Gifted and Talented Education

Should you have any questions regarding your child and gifted and talented education, you may contact Gifted and Talented Education at 817-245-1081.

GT Forms and Information

Federal Definition of Gifted and Talented

U.S. Department of Education. (1993).


Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth exhibit high performance capacity in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, and unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields. They require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools. Outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

Texas Definition of Gifted and Talented

Texas Education Code, Subchapter D. Educational Programs for Gifted and Talented Students (1995).


. . . “gifted and talented students” means a child or youth who 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 and who:

  • exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  • excels in a specific academic field.

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students indicates five categories of giftedness: general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creativity, leadership, and visual/performing arts. Currently Burleson ISD serves students who are identified as advanced intellectually and academically. Their giftedness may surface as an outstanding aptitude in one or more of the areas of language arts, math, science and social studies or in their ability to process information more rapidly with greater depth and complexity. (To see the Characteristics of the Gifted, please access the GT Parent Handbook.)

General Intellectual Ability

  • formulates abstractions
  • processes information in complex ways
  • observant
  • excited about new ideas
  • enjoys hypothesizing
  • learns rapidly
  • uses a large vocabulary
  • inquisitive
  • self-starter

Specific Academic Aptitude

  • good memory
  • advanced comprehension
  • acquires basic-skills knowledge quickly
  • widely read in special-interest area
  • high academic success in special-interest area

The Burleson Independent School District demonstrates its commitment to educational excellence through its array of programs for the academically talented students throughout the grade levels. The SOAR program, the TAG Program, the Pre-Advanced Placement Program, Advanced Placement courses, and the Dual Credit classes provide a wide variety of learning opportunities  throughout the student’s schooling.

SOAR Program (Students Off and Running)

K-2 Students


Students in kindergarten through second grade are served in Students Off and Running (SOAR). All students will be a part of a gifted/talent pool, and all teachers will be certified to teach gifted and talented children. Identified gifted students will be provided with instruction and learning experiences in their classroom. The students will receive instruction designed to enhance talent and will include but not be limited to lessons in divergent thinking, deductive reasoning, and metacognition.

Elementary Gifted and Talented Program

Grades 3-5


The TAG (Talented and Gifted) Program in Burleson serves identified students in grades three through five. A gifted specialist on each elementary campus works with the gifted students and their teachers to provide enrichment and academic acceleration as needed. Identified students are clustered in a regular classroom with a teacher who is certified to work with gifted students. In addition to serving as a resource for the classroom teachers, the Gifted Specialist meets with TAG students one day a week on the gifted curriculum. The curriculum includes complex thinking techniques, extensions on grade-level TEKS, and the introduction of above-level TEKS.

Secondary (Middle and High School) Gifted and Talented Program



Grades 6-12


Identified gifted and talented students are served in their areas of strength in the AP and Pre AP classes in the four academic content areas. The AP and Pre AP teachers have received the 30-hour Gifted and Talented training and offer a continuum of learning experiences that lead to the development of advanced-level performances and products. When possible, in school and out-of-school options, relevant to the student’s area of strength, are available.


For more information on the identification (which includes nomination, testing, and placement), please see the GT Handbook  .

Gifted Kids Survival Guide for Ages 10 and Under 
by Judy Galbraith.


Gifted Kids Survival Guide (Ages 11-18)
by Judy Galbraith


Gifted Kids Survival Guide II 
by James Delisle and Judy Galbraith


Guiding The Gifted Child 
by James T. Webb, Elizabeth Meckstroth and Stephanie Tolan


Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids
by Sally Walker


Teach Your Child How To Think
by Edward de Bono

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented
406 East 11th Street
Suite 310
Austin, TX 78701-2617
(512) 499-8248


Texas Education Agency 
Division of Gifted/Talented Education

1701 North Congress
Austin, TX 78701-1494
(512) 463-9455


The College Board (Southwestern Region)
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Suite 1050
Austin, TX 78701-4039