GIFTED AND TALENTED (G/T) NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAM

  • Roberts Elementary has a Vanguard Neighborhood Program for students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. This program can begin in the fall of the Kindergarten year and continue through Fifth Grade. The official definition of the term "gifted" from the Texas Education Code: "Gifted and Talented student" means a child who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment. The child also
    • exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area,
    • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership, or
    • excels in a specific academic area.

    The focus of the Vanguard Program is to serve the top achieving students with a differentiated curriculum by modifying the general academic program in depth, complexity and pacing. HISD’s G/T Curriculum Framework “Scholars and Knowledge” provides a continuum of learning for G/T students. Instructional strategies that are emphasized throughout the framework are pacing and differentiating the core curriculum with concept based instruction, adding depth and complexity, independent research, interdisciplinary studies, and developing creativity. The framework includes universal concepts that are taught as part of the PYP program of inquiry. The teachers who provide instruction and services to the G/T students have a minimum of 30 clock hours of Gifted and Talented professional development. They also receive 6 hours of G/T professional development each year. 

G/T Admissions

  • Gifted and Talented (G/T) neighborhood PROGRAM

    • Roberts Elementary has a Gifted and Talented (G/T)Neighborhood program for students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. This program can begin in the fall of the Kindergarten year and continue through Fifth Grade. The official definition of the term "gifted" from the Texas Education Code: "Gifted and Talented student" means a child who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment. The child also
      • exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area,
      • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership, or
      • excels in a specific academic area.

    The focus of the G/T Program is to meet the needs of identified gifted and talented students with a differentiated curriculum by modifying the general academic program in depth, complexity and pacing. The teachers who provide instruction and services to the G/T students have a minimum of 30 clock hours of Gifted and Talented professional development. They also receive 6 hours of G/T professional development each year. 

    G/T ADMISSIONS

    • All applicants are evaluated on multiple criteria, including: ability and achievement testing, teacher recommendation, and report card grades. A student qualifies or does not qualify based on the completion of the district approved G/T Identification Matrix. All Kindergarten students and 5thgrade students not previously identified as G/T will be universally evaluated for G/T services, after receiving the results of the abilities test and achievement test. 

     

    G/T testing for students in 1st-4th grade not yet identified as G/T will take place between December 1, 2018 - January 12, 2019.  This is the ONLY window for G/T testing for students in grades 1st-4th grade. Parents who want their child in 1st – 4th grade considered for the Roberts Neighborhood G/T Program must complete a G/T Neighborhood Programs Application available at reception, school office or online. Applications are due by Friday, December 7, 2018.  Additional information regarding the GT admissions process will be communicated through the Roberts website and Roberts Front Page. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact the school. 

     

    The G/T Neighborhood program is under the direction of the HISD Gifted and Talented Department. All G/T Neighborhood program procedures are HISD board approved (HISD School Guidelines) and aligned with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.