• Secondary Gifted and Talented Program

    In Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD, secondary GT students are served through Advanced and Advanced Placement (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 Advanced 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.  

    EMS ISD offers Advanced courses in all core content areas for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.  GT students who enroll in Advanced courses are clustered.  Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade identified GT students and students who earn the Masters/Advanced level of STAAR Reading will also have the opportunity to enroll in Humanities courses.  Additional information regarding these course offerings may be accessed via the following links: 

     6th Grade Humanities Presentation

     6th Grade Parent Letter

     6th Grade Student Survey - Please discuss your student's answers with them and use the results as a consideration when deciding the best course registration decision for your family.  

     7th Grade Humanities Presentation

     In high school, GT students are clustered in Advanced and AP 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 Advanced/AP Courses:

    ELA - Sixth, Seventh, Eighth grades
    Literature - Sixth, Seventh, Eighth grades
    Math - Sixth, Seventh, Eighth grades, Algebra I
    Science - Sixth, Seventh, Eighth grades
    Social Studies - Sixth, Seventh, Eighth grades
    AP Spanish - Eighth grade 
    High School Advanced and AP Course Offerings for Ninth through Twelfth grades:
    Social Studies
    World Languages
    Fine Arts (Studio Art and Music Theory) 
    Computer Science