You may submit a paper application to the front office of Pershing Middle School or you may email a scanned copy directly to me at
If you are not currently enrolled in HISD, please provide a copy of proof of residency which includes a current Water bill, Gas bill, Electric bill, or copy of a current lease agreement.
Applications can be picked up in the front office of Pershing or you can download a copy of the application here: School Choice - Online Application
Applications are due by December 6th at 3:50p.m.
The Gifted and Talented department of HISD is in charge of all G/T testing in the district. The testing windows are set up by Advanced Academics and testing occurs at schools that have volunteered to host the testing. Mr. Malone, tmalone2@HoustonISD.org will facilitate the testing on Pershing's Campus. This year, Pershing was selected as the pilot school for online testing. All students will test online. We are excited about one of the pilot schools.
Students not currently identified as G/T, who are zoned to Pershing, will be tested on the Pershing campus. Test dates have not been released by the campus yet.
For the 2019-2020 school year, only one testing window is being offered. Students who are tested in this window and are identified as G/T will be placed in our G/T classes the following school year. Testing dates are determined by the Gifted and Talented Department of HISD and cannot be changed or extended. If you have questions regarding the testing window you may contact HISD G/T at 713-556-6954. If you would like your child to be tested for GT services, please visit the following site click here to read information about the application process. Applications must be returned to Mr. Malone by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the Pershing campus.
The cognitive abilities test used by HISD to help identify students as G/T is a computer based test. Students will be read directions and given sample problems to ensure they understand how to complete the test. HISD only requires students to take the nonverbal portion. The nonverbal portion is broken up into three sections. Students will have 10 minutes to finish each section. In general, the total time for the test, including logging in, reading directions, sample questions, and the actual test, is approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
The nationally normed standardized test for G/T identification purposes will only be certain sections of the test. For the 2019-2020 school year, students will be required to take the English Language Arts section and the Math section. Each section of the test is timed. The approximate time for the test, including passing out materials, reading directions, and breaks, is approximately 4 to 6 hours.
Initiate recommendation through 1 of the 4 ways.
1. Parent recommendation.
2. Teacher recommendation.
4. Achieving Masters Grade Level on STAAR
Complete the G/T application by December 6th, 2019 and send it to Mr. Malone at email@example.com.
Student attends and takes both tests at Pershing Middle School.
HISD students who have already been identified as G/T by HISD and currently attend an HISD school DO NOT need testing. Students who have previously been identified as G/T retain their G/T label all the way through high school, as long as they stay in HISD. Students who leave the district for more than 60 days must be re-tested for G/T identification. (Furlough could potentially prevent this.) All current HISD 5th grade students not identified as G/T will be tested on their current HISD campus and DO NOT need further testing.
Students who are not currently enrolled in an HISD school will need to sign up for both tests.