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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.



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 services are provided through a combination of GT, Honors, 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 middle school can also have an elective, GT Explorations, that they can take. In Explorations, students discover what it means to be gifted and how their gifts impact their relationships with others.  Students will also discover how they can influence their community and have an impact on the world around them.

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 ELA GT Compacted Advanced Math Honors World Cultures Honors Science
7th GT ELA GT Advanced Math Honors Texas History Honors Science
8th GT ELA GT Algebra 1 Honors U.S. History Honors Science
9th GT English 1 GT Geometry GT AP Human Geography Honors Biology
10th GT English 2 GT Algebra 2 GT AP World History

Honors Chemistry

AP Biology

11th GT AP Lang Honors PreCalculus GT AP U.S. History

AP Chemistry

AP Biology

AP Physics

12th GT AP Lit

AP Calculus

AP Statistics

GT AP Government

GT AP Economics

AP European History

AP Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics