Service Design

Service Design

According to the Texas State Plan for Gifted Education, service design for gifted learners is a flexible system of viable service options providing a research-based learning continuum that is developed and consistently implemented throughout the district to meet the needs and reinforce the strengths and interests of gifted/talented students.

It is recommended that gifted learners be grouped together for instruction in the four core content areas, at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Elementary

Grade    Minimum # of minutes for pull-out/week 
Kindergarten     90 minutes
1st Grade    90 minutes
2nd Grade    90 minutes
3rd Grade    150 minutes
4th Grade    180 minutes
5th Grade    180 minutes

GATES teachers also push in to the GT cluster classrooms to provide additional support to gifted learners and classroom teachers.

In addition to services through the GATES class, students are also served in the regular classroom through differentiation (content, process, product) in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies by a teacher with his/her 30 GT Hours and the annual 6 Hour Update.


Secondary


Secondary services are provided through a combination of GT, PreAP and Advanced Placement courses.  The array of learning opportunities emphasizes content in the four core academic areas and is commensurate with the abilities of gifted learners.  Although Northwest ISD emphasizes content in all four core academic areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) for gifted learners, students do not necessarily participate in all four areas.  Students should participate in those areas in which they have individual strengths.  That may be all four core areas, but it could be one, two, or three of the contents.  

Gifted learners in NISD’s secondary schools are clustered together for instruction in the four core content areas with teachers who have the 30 GT Hours and the annual 6 Hour Update.

Recommended coursework for gifted learners.


English

Math

Social Studies

Science

6th

GT PreAP ELA

GT PreAP Math

PreAP World Cultures

PreAP Science

7th

GT PreAP ELA

GT PreAP Math

PreAP Texas History

PreAP Science

8th

GT PreAP ELA

PreAP Algebra 1

PreAP U.S. History

PreAP Science

9th

GT PreAP English 1

PreAP Geometry

GT AP Human Geography

PreAP Biology

10th

GT PreAP English 2

PreAP Algebra 2

GT AP World History

PreAP Chemistry
AP Biology

11th

GT AP Lang

PreAP PreCalculus

GT AP U.S. History

AP Chemistry
AP Biology
AP Physics

12th

GT AP Lit

AP Calculus
AP Statistics

AP Government
AP Economics
AP European History

AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics

For a complete listing of AP courses offerings, visit Advanced Placement in NISD