Gifted and Talented Overview

What does it mean for a student to be identified for gifted and talented services?

A gifted/talented student 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. 

Gifted students:

  • exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  • possess an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  • excel in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)

SBISD has developed an identification process to efficiently assess a student's need for the special educational services provided in the Gifted and Talented Program. This process is designed to be student-centered and collect a preponderance of data to determine if a student is in need of gifted services.  If you have referred your student in previous years you may do so again by submitting the online referral form (español - Tiếng Việt).  Referrals can be submitted for Kindergarten - 11th grade students, excluding KIPP Courage and YES Prep at Northbrook.

GT Identification Process


GT Identification Timeline

The 2023-2024 GT Referral Window is open until October 20.  

"Should I Refer My Child for Gifted Services?" Information Meeting 
GT Referrals must be submitted by the Oct. 20 deadline.

October - January
     GT evaluations on campuses

Results sent to parents and
     guardians on or before
     March 1st through Skyward

When will services begin?Services for identified Kindergarten students will begin the first week of March following identification. 

1st Grade and older students will begin services in the fall of the year following GT identification. 

Upcoming Referral Events

Fall 2022

Referral window for the 2022-2023 school year is open.  Referrals must be submitted by Oct. 21.  When the referral window is open, please, complete the online referral form (español - Tiếng Việt) to initiate the evaluation process (link, generally, will not work outside of the referral window and submissions are time-stamped).

Transfer Students

If your child transferred to SBISD from another district where your child received gifted services, please, use the transfer referral form (español) to refer your child for GT consideration at SBISD.  The Advanced Academics office will review your child's records and contact you with next steps.  You will also need to submit records from the previous district confirming your child's GT status.

If your child is transferring to SBISD from out-of-state, home-school, or from a private school where gifted services were not available, please, use the Off-Cycle Parent Referral form to refer your child for GT consideration at SBISD.  You will be able to submit any previous testing you have for your child, or if you have no previous records, that is also okay.  The Advanced Academics office will review your child's records and contact you with next steps.  Please, submit your referral between late March and mid-July, so we have time to properly assess and place your child for the up-coming school year (This form is inactive during the regular school year and is activated in late March in preparation for the following school year).

GT Services

GT Project Showcase

Location:  Don Coleman Coliseum, 1050 Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX 77079
Date:  March 7, 2023
Time:  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Project Requirements:

  • Participation open to SDISD Elementary GT Students (Participation is optional)
  • GT Project must be created by SBISD GT student and follow SBISD guidelines for appropriate content
  • Students will be notified by the campus GT teacher if the project is selected for the
    GT Project Showcase (Showcase participants selected by SBISD staff)
  • Any supportive structure, power strips, technology, etc. must be provided by the student
  • Parent of participants must attend

Odyssey of the Mind

SBISD is within Odyssey of the Mind's HARO region

Odyssey of the Mind is a program that allows student teams to work together to solve problems using innovation and creativity.  To find a team at your school, or to create and coach a team, please contact Iris Story – – for more information. 

Odyssey of the Mind Brochure

All Odyssey event dates will soon be posted on the website with sign-up links.