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

Each year, the GT Referral Window is open from the start of the school year until October 20th.  

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

Regular Referral Process for SBISD Students

Referral window is open from the start of the school year through mid-October each year.  During the referral window, please, complete the online referral form (español - Tiếng Việt) to initiate the evaluation process (The link may appear broken 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

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. 

Odyssey of the Mind Information Meetings
Thursday, September 7 th from 8:30-9:30 am at Wilchester Elementary and/or
Tuesday, September 12th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Spring Woods High School in the Mini Auditorium

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

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 
Folleto en español Odisea de la mente)