WHAT ARE the ADVANCED ACADEMICS (AdA) and
GIFTED and TALENTED (GT) PROGRAMS? IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Advanced Academics includes education for Referrals for the Gifted and Talented Program by any
students, K-12, who need to be taught at a faster adult (gr. K-12) or student (Gr. 6-12 only) MUST be
pace and/or at a more complex level than their submitted to the campus counselor by Nov. 24, 2009.
peers in order to thrive educationally.
November 9-24, 2009- Referral Window
In elementary schools: Jan. 11-29, 2010- G/T Identification Testing
All classrooms address the needs of ad- Window for All Nominated Students
vanced learners. Feb. 26, 2010- Parents Notified
The Gifted and Talented (GT) program
identifies students who require a teacher with Services begin for Kindergarteners on March 1,
extra training to meet the content, instructional, 2010 and for Students in Grades 1-12 in the fall of
and emotional needs of gifted students. 2010.
G/T Students participate in an enrich-
ment pullout program called PFLEX—
Pflugerville Learning Extensions.
At middle and high school: For further information, please
Students may choose Advanced Place-
ment (Pre-AP and AP) courses.
contact your student’s campus
counselor or PFLEX instructor
GT identified students are served inside
the Pre-AP and AP courses by GT trained
G/T Coordinator Academics
teachers. at 594-0124
At middle school, G/T students have the including
opportunity to participate in the G/T enrichment
A DV AN CE D A C A DE MI CS P R O-
GR A M for
MI SSI ON ST AT E ME NT
The mission of Pflugerville ISD Advanced Pflugerville ISD Advanced Academics Program is offered
Gifted and Talented
Academics Program is to identify potential high
academic students and provide them with oppor-
without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, dis-
ability, or those with limited English speaking skills. None of
the above will pose a barrier to admission or participation.
1) Academic rigor, depth, and breadth
3) College Preparation
4) Nurturing healthy social and emotional
QUESTION: Is my student a candidate to be Transfer students unable to provide test data QUESTION: What does the term, “differentiated
identified as gifted and talented? from their previous school will be placed in standard instruction for advanced learning,” mean?
A gifted and talented student is one who exhib- classes and may be nominated for screening during Lessons are more complex and abstract
its: the next screening window. Focus on critical and creative thinking
High verbal, quantitative, or spatial ability Varied learning environments
Many identified gifted characteristics and QUESTION: When does screening occur? Students have product choices
Great potential in one or more academic Kindergarten – (Nov. – Feb.) - identifies stu- Students delve deeply into topics
fields dents for services in March, 2010 Rate of lessons may increase
Grades 1-12 – (Nov. – Feb.) - identifies stu- Encourage Advanced Academic students
QUESTION: How does Pflugerville ISD identify dents for services the next school year. to:
students as gifted and talented? (See ba ck of b roch ure for speci fic d ue da tes.) Question, investigate and research
Step One- An adult or student (gr. 6-12) may Use effective interpersonal skills
nominate students. Forms are available in cam- Develop personal responsibility
QUESTION: Once students are identified, what hap-
pus offices. for learning
Step Two - Nominated students will be evalu- Develop leadership skills.
Kindergarten - GT students remain in their
ated using a variety of information:
assigned classrooms. Content of lessons is deepened
CogAT Intelligence Test, K-12 Advanced Academic instruction does not
and extended, and instruction is differentiated to
Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test mean more busy work. Students will work on
match the needs of advanced students. All Kindergar-
Scales for Identifying Gifted Students more complex assignments.
ten teachers are GT trained. GT students participate in
PFLEX enrichment class.
Student product rating QUESTION: What if a student does not qualify?
1st - 5th grades - GT students are clustered in
Step Three - Campus G/T Committee will meet The academic needs of all students should be
small groups within a standard classroom with a GT-
to evaluate student’s project following met whether identified for GT or not. Students
trained teacher. Content of lessons is deepened and
Pflugerville ISD district guidelines for identifi- not qualifying may be renominated and reevalu-
extended, and instruction is differentiated to match
cation. ated the following school year. Students may be
the needs of advanced students. GT students partici-
Step Four – Parents will be notified by letter of evaluated two years in a row. Then, they must
pate in PFLEX enrichment class.
their student’s qualification or non-qualification wait a year before being reevaluated a third time.
6th – 12th grades - GT students are clustered
within Pre-Advanced Placement classes (6th - 12th)
QUESTION: How will Pflugerville ISD commu-
QUESTION: What about students who were and Advanced Placement classes (9th-12th). Pre-AP nicate with parents of GT students?
identified in another district and transfer into courses use standard content with advanced strategies District Website
PISD? and critical thinking skills. AP courses use college PFLEX teacher website
Students identified in another school or district level curriculum, advanced strategies, and critical Parent/School Meetings
must meet Pflugerville ISD’s criteria. thinking skills. High school students may also choose
Students arriving in PISD with identifica- to participate in the Distinguished Achievement Pro-
tion records from sending district will be placed gram (DAP), and/or participate in individual studies
in a GT cluster classroom pending PISD’s next with a mentor teacher. G/T students in Gr. 6-8 have
available identification window. These students the opportunity to participate in G/T PFLEX elective.
will then be automatically screened.