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.
- 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 Timeline
Sept. 14 - Oct. 21
2022-2023 GT Referral Window
Should I Refer My Child for GT?
(Referral window closes Oct. 21)
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.
Referral window for the 2022-2023 school year is September 14th - October 21st.
When the referral window is open, please, complete the online referral form (español) to initiate the evaluation process (link, generally, will not work outside of the referral window and submissions are time-stamped).
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 by mid-July, so we have time to properly assess and place your child for the up-coming school year.