According to the State of Texas, a gifted and 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. The foundation of the Melissa ISD gifted services is to provide each student with educational experiences that explore their own unique abilities, develop high creative and cognitive thinking processes, make positive contributions to their own education and to society, fulfill their learning potentials and provide them with life skills to excel in their future.
Gifted and Talented, a part of Melissa ISD’s advanced academic services, is a pullout program that serves the needs of gifted students (K-5) in the Melissa Independent School District. The program allows gifted students the opportunity to work weekly with peers of similar abilities.
The program’s curriculum challenges students to develop and apply their talents through a variety of integrated, multidisciplinary learning activities and projects. Classroom activities focus on cooperative group problem solving, logical thinking activities, and independent study. Students also learn from guest speakers.
Melissa High School currently offers courses for dual credit through Collin College: Government, Economics, English IV, US History and College Algebra. Each course is one semester and earns 3 college credit hours.