Southwest Public Schools is committed to providing exceptional educational opportunities for gifted students and fostering their growth and development.
About Gifted and Talented Programs: At Southwest Public Schools, our gifted and talented programs are designed to identify and serve students who demonstrate exceptional potential in academic and creative areas. We offer specialized instruction, enrichment activities, and support services to meet the unique needs of gifted learners. All SWPS' campuses serve GT students. These students are identified in the Fall semester each year, and we provide services while utilizing the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students. Our teachers are trained every year to ensure they are providing the adequate depth and complexity needed to challenge our students.
Identification Process: The identification process for gifted and talented programs at Southwest Public Schools follows guidelines set by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and may include assessments, teacher recommendations, and other criteria. 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 whom:
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)
Program Components: Our gifted and talented programs at Southwest Public Schools include:
Differentiated instruction tailored to the individual learning needs of gifted students.
Enrichment activities such as competitions, projects, and clubs.
Accelerated coursework and opportunities for advanced study.
Social-emotional support to foster well-being and resilience among gifted learners.
Benefits of GT Programs: Participating in gifted and talented programs at Southwest Public Schools offers numerous benefits, including:
Academic enrichment and intellectual growth.
Opportunities to explore passions and develop talents.
Enhanced critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.
Connection with a community of like-minded peers.
Resources for Parents and Educators: We understand the importance of supporting gifted learners. Explore resources and support services for parents and educators, including: