively contribute to communities and create a lasting impact.
What is Meant by Gifted/Talented?
Prosper ISD adheres to the Texas Education Agency's definition of a gifted and talented student: "a child or youth who performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area, possess an unusual capacity for leadership, or excels in a specific academic field."
Description of Services
The Prosper ISD Gifted Program is designed to challenge high-ability learners in order to develop critical and creative thinkers who are able to positively contribute to their community. In order to best serve these students, all Prosper teachers have gifted training and are required to earn additional hours of gifted training each year.
Elementary - Students receiving gifted services will meet regularly in a pull-out program with a campus gifted specialist. Students are also placed in a cluster group within the general education classroom.
Middle School - Based on gifted placement, students may enroll in GT English and/or math courses. These courses have the same learning objectives as their Honors counterparts, but include components that increase depth and complexity of the learning experiences in order to challenge high ability learners. Students will also receive appropriate differentiation to meet any gifted needs in their Honors science and/or social studies courses.
High School - Students receiving gifted services are clustered into Honor and AP courses. Freshman and sophomore students have the option to enroll in GT Humanities l and ll. This two-year course integrates Honors English l, AP World History, and elements of the Humanities. GT Humanities ll is available only to students who have completed GT Humanities l. Students may continue on to the junior year American Studies course. This double-blocked (two period) course integrates AP English lll, AP US History, and elements of the Humanities. Students will also receive appropriate differentiation to meet any gifted needs in their AP science and social studies courses.
Prosper ISD uses both quantitative and qualitative data to identify students for gifted program services. Ability and achievement test scores along with student work and parent and teacher input are reviewed by the placement committee. Students whose data indicates that gifted program services are required are placed in the program. For specific information related to testing, please contact the campus gifted specialist. Parents may appeal placement decisions within 20 business days of the postmarked date on the GT placement letter.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the assessment and identification process, as well as GT services in Prosper ISD, click this link.
If your student is new to Prosper ISD, and was identified as Gifted and Talented in a previous district, please submit this form.
New & Current Students:
The 23-24 referral window is now closed. Referrals will reopen during the 24-25 school year.
During the Fall semester, the district administers the CogAT test to all 2nd and 4th grade students. Although CogAT is not given to these grade levels specifically for gifted placement, the scores are used as ability data points to help determine the need for gifted services. Students may be referred and sit for any standardized ability test only once per academic year. If you have any questions about Gifted and Talented Services, please contact your campus Gifted Specialist.
Prosper I.S.D. 23-24
G/T Referral and Assessment Windows
Start of Services
01/05/24-02/02/24 (closes at 4:00 PM)
02/03/24-end of semester
01/05/24-02/02/24 (closes at 4:00 PM)
March 1, 2024
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