Gifted and Talented Handbook and Policies
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)
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 show the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.