Gifted and TalentedProgram Design
According to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students, programming options must enable identified gifted and talented students to work together, work with other students, and to work independently throughout the entire school year. Classroom teachers provide differentiated curriculum in the four core content areas: language arts, science, social studies and mathematics with an emphasis on depth, complexity, critical thinking, creative problem solving, research, and social-emotional development.
Lake Worth ISD provides a continuum of services for gifted and talented students designed to address their unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs by providing opportunities to:
- Develop capacities to become self-directed learners who are confident in their abilities to conduct sophisticated research, synthesize their findings to produce and present advanced products and/or performances for authentic audiences;
- Enhance abstract reasoning and thinking skills through more complex creative and critical thinking activities as they reflect and refine their own thinking processes;
- Participate in challenging learning experiences utilizing advanced-level concepts which are defensibly differentiated in depth, complexity and pacing through modification of content, process and/or product; and
- Have opportunities to work independently, with groups of other gifted students, and with groups of non-gifted peers throughout the day and the school year.
Kindergarten: Kindergarten students identified for services by March 1st, will receive 30 minutes per week of LEAP pull-out instruction with the Gifted/Talented Specialist.
1st - 5th Grade: Identified 1st and 2nd grade students participate in the pull-out program and work with the Gifted/Talented Specialist for a minimum of 1-hour per week. Students in 3rd-5th grade will participate in the LEAP pull-out program for a minimum of 2-hours per week.
6th - 12th Grade: Gifted and Talented students will receive services through the Advanced Academics Program including differentiated instruction in honors classes or Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP courses.
Credit by Exam: Elementary grade level acceleration and secondary course credit is available for students who qualify through the Credit by Exam (CBE) eligibility process available through the Advanced Academics Program.