GIFTED AND TALENTED
Nominations and screening run twice per year.
* 3rd –5th graders are nominated and screened during the fall semester.
* Kindergarten – 2nd grade students are nominated and screened during the spring semester.
There is a two-week window to submit nominations each semester (typically in September and January). Nomination dates are communicated through the Maplewood Newsletter, so if you aren’t already signed up, be sure to do so! Nomination Form: LINK
Thank you for your interest and support of the Gifted and Talented program at Maplewood Elementary School.
What kind of services does AISD offer for GT students?
The district offers services for students in grades 1st-12th in the core subject areas of language arts, social studies, math, and science. Gifted students are provided opportunities to work on advanced-level projects and activities with other gifted students in small groups and on independent study in the subject area(s) for which they have been identified for GT services. An emphasis is placed on greater depth, complexity, and pacing in the curriculum with skill development in communication, critical thinking, creativity, and research. GT teachers are provided with a variety of curricular support and resources specific for GT to support advanced-level differentiated instruction.
Will my child go to another school or class?
No, AISD uses the state model of “clustering.” Clustering means that students are grouped in classes together in their area of giftedness. All teachers at Maplewood have their 30 hours of GT foundation training. Each year, all teachers receive 6 hours of update training to expand strategies and rigor when working with GT students.
Does my nomination mean that my child will be in the GT program?
Nomination is the first step in the identification progress. Other tools help develop a portfolio of information which helps determine whether or not a child is selected for the program. Students take a standardized test with qualitative and quantitative measures. Work samples and observation check lists are developed for the portfolio.
Who decides if my child will be admitted in the GT program?
A campus decision making committee reviews the data collected for each child who was screened. The committee makes final decisions based on the analysis of collected information. If a child is not selected they can be screened again the subsequent year. A child can be screened once per year.
Will my child have to go through the identification process every year?
Once a child enters the GT program, he/she will remain in the program through all grade levels, unless exited according to AISD procedures. So, you will not need to re-nominate your previously identified student.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Maplewood’s Assistant Principal, Dr. Foss at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Parent Nomination Form