The Melissa Schools Gifted & Talented Program
Students in grades K-5 are part of a pullout program that serves the needs of the gifted students. This allows the gifted students the opportunity to work weekly with peers of similar abilities. The curriculum challenges students to develop and apply their talents through a variety of integrated, multidisciplinary learning activities and projects. Our Gifted and Talented classroom activities focus on cooperative group problem solving, logical thinking activities, and independent study. The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) is a resource for providing differentiated instruction to the gifted/talented students and is used by our K-5 G/T teachers along with other resources and enhanced academic opportunities. Each grade level is pulled out weekly for specific times dependent upon the age of student, needs, and campus schedule. At the elementary level, concerted effort is made for identified gifted students in 1st – 5th grades to be grouped together (clustered) in a regular education classroom with a teacher who has completed the GT training as well as yearly training updates.
- K-1st Grade: One hour weekly
- 2nd Grade: Two hours weekly
- 3rd Grade: Three hours weekly
- 4th & 5th Grade: Two hours weekly
Our 6th grade students are serviced through their social studies class where they are taught at a rigorous pace with an advanced curriculum. The curriculum challenges students to develop and apply their talents through a variety of integrated, multidisciplinary learning activities, projects, and classroom discussions while being grouped with like-minded peers. 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to be podded in honors classes that emphasize content in the four foundation curricular areas. There are multiple opportunities for participation in UIL activities, competitions, and leadership.
High school students are encouraged to participate in numerous in school and out of school activities that challenge the abilities of our gifted and talented students while still allowing them to work in groups of peers in areas of their gifts. Our students participate in UIL activities, arts and music competitions, dual credit, and multiple leadership opportunities.