Not only do I have a daughter who is identified as gifted and talented, I work with gifted students every day in my enrichment groups. Gifted students need to be challenged and deserve just as much, if not more attention and individualized instruction as our RTI students. I can’t imagine what my daughter’s academic career … Continue reading Parent & Teacher, Lexington ISD, Lee County, Texas

Parent & Teacher, Lexington ISD, Lee County, Texas

My son is intellectually in the top 2% of school district. Without Aspire GT Academy my son was bored showing many ADHD & ODD symptoms. Having Aspire has changed that. This is just one reason. There are many that affect us as a state & nation. These are our future leaders.

Parent, ASPIRE Academy Middle School, GCISD

“One year, my quirky, super focused, perfectionist daughter was the only GT kid in her classroom [in another Texas school district; not GCISD]. The special treatment from her teacher served to further set her apart from her peers who had already begun to label her as “strange” and “weird.” By second grade, she was being … Continue reading Patty, parent, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Patty, parent, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

My gifted students are curious individuals that have a passion for learning. My students are continuously asking questions to gain greater insight and depth. Surface level knowledge is not appealing to them which makes my heart happy! My students and I have established a classroom environment where we don’t fixate on the product (the grades); … Continue reading Miral Kawasmi, GT and PreAP Chemistry Educator, GCISD, Colleyville, Tarrant Texas

Miral Kawasmi, GT and PreAP Chemistry Educator, GCISD, Colleyville, Tarrant Texas

Mom! Do you think before I was born, I asked God to make me sensitive? No! He just made me this way. So stop telling me not to be so sensitive, I can’t help it. It makes me feel like I’m not a good person and you don’t love me. From a very young age, … Continue reading Harmonie Farrow, Grapevine Elementary, GCISD, Grapevine, Texas

Harmonie Farrow, Grapevine Elementary, GCISD, Grapevine, Texas

We pay for public education with tax dollars, so an educational system that benefits every child is important - and a legal right. We considered private school for our child, however an educationally rigorous program did not exist unless we wanted to transport our son long distances. When the ASPIRE GT program for the highly … Continue reading Conor, 6th grade, GCISD, Texas

Conor, 6th grade, GCISD, Texas

If it were not for GCISD’s ASPIRE GT program, I would not have moved my two children out of private school. As we have made the transition, I am finding this program is a much better fit for my children’s needs. It’s not about a more challenging academic environment, it’s about an environment that cares … Continue reading KB, ASPIRE, GCISD, Grapevine, TX

KB, ASPIRE, GCISD, Grapevine, TX

"Having your child identified as “gifted” at school is no better or worse than having them qualify for any other academic support service." — The Truth About ‘Gifted’ Versus High-Achieving Students (See full article originally published in LoudounNow, March 23, 2017, at https://loudounnow.com/2017/03/23/the-truth-about-gifted-versus-high-achieving-students)

Opinion Column / Chris Croll

I don’t remember too much of kindergarten, but first grade was like yesterday. My classmates were fun, I loved my teacher, but it was just getting old. For example, I aced every spelling test. Not that it’s a bad thing, but, like I said, it was getting old. PAT for an hour on Thursdays was … Continue reading 5th Grade Student, GCISD, Grapevine, TX

5th Grade Student, GCISD, Grapevine, TX