Gifted and Talented

Information Meeting September 9th, 2019

Program Information

  • Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to be screened for Gifted and Talented (GT) and Talent Explore (TE) in Austin ISD through a nomination and screening process. The GATE Assessment Calendar indicates when different grade levels can be nominated and screened for GATE services.

  • All campuses in Austin ISD provide screening, identification, and services for GT students. Additionally, students screened for GT who are not identified for GT services are automatically considered for Talent Explore.

  • Talent Explore identification is for high ability students who do not qualify for GT but demonstrate potential to perform at high levels when grouped with Gifted and Talented students.

  • Students may be identified through the screening process in one or more of the following areas: GT STEM (science and mathematics), GT Humanities (language arts and social studies), Talent Explore STEM (science and mathematics), or Talent Explore Humanities (language arts and social studies).

  • If an AISD GT or Talent Explore student transfers from one campus to another, the student’s services will transfer automatically in the TEAMS system once they are enrolled at the new school.

  • Placement in the AISD GT program is not automatic for students identified as GT outside of our district. The campus registrar and campus GT Advocate will contact Advanced Academics for assistance with the Out-of-District GT Transfer Review process.

For more information, visit the Gifted and Talented Website or email the GT Advocate, Greg Rohde.


Nomination windows:

  • Grades 3-5 opens on Monday, Sept. 9th and closes on Friday, Sept. 20th.
  • Grades K-2 opens on Monday, Nov. 4th and closes on Friday, Nov. 15.

Parent permission:

  • Parent permission is required for testing. By completing the Parent Survey and signing the bottom, you give permission to test your child. We cannot test without this paperwork.


Please complete the Parent Nomination form if you are nominating your child for the GT program. Click here for the Parent Nomination Form.

The Parent Survey Form must be completed for all nominated students. This includes parent and teacher nominations. Click here for the Parent Survey and Testing Permission Form.

What does our GT Program look like at Summitt?

Every classroom teacher makes sure your student is challenged by increasing depth of content and providing differentiation as needed. We also have a daily SOAR time to provide intervention and enrichment for all students. We are working on having another pull out during SOAR time a few days a week for Gifted and Talented students and Talent Explore students this year. Talent Explore students are grouped with Gifted and Talented students and receive the same differentiation and enrichment.

There are other after school activities to help challenge your GT and TE students as well:

  • UIL
  • Math Pentathalon
  • Fabulous Fridays
  • Other school events
  • Other events in the community

Important Dates

Grades 3-5

  • Nomination Window Opens: September 9th, 2019
  • Nomination Window Closes: September 20th, 2019
  • Parent Permission Due: September 27th, 2019
  • Testing Window: October 14th - November 8th, 2019
(Students will be tested at various times during this window)

  • Notification by December 6th, 2019

Grades K-2

  • Nomination Window Opens: November 4th, 2019
  • Nomination Window Closes: November 15th, 2019
  • Parent Permission Due: December 13th, 2019
  • Testing Window: January 13th - February 14th, 2019

(Students will be tested at various times during this window)

  • Notification by March 13, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

You can access a Frequently Asked Questions resource at the link below:

Greg Rohde

Please Contact Greg Rohde with any questions that you have regarding Gifted and talented or Talent Explore