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The special qualities and abilities of gifted children create special needs. The Gifted and Talented program recognizes these qualities and attempts to meet the unique needs of gifted learners and is designed to enhance their social, intellectual, and personal needs. Strategies appropriate and essential for the gifted are implemented in each class in order to provide learners with the opportunity to reach their academic potential.

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Elementary (K-5)

The Elementary Gifted and Talented program is a pullout program that serves the needs of gifted students in Frisco ISD. The Elementary GT program allows our identified gifted students the opportunity to work together weekly with the campus GT teacher.

  • Kindergarten – 1 hour/week (Starting in March)

  • 1st and 2nd grades – 1 hour/week

  • 3rd grade – 1 ½ hours/ week

  • 4th and 5th grades – 2 hours/week

Frisco ISD’s elementary GT curriculum is a skills-based curriculum. A variety of topics and thematic units are utilized to address learning objectives at each grade level. The objectives in each unit for each grade level are research-based thinking skills which cover a number of aptitudes in five broad areas: critical thinking, creative thinking, metacognition, affective development, and research. The progression of these objectives is grade-level appropriate and spans Kindergarten through fifth grade. The structure and rigor of the curriculum for each grade level ensures that FISD provides a consistent GT pullout curriculum across the district.

Additionally, at the elementary level, identified gifted students in 1st – 5th grades are grouped together (clustered) in a regular education classroom with a teacher who has completed the following GT training as well as yearly training updates:

  • Nature and Needs of Gifted Learners

  • Identification, Assessment and Service Design for Gifted Learners

  • Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners

  • Designing Curriculum for Gifted Learners

  • Setting the Standards for Gifted Learners

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Frisco ISD’s middle school GT ILA curriculum is a skills-based curriculum that challenges students to reach their academic potential. The objectives in each grade level are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), but GT ILA often moves through the basic skills more quickly, compacting the information and moving beyond the basic requirements.

GT ILA students study writing, reading, Greek and Latin stems, and grammar at a more in-depth level than Pre-AP and on-level classes. Lessons are designed with the gifted and talented learner in mind. The structure and rigor of the curriculum for each grade level ensures that FISD provides a guaranteed and viable curriculum across the district. When possible, GT teachers give the students choice on assessments and projects that allow the students to tap into their gifts/talents and passions for particular topics of interest. When applicable, special attention is given to the social and emotional needs of this special needs population.

The middle school GT department utilizes a research-based, systematic approach to grammar instruction that is responsive to the academic needs of gifted students. Beginning in sixth grade and progressing through eighth grade, this approach:

  • supports depth and complexity

  • increases the development of analytical and creative writing skills

  • helps students build a better command of syntax

  • improves students’ use of language--both spoken and written

  • supports writing development across content areas

  • aligns with the state curriculum, and

  • prepares students for rigorous standardized assessments and future professional endeavors

The middle school GT department utilizes a research-based, systematic approach to vocabulary instruction that is responsive to the academic needs of gifted students. This includes the study of Greek and Latin stems. Beginning in sixth grade and progressing through eighth grade, this approach:

  • supports depth and complexity

  • increases reading comprehension

  • helps students decode words

  • improves students’ use of language

  • supports vocabulary development across content areas

  • aligns with the state curriculum, and

  • prepares students for rigorous ACT and SAT assessments

High School (Grades 9-12)

GT Humanities

GT Humanities I will be offered in Frisco ISD beginning in the 2015-2016 school year and will begin with 9th graders who are identified as gifted and talented. GT Humanities II will be offered starting the following school year, 2016-2017. Both of these courses will be designated for students identified as gifted and talented.

GT Humanities I / Pre-AP English I
and GT Humanities II / AP World History are courses that provide gifted students with opportunities not available through regular or advanced classes. The courses combine Pre-AP English I with AP World History in a two-year interdisciplinary spiral. The basic content is a historical study of the commonalities of the fine arts, including literature, the visual arts, architecture, and music. Students will learn and practice the craft of writing through various products, including AP style writing. Literature from a variety of world traditions will also be a key focus. Beginning in 2016-17, ninth and tenth grade students will sit in the same class while earning credit in separate courses; ninth graders will earn Pre-AP English I credit while tenth graders will earn AP World History credit. At the conclusion of GT Humanities II, students can sit for the AP World History exam to possibly earn college credit.

ISM

Juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for participation in the Independent Study & Mentorship Program (ISM).

Independent Study & Mentorship (ISM) - (1 credit) 11th and 12th grade
Prerequisite: Application Process, Interview, and Teacher Approval

Frisco ISD’s Independent Study and Mentorship Program (ISM) at our high schools is designed for junior and senior students. Students who want to take ISM go through a selection and application process and are chosen to participate in this exciting, rigorous elective. They select careers or topics of study, and the ISM teacher helps students narrow and focus this topic of study. Students conduct informational interviews with professionals in this chosen field and from this process, they carefully choose a mentor with whom to work for the remainder of the year (usually second semester). The ISM teacher guides and helps the students with this important interview and mentor selection process. The course includes intense research, original idea generation, original product design, and written analysis of research. Furthermore, the ISM teacher works with the students on professionalism, time management, effective oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, interviewing, resume writing, and goal setting to help prepare these students for success in their mentorship experience and in life after high school. The ISM teacher follows each student's progress closely, communicates often with mentors, and makes sure each student stays task committed.

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