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Edgewood ISD Gifted & Talented Program Information

Elementary Principal

Kristy Jones

Intermediate Principal

 Dr. Shannon Orsborn

K-5 G/T Teacher

Middle School Principal

Kassi Mays

Middle School G/T Teachers

Lacey Rotan

Shannon Bannister

High School Principal

Mark Kellogg

High School G/T Teachers

Kimberly McGahee

Denise Schley

Lisa Carlisle

Tim Taylor

Gifted & Talented Student Referral Information

Public Notice

Edgewood ISD accepts referrals during the first, second, and third nine weeks for students who may need Gifted/Talented Services during the school year. This program is designed for students who exhibit intellectual and creative thinking abilities at an extraordinary level not normally served in the regular classroom. Services are provided only upon identification of education needs of the student. Anyone wishing to refer a student attending Edgewood ISD in kindergarten through twelfth grade this school year are asked to go to the student’s campus office and request a copy of the referral form. This form must be returned to the school by the end of the third nine weeks. Those unable to go to the school should call the school office to request a form be sent to them.


EISD GT Referral Packet

EISD GT Referral Packet Spanish Version

EISD Gifted & Talented Definition

and Mission Statement

In Edgewood ISD, "gifted and talented student" means a child who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who: 
1) exhibits high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
2) possess an unusual capacity for leadership; or 
3) excels in a specific academic field.

Gifted students differ in learning abilities and require educational opportunities beyond the mainstream setting. It is the goal of Edgewood ISD to provide a comprehensively planned curriculum, which recognizes and nurtures students with high potential.


Edgewood Elementary and Intermediate Schools

The gifted/talented program on the Elementary and Intermediate campuses of Edgewood ISD utilize the following prototype. At grades K through 5 students who meet all identification criteria will participate in the pullout program. Students in grades K through 5 will be pulled out for half a day once a week to participate in g/t activities that incorporate content in math, science, language and social studies. 

Activities that encourage creative/productive-thinking abilities are used. Students will also develop specific subject matter aptitude through advanced content and processes in using Bloom's taxonomy and other measures to address higher order thinking skills. Gifted/talented activities will provide an array of challenging learning opportunities that emphasize the content in the four core areas of math, science, language and social studies. 
The curriculum in the elementary program focuses on the development of abilities in each of the areas listed below:

1. Stimulation of curiosity and interest.
2. Development of creative cognitive ability.
3. Development of leadership skills.
4. Development of independence.
5. Development of self-expression.
6. Provisions for a rapid pace of learning.
7. Integration of math, science, social studies and language arts.

Options to meet the needs of advanced learners will be made available by providing information concerning special opportunities (contests, academic recognition, summer camps, etc.) is available and disseminated to parents and students.

Flexible grouping patterns and independent investigations are employed in the four core academic areas. Students have the opportunity to utilize technology resources to pursue their interests.

Edgewood Middle School

G/T students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade have the opportunity to meet every day during their G/T class period.  Sixth graders will prepare for the Region 7 Model United Nations Simulation Competition during the first semester.  Gifted students will research the political, cultural, social and economical issues for their country.  Each delegate will prepare a resolution for the committee of their choice.  The delegation will create a map, issue collage, and audio/visual presentation for competition.  The two-day simulation will include impromptu resolution writing and debate.  Seventh and Eighth graders have the option to participate in Model UN and apply for MUN Leadership.  All middle school gifted students will have opportunities to participate in the East Texas Academic Rodeo Competitions, Region 7 Robotics Competitions, and BizWorld as well.  

Edgewood High School

High School G/T students will meet at the beginning of each school year during tutorials with the High School G/T teachers to discuss the opportunities for the upcoming year.  Each student will complete a survey selecting the competitions, activities, leadership positions, and community service hours in which they would like to be considered for during the upcoming school year.  Our students compete in Region 7 Model United Nations and Robotics Competitions, East Texas Academic Rodeo Contests, which include, but not limited to Academic Challenge Quiz, Mindset Breaking Experience, Pentathlon, and Writing.  Leadership and volunteer application opportunities for Region 7 Model United Nations, Edgewood ISD STEAM Camp Volunteer, and Texas Say What Summit.


Pre-Screen Application with Parent Signature Due Friday, February 15, 2019

Region 7 Parent Letter and Pre-Screen Application

LeTourneau University Week-long Day Camps (K-12) - Longview, TX

Sea Camps & TAG Camps - Galveston, TX (3-5 Week-long Day Camps & 6-12 Residential Camps 

YAP Camps - College Station, TX (6-12 Residential Camps)

*Transportation to/from camp is not provided

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