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) .  Referrals can be submitted for Kindergarten - 11th grade students, excluding KIPP Courage and YES Prep at Northbrook.

GT Identification Process


GT Identification Timeline

Sept. 15 - Oct. 22 
     GT Referral Window
     Should I Refer My Child for GT?
     (Referral window closes Oct. 22)

October - January
     GT evaluations on campuses

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

Services for identified students will
      begin in the fall of the year
      following GT identification. 

Upcoming Referral Events

Fall 2021

Referral window for the 2021-2022 school year is September 15th - October 22nd.
Complete the online referral form (español) to initiate the evaluation process.

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.

GT Services