In Chapter 29.121 of the Texas Education Code, “gifted and talented student” 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: (1) exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; (2) possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or (3) excels in a specific academic field.
The philosophy of the Whitehouse Independent School District (WISD) program for gifted and talented students encompasses these core beliefs:
Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment and reflect individuality and creativity. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.
Students in the gifted/talented program will:
Curriculum for the academically talented must be differentiated from that used in the regular classroom and congruent with the characteristics of gifted children. The curriculum for the gifted/talented program in Whitehouse Independent School District will be based on the following guidelines: