Elementary Academies for Excellence program

The elementary academies at Hillside, Kimberlin, and Walnut Glen offer a differentiated curriculum designed for the academically gifted learner. Content in language arts, social studies, math, and science are presented with a greater depth and complexity, requiring higher-level thinking. Additionally, the math curriculum is accelerated to meet learner needs. As a fine arts magnet, art classes are provided to all children. Students identified with fine arts talents are provided with enriched art and/or music lessons. Strings instruction is offered to all fourth and fifth graders.

Requirements

Academically gifted students

Students must first apply and qualify as gifted/talented (G/T) during the annual eligibility review periods. Additional criteria includes:

  • 90 percentile+ on state-approved achievement test in reading or math
  • 90 percentile+ on state-approved ability test
  • Parent and teacher surveys
  • Talented auditions

Artistically or musically talented students

  • Submit online application
  • participate in annual auditions for the program

Please call the GT office for a testing time and audition time for Elementary Applications at 972-487-3193.

For more information

Hillside Academy for Excellence

Kimberlin Academy for Excellence

Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence

Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education
972-487-3193
A899@garlandisd.net


How to apply?

Step 1.

Students must first apply and qualify as gifted/talented (G/T) during the annual eligibility review periods.

Step 2.

Complete the Magnet Application Process.

Application open now through Jan 15 (1st - 12th grade)

See the Application Process page for details and other application dates.