Attention Parents and Families:
On Tuesday, 01/24/17 an informational meeting for prospective parents seeking more the Gifted & Talented Program in Willis ISD was held in the Willis ISD Boardroom at the Cargill ESC (Willis ISD District Offices - 204 W. Rogers, Willis, TX 77378).
Information covered: the referral process, how students are assessed, and how students are served in Willis ISD (see attached slideshow below).
- Deadline for Kinder referral is 01/27/17
- Deadline for 1st-5th grade referral is 03/03/17
- Required documents for referral are attached below - referral form, parent checklist, permission to test).
For a list of traits to look for, see the "Bertie Kingore - High Achiever vs. Gifted vs. Creative Thinker" document at the bottom of the page.
- Assessment for Kinder: 02/06/17-02/17/17
- Spring Assessment for Grades 1+: 04/03/17-04/28/17
If you are new to the school district and your child participated in the gifted program in a previous school or program, please make sure to inform the registrar and counselor upon enrollment and specifically ask that they request those records from that district.
Referrals for NEW transfer students can occur throughout the year, however testing takes place at three specified times per year.
Looking for Information About the Gifted & Talented Program?
Below you'll find:
- the PPT (PowerPoint) including information about the program in Willis
- helpful handouts about the differences between Bright and Gifted (J.Szabos) and Bright, Gifted, and Creative (B.Kingore)
- forms to refer a student, or a student to self-refer for assessment (in English and Spanish).
After reviewing the information, please feel free to contact me with any questions.
General Information about the Gifted & Talented Program:
The Gifted & Talented Program in Willis at the elementary level is a cluster program. Identified gifted students in grades 1-5** are served in the classroom by their home- and/or switch- classroom teachers to work on advanced-level differentiated assignments or projects at the child's ability level, as well as team building, social and emotional needs of the gifted, creative & critical thinking. For more detailed information about how children are served on specific campuses, please contact the campus administrator.
GT students at the secondary level are served in their classrooms (level, Pre-AP, AP, and Dual Credit) through differentiated instruction and assignments.
GT students on both the elementary and middle school campuses may also have the opportunity to participate in an optional, after school Destination Imagination Program (DI). For more information about DI, please see the page at the right.
During the year we have campus parent & family night to showcase student hard work.
**(Kindergarten students are assessed and placed in the Spring semester)