What Does it mean to be gifted?

  • Texas Definition of Gifted and Talented

    A "gifted and talented student" means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code 29.121)


    Federal Definition of Gifted and Talented

    Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth exhibit high performance capacity in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, and unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields. They require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools.  Outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. U.S. Department of Education (1993). 

LEISD Gifted & Talented Education

  • Gifted & Talented Services at LEISD Little Elm ISD serves students identified as gifted and talented in the following manner:

    Grades K-5: Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are served through Little Elm's GT Program once they have been identified. The students are served in this pull-out program taught by the campus LEISD GT Specialist. The GT class focuses on critical and creative thinking skills and is project based, utilizing the Texas Performance Standards Projects.

    *Kindergarten students are identified second semester and begin these services by March 1 of their kindergarten year.  

    " "  Learn more about the process for Kindergarten students.

    Grades 6-12: Students in sixth to eighth grades are served through the LEISD GT Pre-AP classes.  High school students are served through PAP and AP classes as well as through dual enrollment options.

    " "  Gifted Education Services Program Handbook

Student Recommendations

  • Parents, teachers, counselors, peers, community members, or the student may make a recommendation. 

    During the fall semester

    LEISD accepts recommendations of students for the gifted and talented program from students who have enrolled in LEISD in the fall semester from:

    • another district where they were identified as gifted and talented; 
    • a private school which did not offer a gifted and talented program; 
    • or a public school which did not offer a gifted and talented program, 
    • and students who have been placed due to credit by exam.  
    During the spring semester
    LEISD accepts recommendations of any students currently enrolled in Little Elm ISD. 

    *Kindergarten students are identified second semester and begin these services by March 1 of their kindergarten year.  

    " "  Learn more about the process for Kindergarten students.

Screening Process

  • In order for a student to be considered for the GT Program in Little Elm ISD, he/she must be assessed.  All students who are recommended for the program will be initially screened using data from their MAP/CPAA assessments.  If your child successfully meets the district standard on MAP/CPAA, they are eligible for a non-verbal abilities test.  The non-verbal abilities test determines whether or not the student moves forward in the GT screening process.  The remainder of the GT screening process consists of informal teacher and parent checklists and formal testing in the areas of creativity and achievement. 

Appeal Request

  • GT Appeals must be made within 10 days of receiving notification that your student did not qualify for the GT program.

    This form can be mailed directly to The Director for Professional Learning & Advanced Academics, 300 Lobo Lane, Little Elm, Texas 75068 or emailed to aball@littleelmisd.net