Home Open Campus Menu Service Model Page ContentKeller ISD Gifted and Talented Service ModelAccording to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, “Gifted/talented students are ensured opportunities to work together as a group, work with other students, and work independently during the school day as well as the entire school year as a direct result of gifted/talented service options” (19 TAC 89.3(1)).Foundation for Learning:Differentiated Instruction for the Gifted and TalentedDifferentiated instruction includes components of lessons that modify for the most appropriate content, instructional processes, products or assessments, or affective and environmental considerations for learning. The Gifted and Talented Cluster groups are established for each core content area in the General Education classroom with the General Education teacher. Students in the GT Cluster receive instruction on content within the district curriculum that is differentiated by the General Education teacher to present learning experiences aligned to their abilities.Elementary School / Intermediate School Services (Grades K-6)Students identified as Gifted and Talented in Grades K-6 are clustered within their homerooms in the General Education setting. Homeroom teachers who have received 30 hours of Gifted and Talented professional development differentiate instruction to ensure appropriately challenging learning opportunies within the content area and employ strategies such as flexible pacing and grouping, tiered instruction, and extension activities. The campus GT Specialist meets with Gifted and Talented students weekly during Excel (pull-out model) to provide activities designed to address the unique learning and social-emotional needs of gifted students. GT Specialists facilitate the growth of students as independent, self-directed learners, with the development of skills, concepts, and positive attitudes within the cognitive, emotional, and social domains. Campus GT Specialists assist general education classroom teachers with the implementation of instructional strategies in the content areas (push-in model). Students in Grades 3-6 are encouraged to pursue areas of interest in selected disciplines through guided and independent research leading to the development of advanced-level products and/or performances. The 21st-Century skills of innovation, communication, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and information/media/ technological literacy are reinforced as KISD’s gifted learners become lifelong learners. Middle School / High School Services (Grades 7-12)Gifted and Talented students in Grades 7-12 will continue to receive services through differentiated instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP courses offered at their campues. All GT middle school and high school students are encouraged to enroll in AP and Pre-AP courses each year. The AP Program allows students to participate in college level courses and potentially earn college credit while still attending high school. The Pre-AP Program serves as a preparatory program designed to provide students with the necessary skills to be successful in AP courses.All Pre- AP and AP teachers attend professional development in their specified content areas, in addition to the academic, social, and emotional needs of Gifted and Talented students and the identification and assessment of gifted students. These teachers also receive additional training in instruction and differentiation for gifted learners. Credit-by-Exam for Acceleration, Dual Credit, Correspondence Courses, and Distance Learning are further options for secondary gifted students to earn credit through accelerated and/or enriched study.All Keller ISD High Schools offer College Board approved Advanced Placement courses (Course offerings vary by campus. Click here to view the most current Course Offerings).Middle School and High School GT students with gifted identification in specific academic fields have the option to participate in homogeneous-grouped classes in the core content areas. Gifted and Talented Pre-AP English-Language Arts is offered to middle school GT students in Grades 7 and 8. Expansion of GT Pre-AP course offerings will occur in upcoming school years.Distinguished Achievement Plan DiplomaGifted and advanced learners can consider the Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP) high school diploma. The DAP requires rigorous course work and the completion of four advanced measures. High School students are encouraged to speak with their counselors for more information on the DAP diploma. Academic Acceleration (K-12)Keller ISD students in Grades K-12 will be afforded the opportunity to accelerate through courses in which they have received no prior instruction. K-12 Acceleration Pathways include options for accessing advanced grade-level curriculum and instruction and online coursework. Assessment opportunities for Credit by Exam (CBE) will be offered at designated times of the school year. Students and parents interested in more information on the Acceleration Pathways can contact campus counselors or click here.