Two students pose for a picture by their GT projects at Melissa STREAM Night

Advanced Academics & Gifted/Talented Services

The mission of Melissa ISD is to provide an enriched, rigorous, academic curriculum for identified gifted students.


According to the Texas Education Agency, “the state’s goal for G/T students is to ensure that those students who participate in G/T services demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication. G/T students develop innovative products and sophisticated performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are targeted to an audience outside the classroom.”

“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 §29.121).

See Also: Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (Texas Education Agency)

Testing & Referrals

Elementary (Grades K-5):

  • The next referral window for students in grades K-5 is Nov. 1-21, 2022.

  • Testing is in the spring.

Secondary (Grades 6-12):

  • Students grades 6-12 are tested in the fall, typically between September and October.

  • Referrals open in January.

  • Open referral testing occurs in the spring between March and April.

Program Placement

Resource Links

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Contact Information

District Coordinator

Walter Perez
Executive Director of Campus Services/GT Coordinator
Phone: 972-837-2411

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Amanda Daniels
Elementary Schools' GT Coordinator
Phone: 214-386-2542

6th-8th Grade

Eydie Simpson
Middle School GT Coordinator
Phone: 972-837-4355

9th-12th Grade

Christina Stover
High School GT Coordinator
Phone: 972-837-4216