Secondary Gifted and Talented Program
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.The Pre-AP and AP courses offered in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD include:Middle School Pre-AP Courses:ELA-Seventh, Eighth gradesLiterature-Sixth, Seventh and Eighth gradesMath-Sixth, Seventh, Eighth gradesScience-Seventh, Eighth gradesSocial Studies, Eighth gradeHigh School Pre-AP and AP Course Offering for Ninth through Twelfth grades:EnglishMathScienceSocial StudiesWorld LanguagesFine Arts (Studio Art and Music Theory)Computer Science