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Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented Program 

Curriculum Programs -- Gifted and Talented Education in Texas

Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students in English

Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students in Spanish

Texas PSP - Teacher Toolkit

Texas PSP -- Teacher Toolkit II

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

National Association for Gifted Children

Parent Referral Packet

Teacher Referral Packet



If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.       Walt Disney

We here at Highland Park strive to see your children be all they can be, through enriching programs geared to create higher level thinking skills and a love for learning. Below are some characteristics of the gifted child. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our program.


A Gifted child's behavior differs from that of their age-mates in the following ways: 

  • Many gifted children learn to read early, with better comprehension of the nuances of language. As much as half the gifted and talented population has learned to read before entering school. 
  • Gifted children often read widely, quickly, and intensely and have large vocabularies. 
  • Gifted children commonly learn basic skills better, more quickly, and with less practice. 
  • They are better able to construct and handle abstractions. 
  • They often pick up and interpret nonverbal cues and can draw inferences that other children need to have spelled out for them. 
  • They take less for granted, seeking the "hows" and "whys." 
  • They can work independently at an earlier age and can concentrate for longer periods. 
  • Their interests are both wildly eclectic and intensely focused. 
  • They often have seemingly boundless energy, which sometimes leads to a misdiagnosis of hyperactivity. 
  • They usually respond and relate well to parents, teachers, and other adults. They may prefer the company of older children and adults to that of their peers. 
  • They like to learn new things, are willing to examine the unusual, and are highly inquisitive. 
  • They tackle tasks and problems in a well-organized, goal-directed, and efficient manner. 
  • They exhibit an intrinsic motivation to learn, find out, or explore and are often very persistent. "I'd rather do it myself" is a common attitude.