Gifted and Talented Services
In Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, we strive to help every student reach his or her full potential. We believe that every student deserves to learn something new every day. As we recognize the special learning and social/emotional needs of gifted students, we provide an array of services, delivered through highly trained teachers and staff.
In kindergarten and first grade, identified GT students are served through the regular classroom where each teacher is trained in the initial 30 hours of GT training, along with 6 hour annual updates. PACE (Plan of Action for Curriculum Enrichment) teachers, teachers who are trained to work specifically with gifted students, also schedule pull-out lessons with these students as well as working with the students in their general classrooms as time allows.
All identified 2nd-5th graders are served through a 2-hour per week pull-out program called PACE. PACE enrichment curriculum at this level is designed to allow for in-depth exploration of topics and issues that require high-level thinking. The purpose of enrichment is to provide extended learning opportunities and challenges to students who have already mastered, or can quickly master, the basic curriculum.
In elementary, the GT students are clustered in groups of 5-10 in the classrooms. This gives the GT students opportunities during the week to work with other GT students in a flexible setting. Teachers use formative assessments to make decisions about grouping in their classrooms to best address the learning needs.
In Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD, secondary GT students are served through Pre-AP and AP classes. As per the Texas State Plan for the Gifted and Talented, our GT students have regular opportunities to work with their like-ability peers and have differentiated instruction to increase the depth and complexity of the curriculum within the Pre-AP and AP classes. We accomplish this through clustering (defined as 5 or more GT students in a class). This strategy allows our students to benefit from both heterogeneous and homogeneous grouping methods. GT cluster classes are not exclusively for GT students and are not comprised of all GT students. Teachers assigned to GT cluster classes have GT training including the 30 hour initial GT training, 6 hour annual GT training updates, as well as district training opportunities with other GT teachers.
In middle school, EMS ISD offers GT cluster course options in all of our Pre-AP core subjects. Sixth graders can also elect to take GT World Cultures and GT Science. In high school, clustering is scheduled by counselors and administrators within the Pre-AP/AP classes after registration.
Although EMS ISD identifies general academic giftedness, students (just like adults) have particular areas of strengths and interests. As students move into middle school and high school, it is important to realize that this is the appropriate time to specialize in specific courses and hone strengths. Our goal is to help our students explore learning opportunities in a variety of subjects and experiences as they journey through Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.