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.
For the 2018-2019 school year, EMS ISD will offer Pre-AP courses in all core content areas for sixth, seventh, and eight grade students. GT students who enroll in Pre-AP courses are clustered. Sixth and Seventh grade identified GT students and students who earn the Masters/Advanced level of STAAR Reading will also have the opportunity to enroll in two new GT Humanities courses: 6th Grade GT/Advanced Humanities in Social Studies/Literature and 7th Grade GT/Advanced Humanities English Language Arts and Literature. Additional information regarding these course offerings may be accessed via the following links:
In high school, GT students are clustered in Pre-AP and Advanced Placement courses as the schedule allows. 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.
Middle School Pre-AP/AP Courses:ELA-Sixth, Seventh, Eighth gradesLiterature-Sixth, Seventh,Eighth gradesMath-Sixth, Seventh, Eighth grades, Algebra IScience-Sixth, Seventh, Eighth gradesSocial Studies, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth grades
AP SpanishHigh School Pre-AP and AP Course Offering for Ninth through Twelfth grades:EnglishMathScienceSocial StudiesWorld LanguagesFine Arts (Studio Art and Music Theory)Computer Science