Gifted & Talented Referral Window is Now Open!


Written by Carie Barber

When we say that EVERY student in Klein Enters with a Promise and Exits with a Purpose, we can only achieve this shared vision when EVERY student has a chance to venture down an appropriate pathway; is given opportunities to “level up”; receive services that are not equal, but equitable; and can continuously improve, no matter their starting point. In Advanced Academics we advocate for those whose pathway needs a faster pace, more rigor, and “leveling up” beyond their peers.

It is the mission of the Klein Advanced Academics department to identify students who require challenging, differentiated instruction beyond the general classroom experience. If you have a student whom you feel shows potential for advanced cognitive ability, extraordinary creativity, or surprising critical thinking skills, please recommend them for Gifted and Talented testing.

The referral window for GT testing opens on Monday, August 27th and closes September 21st, 2018 (see full calendar). Parents need to simply go online and complete a form giving their permission to test. Links are posted on campus and district websites during that window. If any of your new students shows potential for advanced ability, please refer their parents to Should you have any questions, please contact your campus GT Advocate, GT Administrator, or Advanced Academics Program Coordinator.

Traits of Gifted Students

  • Keen power of abstraction
  • Interest in problem-solving and applying concepts
  • Voracious and early reader
  • Large vocabulary
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Power of critical thinking, skepticism, self-criticism
  • Persistent, goal-directed behavior
  • Independence in work and study
  • Diversity of interests and abilities
  • Creativeness and inventiveness
  • Keen sense of humor
  • Ability for fantasy
  • Openness to stimuli, wide interests
  • Intuitiveness
  • Flexibility
  • Independence in attitude and social behavior
  • Self-acceptance and unconcern for social norms
  • Radicalism
  • Aesthetic and moral commitment to self-selected work
  • Unusual emotional depth and intensity
  • Sensitivity or empathy to the feelings of others
  • High expectations of self and others, often leading to feelings of frustration
  • Heightened self-awareness, accompanied by feelings of being different
  • Easily wounded, need for emotional support
  • Need for consistency between abstract values and personal actions
  • Advanced levels of moral judgment
  • Idealism and sense of justice
  • Spontaneity
  • Boundless enthusiasm
  • Intensely focused on passions—resists changing activities when engrossed in own interests
  • Highly energetic—needs little sleep or down time
  • Constantly questions
  • Insatiable curiosity
  • Impulsive, eager and spirited
  • Perseverance—strong determination in areas of importance
  • High levels of frustration—particularly when having difficulty meeting standards of performance (either imposed by self or others)
  • Volatile temper, especially related to perceptions of failure
  • Non-stop talking/chattering

© B. Clark 2008