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GISD Gifted/Talented Services Referral Announcement for Secondary Students

GISD will begin the referral process for students in grades 6-11 on January 5, 2017. 


The referral period will begin on January 5, 2017 and end January 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM.

After referrals are submitted, consent for testing forms will be sent home. Assessment will begin in January 2017.

A student may be referred by teachers, counselors, parents, or any adult knowledgeable of the student.  Once a student is referred for assessment, a variety of information is gathered on each student.  No single test score or referral will qualify a child for G/T services.

If a person wishing to make a referral is unable to come to the school, he/she may call the school counselor and the form will be made available electronically or sent with the student.

Once all information is gathered, a Campus Selection Committee will meet to determine a student’s need for qualification.  The program focuses on developing higher order thinking skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and research skills with an emphasis in the four core academic areas. 

Click this link to learn moreParent Referral Information


If an individual wishes to refer a student for G/T qualification, he/she may request the necessary information from the student’s campus counselor or

Click here for the G/T referral formGISD G/T Referral Form  (English) or Formulario de Recomendación para los Servicios para los Estudiantes Superdotados y Talentosos del GISD (Spanish)


All forms must be completed and returned to the school counselor by 3:00 PM on January 24, 2017.

For any referrals submitted after the deadline, the adult making the referral MUST CONTACT Janet Newton, Advanced Academics Coordinator at 


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact a counselor:

Kelly Kresser (; 512-943-5040 ext. 5047) or

Holly Barrett (; 512-943-5040 ext. 6464)