Gifted and Talented Program

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Rochelle I.S.D. provides educational programs to meet our student needs. One of the programs offered is the Gifted & Talented Program which has been planned for young, able learners that perform at an exceptionally higher level than their peers. Think of these behaviors in comparison to other children of the same age. Below you will find a chart that will help explain the difference in a smart or bright student vs. a GIFTED student.

There are various criteria by which the referred students will be evaluated by a committee of educators and administrators. Students must rank in the 93rd percentile or above in the majority of the criteria measured in order to be considered for placement in the program.

If you are interested in having your child referred for the screening and identification process for the Gifted & Talented Program, please contact our GT Coordinator, Karen McWilliams at 243-5224 for a referral form and timeline. Referral forms must be turned in no later than Feb. 8, 2018.


The Rochelle Gifted & Talented Committee

Rochelle ISD Gifted Education Program

Bright vs. Gifted

There is a difference between a bright student and a gifted student. The bright student is a pleasure to teach, is eager to please and learns easily. She/he often receives honors for academic achievement during school. However, gifted learners are even more distinct in their thinking and often stand out as quite different. 

Knows the answerAsks deeper questions
Is very interestedIs highly curious
Is attentiveIs mentally and physically involved
Has good ideasHas wild, strange ideas
Works hardPlays around yet always does well on tests
Answers the questionDiscusses details of the answer & elaborates
Top groupWell beyond the top group
Listens with interestShows strong feelings/opinions on the subject
Learns with easeAlready knows it somehow
6-8 repetitions for mastery1 or 2 repetitions for mastery
Understands new ideasConstructs abstractions
Enjoys peersPrefers working with adults, other gifted peers or alone
Grasps the meaningDraws inferences and opens up new questions
Completes assignmentsInitiates extra projects
Is receptiveIs intense
Copies accuratelyCreates a new design instead
Enjoys schoolEnjoys learning whatever the setting
Absorbs new informationManipulates new information
Good memorizerDraws from vast information store within to answer correctly
Is alertIs keenly observant – remembers fine details
Pleased with his/her own learningHighly self-critical to the point of tantrums when young
Enjoys straight-forward presentationsThrives on complexity