Gifted & Talented
Mesquite Independent School District strives to provide the gifted with a nurturing environment, a differentiated curriculum and a trained, enlightened staff. By encouraging gifted students to become autonomous learners through a challenging program, future generations will have the socially and ethically responsible leaders, producers, inventors, philosophers, and visionaries who can make valuable contributions to our world as well as our community.
- Needs of the Gifted Child
- Curriculum Processes
- Academically Gifted Program
While gifted children share with all children the same basic need for love and acceptance, they also have a powerful need for a differentiated curriculum. Gifted students have abilities that allow them to move at a faster pace and to retain knowledge in greater depth when compared with other students. Gifted students also have the ability to make insightful connections between pieces of information and events.
Because of their unique abilities, gifted students require access to a challenging curriculum as well as learning opportunities and interactions with their intellectual peers. They need to be exposed to varied subjects, to share and discuss their ideas verbally, and to explore their own interests. Mesquite ISD offers special programming for gifted students in order to meet their need for a differentiated curriculum.
Gifted students are identified through a four-step process:
The final selection for placement is made by a committee of at least three local district educators who have received training in the identification and assessment of gifted students.
Screening involves the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. Achievement tests; educational abilities tests; student performance as recorded with grades, portfolios, and interviews; teacher/parent checklists; and district testing are considered during the screening process.
The curriculum for the academically gifted focuses on research/study skills, along with critical thinking and creative/productive thinking, while enhancing student leadership skills through group dynamics.
The student will:
- Select and define a topic and/or research question
- Identify an audience
- Gather and organize information
- Present a creative, original product.
The student will analyze, question, infer, reason, and evaluate.
The student will exhibit fluency, flexibility, originality, elaboration, complexity, curiosity, imagination, and risk taking.
The student will:
- Participate in cooperative group problem-solving
- Participate in collaborative group presentations
- Experience various roles in group activities
- Model trustworthiness and acceptance of others.
Apply their general intellectual abilities through performance of complex mental tasks
Further develop their creative/productive thinking abilities through the generation of original products reflecting the use of higher level thought processes
Further develop their specific subject matter aptitudes through the utilization of advanced content and processes to produce original complex products
Seek original solutions to self-selected problems reflecting use of higher level thought processes
Become self-directed learners
Become more aware of and cope more successfully with their giftedness in relation to themselves and others.
Gifted & Talented Programs
ABLE (Alternatives for Brighter Learner Experiences) is our campus-based program serving students in kindergarten through first grade. Students identified for this program are placed with teachers trained in gifted education. Students receive instruction in all academic areas as well as instruction in the use of higher-order thinking skills. Students are also clustered with other identified students to ensure they have authentic peer interactions and learning experiences.
QUEST is designed as a pull-out program for gifted students in grades two through five. Identified G/T students attend QUEST in addition to being placed in a trained teacher’s classroom and clustered with other identified students. It serves students from all elementary campuses who have met specific criteria. QUEST offers students a differentiated curriculum through interdisciplinary, concept-based teaching and learning experiences. MISD provides transportation to central locations where students attend one day a week and receive instruction in critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making.
G/T (Gifted and Talented) classes are offered for identified secondary students. The classes offer appropriately differentiated learning experiences and advanced curriculum and instruction in the areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Pre-AP, AP, and Dual Credit Courses: Opportunities for advanced courses are available to any students in 9th - 12th grade who are academically ready (Dual Credit courses have certain TSI requirements).
Middle school students in grades 6th - 8th who are academically ready can be in Pre-Ap courses.
Mesquite ISD provides many other opportunities for further talent development.
- Destination ImagiNation
- Academic Decathlon
- Science Fair
- National History Day
- National Elementary Honor Society
- National Junior Honor Society
- National Honor Society
- Student Council
- UIL Competitions
- All City Boys/Girls Choirs
- Fine Arts Festival
- Elementary Orchestra Festival
- Theatre Productions
- Solo and Ensemble Contest
- All Region Music Groups
- All City Middle School Honors Music Groups
- Honors District-Wide Art Exhibit
- PTA Cultural Arts Competition
- Pre-Advanced Placement
- Advanced Placement
- Peer Mediation
- Community Service Opportunities
We strive to provide the gifted with a nurturing environment, a differentiated curriculum, and a trained, enlightened staff. By encouraging gifted students to become autonomous learners through a challenging program, future generations will have the socially and ethically responsible leaders, producers, inventors, philosophers, and visionaries who can make valuable contributions to our world as well as our community. Mesquite ISD's Quest program is housed at Florence Elementary School and Henrie Elementary School.