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Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to have my child referred for testing. Who do I contact?

The GT teacher on each campus may be reached by calling the school office or through email. Please refer to our listing of all the GT teachers. Because all teachers are teaching classes during the day, your phone calls and emails will be returned as soon as time is available. You may also email inquiries to the District GT Coordinator, Leanne Bush, at giftedandtalented@melissaisd.org. The referral window is open from Nov. 1 – Dec. 16.

I am new to Melissa Schools and my child was serviced through a gifted and talented program in another state or district. What do I need to do?

Please mark on the enrollment packet that your child received services prior to enrollment at Melissa Schools. This will alert our staff to request records from your child’s past school. Our current Gifted and Talented department guidelines do not allow us to automatically place previously identified gifted and talented students into the GT program until they are determined to be eligible. Each district in Texas is able to set its own criteria for admission into its gifted and talented program based on the services it provides. For previously identified students, the Melissa Schools Gifted and Talented Selection Committee strives to evaluate the student’s prior records and if necessary evaluate with the district criteria within the first 30 days of enrollment. Parents will be notified in writing of the committee decision.

Does my child have to re-qualify when they leave the elementary setting and enter the middle school?

No. Students do not have to re-qualify for GT services when they move from elementary school to middle school or from middle school to high school. Once a student is identified as needing GT services, then he or she will continue to be enrolled in GT classes in Melissa ISD. We have found that as gifted students get older, they select advanced courses that best suit their academic needs, talents, interests, and future academic plans. Most students stay in GT, but some do choose to furlough or exit the GT program. GT teachers are available on each campus to discuss this decision and course options with you.

How many gifted and talented students are selected each year?

GT identification does not involve a quota. All students who qualify under the district guidelines will be eligible to participate in the gifted and talented program.

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