Gifted and Talented Elementary Identification

The McAllen ISD  Gifted and Talented program automatically considers all students for gifted and talented services each year.  In grades kinder - fifth grade, all students are screened each year by their class teacher. 


McAllen ISD defines gifted and talented as any child or youth in grades K-12 who performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

1) Exhibits high performance capability in general intellectual ability; or

2) Excels in one or more specific academic fields: math, science, language arts, and/or social studies.


Below are the letters that are sent out to all students who will be participating in the Gifted and Talented Screening and Referral process.  McAllen ISD ensures that all students are screened annually during 1st to 5th grade.  

It is a policy of the McAllen Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of sex, handicap, race, color, or national origin in its educational and vocational programs, activities or employment as required by Title IX, Section 504 and Title VI, and will take steps to secure the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all education and vocational programs.


Es póliza política del Distrito Escolar Independiente de McAllen el no discriminar en base al sexo, discapacidad, raza, color o nacionalidad en ninguno de sus programas o actividades educativas o vocacionales, así como en cuestiones de empleo, tal y como se encuentra estipulado en el Título IX, Sección 504 y el Título VI; además el distrito tomará las medidas necesarias para asegurarse de que la falta de destrezas lingüísticas en el idioma inglés no sea un impedimento para la admisión y participación en todos sus programas educativos y vocacionales.

The McAllen ISD student profile report provides parents and schools detailed information regarding the screening, referral and identification process.  Parents  and schools will receive a copy of this document at the end of the school year, if the student completed all testing.