Gifted & Talented Program

The state's and Newman International Academy's goal for Gifted & Talented  students is to ensure that those students who participate in G/T services demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication. G/T students develop innovative products and sophisticated performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are targeted to an audience outside the classroom.

A gifted & talented student is 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. 


Newman International Academy District
Gifted and Talented Education


Gifted and Talented Identification and Assessment

Parents who have observed evidence that their child or youth “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” may choose to nominate him or her as a potential candidate for the Newman Gifted and Talented Program.  Newman students are assessed, identified, and served in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts (Music, Art, Drama, Dance), Leadership and/or Creativity, based on student areas of Gifted and Talented identification. Newman students must qualify in three of the four following assessed areas:                                                                                                                                                           1. Teacher Nomination and Rating Scale

                2. Parent Nomination and Rating Scale

                3. Student Portfolio (Parents are encouraged to submit portfolio samples)

                4. Testing- A Battery of Cognitive & Creative Ability Assessments

Grades 7-8 and 9-12: Students entering grades 7th – 12th grade who have not yet been identified as Gifted and Talented must be nominated by a parent, teacher, counselor, community member, or themselves.

Please submit nomination/referral forms to the GT Specialist on your child’s campus. Nominations for grades 1-12 may be submitted the last week in August through the third week in September each school year.

Transfer Students: Transfer students who have previously received Gifted and Talented services will be considered for services in Newman International Academy District within one month from the date of registration or within one month of the first day of school if registration occurs in the spring or summer. Gifted and Talented assessment and identification records are expected to be enclosed in the cumulative student file or will be requested from the previous school to determine if additional assessment is required.


Gifted and Talented Education Program
PARENT CONSENT FORM


Grades 7-8: Gifted and Talented students in grades 7 through 8 are served through enrichment hour at least once each week through English language arts and reading, social studies, interdisciplinary studies, or creative productive opportunities. GT Specialists inspire students to make connections between their learning and the real world. Students are provided opportunities to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop an understanding of real world experiences. Students are expected to use critical thinking skills to solve problems, communicate ideas and understandings, collaborate with peers, and create meaningful products to demonstrate deep and complex learning. Middle School Gifted and Talented students are served in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts (Music, Art, Drama, Dance), Leadership and/or Creativity, based on student areas of giftedness. Each identified G/T student is required to complete at least one of the Texas Performance Standards Projects each school year. These students present products or performances to an authentic audience in a GT EXPO each May.