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The Nomination Period for the Lancaster ISD Gifted and Talented Program is Now Open

The Exploration Academy of Lancaster ISD is accepting nominations for 1st – 12th grade students until December 13, 2013 for the gifted and talented program. A teacher, previous teacher, counselor, parent, administrator, or community person may nominate students. Students may also self-nominate. If a student has been previously identified as gifted, the child does not need to be re-assessed.
Nomination materials may be picked up by parents or students in the counselor’s office of the student’s assigned school. The nomination form should be returned to the counselor’s office no later than December 13, 2013.
Students who are nominated will be contacted for assessment. A parent permission form will also be sent to the home. Following the assessment, the Admit, Review, Exit committee will identify students for whom the Gifted and Talented Program is an appropriate placement. Placement letters will be mailed during the week of March 24, 2014. Newly identified gifted and talented students will begin the Exploration Academy in the 2013-2014 school year.
Please contact individual campus counselors or the Exploration Academy at 972-218-1590 if you need additional information.
1993 Federal Definition of Talent
Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth exhibit high performance capacity in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, and unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields. They require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools. Outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
Note: Students who have been serviced in a Gifted and Talented Program in a previous school district should contact the campus registrar to learn how to transfer records.