Philosophy of the MCISD Gifted/Talented Program, K-12
The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students indicates five categories of giftedness: general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creativity, leadership, and visual/performing arts. Mission CISD serves students who are currently identified as advanced intellectually and academically. Their giftedness may surface as an outstanding aptitude in one or more of the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, or in their ability to process information more rapidly with greater depth and complexity. MCISD is committed to meeting the needs of all the children in its schools, including those of high academic/intellectual ability whose needs may not be met by the regular curriculum.
The Gifted/Talented program seeks to provide an appropriate match between a child's ability, interest, and motivation, while providing the educational opportunities that can nurture these qualities to the highest degree. Students in the K-12 Gifted/Talented program interact with trained teachers who recognize the students' special needs. The teachers design and implement instruction to meet those needs. In recognizing the special educational needs of these children and by providing for those needs, MCISD seeks to encourage gifted/talented children to continue in the lifelong development and acquisition of knowledge as they become adults, and to become responsible contributors of their community and society.
This program guide outlines the defined areas of gifted education in which MCISD offers gifted education services. The belief is that the nature and unique needs established by this document provide the basis for differentiated curriculum, instruction, and assessment of the gifted learners.
Teachers serving advanced learners through the gifted and talented program, Pre-Advanced Placement program, and Advanced Placement Program may access the 2016-2017 curriculum resources using the district gmail account (firstname.lastname@example.org) through the following links: