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Gifted & Talented
Dripping Springs ISD is committed to ensuring the most appropriate educational setting for each student. Our Gifted and Talented (GT) Program is designed to meet the needs of students who exhibit significantly advanced intellectual ability.

Our GT program provides appropriately differentiated curriculum presented in a way that offers greater depth, more complex content, and extensive enrichment activities designed to challenge GT-identified students. 

Dripping Springs ISD has established a thorough assessment process, including both objective and subjective measures, to identify students and ensure they are placed appropriately into the program.

Students must first be referred for GT consideration. This is an open system with referrals accepted from principals, teachers, parents, guardians, students (both self and peer), psychologists, counselors, librarians, administrators, and community members.
Parents must complete the referral form found at the bottom of this page for permission for assessment for the GT program.

Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment
All students referred for GT assessment will complete a testing process. Testing instruments are approved by the district, are aligned with best practices, and are appropriate to the student’s grade level. Parent and teacher evaluations may be included in the assessment process.

Parent/Teacher Evaluation
Parents and teachers rate the student on a variety of areas including vocabulary, expression, mastery levels, critical thinking, reasoning skills, reading level, observation skills, and problem-solving.

The assessment results are evaluated by the Dripping Springs ISD G/T Assessment Committee. The committee may consider additional evaluation criteria including student portfolios, anecdotal information, and other relevant data. The GT Assessment Committee makes the final determination as to whether or not the student is accepted in the GT program.

Students who were identified and participated in a GT program in their prior district will be administered a screening instrument, which measures nonverbal reasoning and general problem-solving abilities, within one week of registration if requested during the school year. GT assessment for the new year will begin during the second week of school for all campuses.

Students meeting the district standard on this assessment will be placed in the appropriate GT program immediately.

Students not meeting the district standard on the initial screening assessment may be referred for further assessment according to the district assessment guidelines. GT assessment for transfer students will be completed within six weeks of enrollment and placement will be adjusted and determined by the campus/district GT committee.

Please present any prior testing paperwork you have from your previous district when requesting testing for our gifted and talented program, specifically CogAt and NNAT2 scores.

GT assessment for the new school year will begin during the second week of school for all campuses.  Below is the testing window for assessments performed during the 2016-2017 school year. The GT testing window for the upcoming school year for elementary campuses ends on March 20, 2017, and May 15, 2017, for secondary campuses.  Parents wanting their child to have the first day of school GT start date must refer them by spring deadline dates.

Characteristics of a GT Student

GT Furlough Form


GT Referral Requests
Dripping Springs Elementary
Dripping Springs Elementary - Spanish
Walnut Springs Elementary
Walnut Springs Elementary - Spanish
Rooster Springs Elementary
Rooster Springs Elementary - Spanish
Middle School / High School
Middle School / High School - Spanish

DSES - Kari Potter 512.465.6281
RSES - Kelly Garner 512-465-6274
DSMS - Eric Fredrickson 512.858.3418
DSHS - Athena Corby 512.858.3118
DSISD Coordinator - Wendy Middleton 512.858.3406

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