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Gifted and Talented

Westwood Independent School District is committed to providing program and curricular options to meet the unique needs of the gifted/talented student. 
 

Definition of a Gifted and Talented Student

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. (Texas Education Code; Subchapter D §29.121)

Philosophy

The philosophy of Westwood Independent School District reflects an understanding of the uniqueness of individual gifted/talented students.  Because the learning characteristics of G/T students dictate learning experiences that differentiate from those provided for them in the regular school program, the district recognizes that special provisions must be made for these students in order to stimulate and maximize their achievement as well as provide for their social and emotional needs. 

Westwood ISD recognizes that G/T students are found in all cultures, socioeconomic groups, geographic locales, and environments.  Westwood ISD will serve the needs of those students who perform 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.

Gifted and Talented Referral Process
 
The referral process occurs during the fall semester. However, referrals may be submitted at any time during the year to ensure students identified as gifted receive services through diverse program options to meet their specialized educational needs. Students may be referred by teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested parties. Paper referral forms are available at the central office and at each campus.
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