Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented

Frankston ISD
Gifted and Talented (GT) Program
District GT Coordinator: Melissa Wimmer  


GT Mission Statement:   

Gen ed teachers and GT staff will work together to meet academic and affective needs for each GT student that extend beyond what a regular classroom provides. This will successfully maximize life’s opportunities for every gifted child. 

Definition of Gifted Students:  

Sec. 29.121. Definition. In this subchapter, “gifted and talented student” means 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; 

  • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or 

  • excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121


Rationale for Program: 

Gifted and Talented students require challenging and differentiated curriculum, as well as affective support. Frankston ISD will provide a comprehensive GT program to enrich and challenge each student at his or her academic and affective level.  

Four Gifted and Talented Areas Served: 

  • General Intelligence- refers to students who can learn at a faster pace, master higher levels of content, and handle abstract concepts at a significantly higher level than expected given the student’s chronological age and experiences with most academic subjects. 

  • Specific Academic Ability- refers to those students who have exceptionally high achievement or potential and a high degree of interest in a specific field of study. Areas include Math/Science or Language Arts/Reading. 

  • Creative Thinking- refers to students who have advanced insight, outstanding imagination, and innovative reasoning ability. Such students possess outstanding ability to integrate seemingly unrelated information in formulating unique ideas, insights, solutions, or products. 

  • Leadership- refers to those students who possess outstanding potential, guide, inspire, direct, and demonstrated ability to exercise influence on decision-making. These students may be consistently recognized by their peers, may demonstrate leadership behavior through school and non-school activities or may evidence personal skills and abilities that are characteristic of effective leaders. 


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