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Gifted and Talented (CAAP)

Canadian Advanced Academic Program

 for the Gifted and Talented 



Students who participate in services designed for gifted/talented students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment.  High school graduates who have participted in services for gifted/talented students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.


Canadian ISD Philosophy

Canadian Independent School District recognizes the individual difference in abilities, needs and interests of the school population it serves.  An instructional program for Canadian ISD students includes provision for gifted and talented students.  Gifted learners benefit from instrucional practices that develop and challenge their unique capabilities while fostering creativity and productivity.  A quality service provides both cognitive and affective development.  Students are challenged to develop their full potiential and be successful in an appropriate learning envoronment.


Referral and Identification

Important to the success of the gifted and talented service is the identification of students who possess unusual potential of high abiltiy in the areas of specific academic aptitude and general intellectual ability.  Assessment includes qulaitative and quantitative measures collected from multiple sources.

Students are assessed for gifted and talented services according to the following guidelines.

  • Teachers, counselors, parents, students, or other interested parties may refer students to be assessed for Gifted and Talented services.
  • Written parental consent for assessment is required.


Referral Window Grades 1-12

The referral window for students in grades 1-12 is open from November 15, 2023 - December 15, 2023.

Click here to access a G/T nomination form available in English and Spanish.

Please submit completed forms to your child’s teacher or campus counselor.

Gifted and Talented Testing

Testing of nominated students in grades 1-12 will occur January 2024 through April 2024.

All kindergarten students are tested in a series of testing events during September 2023 – February 2024.


Parent and Teacher Resources

Click here for Texas Performance Standard Project

Click here for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

Click here for the Texas G/T Resource Implementation Resource: Depth and Complexity

Click here for the Gifted Teacher Toolkit 1

Click here for the Gifted Teacher Toolkit 2

Click here for GT Students & Differentiating Instruction (EduHero Course)

Click here for the CISD Canadian Advanced Academic Program Manual


State and District Policy

Click here to for TEA State Policy

Click here for CISD Board Policy


Should you have any questions, please contact your campus administrator or the Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

Jeff Quisenberry

Gifted and Talented Coordinator