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.
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
Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education