The Hutto ISD Programs for Gifted and Talented students provide special classes and/or services for students identified as having significantly advanced general intellectual ability. These programs take different forms depending on the grade level.
Students are served in an inclusive classroom model. The inclusion model strategically places GT students in small groups in a general education classroom with a teacher who has received professional development in the education of gifted students. Hutto ISD’s elementary campuses have a minimum of one GT trained teacher in every grade level. These teachers are trained to identify the content and skills that students have already mastered and move them on to new learning. In these classrooms, you may see: flexible grouping, tiered instruction, higher-level thinking, open-ended tasks, choice menus, and independent study. The Texas Performance Standards Project (www.texaspsp.org) will be used as a guide for the independent student projects.
Middle School Services
Gifted and Talented services at our middle school campuses provide students will the skills they need to be successful in advanced-level classes in high school. GT students are placed with GT trained teachers in core subjects, typically in Pre-AP classes. In these classes, students will master the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills objectives and move on to advanced-level content. The Texas Performance Standards Project (www.texaspsp.org) will be used as a guide for independent student projects. Students identified as gifted and talented will automatically be enrolled in Pre-AP courses in their identified area(s) of giftedness unless parents waive the requirement in writing.
High School Services
Gifted and Talented services at Hutto High School prepare students for college-level work. Pre-AP, AP and Dual Credit classes are available for grades nine through twelve in the four core subject areas. During their junior and senior years, students may receive college credit by passing the appropriate AP exams and/or after successful completion of Dual Enrollment courses offered by Temple College.
All GT students are encouraged to graduate with a Distinguished Achievement Program Diploma (c/o 2016 & 2017) or with the Distinguished Level of Achievement Graduation Plan (c/o 2018 and beyond) - the highest diploma a high school student can earn. AP classes, Dual Credit classes and Independent Study classes can help a student achieve that goal. The Texas Performance Standards Project (www.texaspsp.org) will be used as a guide for the independent student projects.