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Advanced Academics logoThe goal of Mansfield ISD’s Advanced Academics program is to provide educational opportunities so that each identified GT student is given the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential. Gifted students will be provided with differentiated instruction of depth and complexity to help them reach his or her maximum potential.

We provide students identified as gifted and/or talented with differentiated instruction of depth and complexity. Students who qualify for the Gifted and Talented Program will receive appropriate G/T services at their current MISD campus from specially-trained teachers.

Information about AP Exams - State and federal funding for Advanced Placement exams ended with the 2016-17 school year. Due to the loss of state and federal funds, beginning with the 2018-19 school year, MISD will resume the practice of charging students a portion of the Advanced Placement exam cost. The fee is $25 for each AP exam the student registers to take. We are committed to ensuring AP exams are affordable for students, so will continue to pay the same portion of each exam fee. If you wish to NOT take the AP exam, please fill out the AP Assessment Opt Out form.

What is expected of a gifted/talented student?

Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.

What defines a student as gifted/talented?

The state of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as 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 capabilities 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

How does a student qualify for gifted/talented programming?

All second grade students will be automatically screened within the first semester of school. Screening will be based upon input from teachers, parents and testing data. Those identified will be served by highly trained GT teachers.

Testing and identification of referred students in K, 1, 3-6 begins in the second semester testing window, with services for identified students to begin immediately upon receipt of the Acceptance of Service form from parents. Referrals accepted year-round.

Testing and identification of secondary (7-12) students will be conducted once per semester on a referral basis. Referrals accepted year-round.

According to MISD Board Policy EHBB (Local), criteria shall be specific to the state definition of gifted and talented and shall ensure the fair assessment of students with special needs, such as the culturally different, the economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities.

Get In Touch

Teresa Francis - Program Coordinator
Melanie Beckett - Instructional Coach (7-12)
Brigette Cardenas - Instructional Coach (K-6)

Address | 1016 Magnolia Street, Mansfield, TX 76063
Phone | 817-299-4388
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