Abigail Mendoza
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de Zavala Middle School

Tips for Parents

Amarillo ISD provides an exemplary educational program designed for gifted students. The program incorporates identification of gifted and high achieving students with program design, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and community support as well as opportunities outside the classroom. Although identification and selection for the program is ongoing, the spring is an ideal time for referrals.

The screening and gathering of additional data can be completed and the students if identified can be properly placed for the upcoming school year. Referrals or nominations may come from educators, parents, community members, or students themselves. The identification process begins with the nomination or referral followed by screening, gathering data, and determination of eligibility based on multiple criteria. The multiple criteria include subjective and objective data from the areas of ability or aptitude, achievement, creativity, task commitment, as well as possible samples of the students’ products.

When the process is completed, a selection committee at the students’ campus makes a decision on placement in the G/T program. The parent, teachers, and other interested parties are then notified of the decision.

If you are interested and want to know more about the G/T program, you may inquire at your students’ school or call Maria Chrzanowski at 326-1333.














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