Parents can refer a child for the GT Program in middle school, click here to fill out the online form. The 2019-2020 referral window is September 18 - October 21.  Here is the GT brochure



Referral Process

Anyone may refer a student for the GT program by contacting the student’s campus counselor before the deadline in early fall. Parents will complete an online referral form (link coming soon to Office of Advanced Academic Studies) or the paper referral available from the counselor. The parent permission session of the referral form must be completed for the district to evaluate a child. 


Level One

Data is collected through 4 measures: Planned Experiences, Teacher Inventories, MAP data and a Parent Referral Form. At least one of these measures must clearly indicate gifted characteristics for a student to move to Level 2. GT Level 1 evaluation results sent - mid November 2019


Level Two

Norm-referenced abilities testing is administered to gather data on verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal sub-tests. Students can be identified GT in either Language Arts/Social Studies and/or Mathematics/Science at the end of Level 2. If a child was tested in Level 2 during the previous school year, they will not be tested two consecutive years. New data collected in Level 1 and last year's test scores will be reviewed by the identification committee. This rule does not apply to first grade students. If students were referred in kindergarten, did not qualify for services, and are referred again in first grade, testing will only occur if a child advances to level 2. Parents are notified of results by letter from the school in early March. Students new to SBISD that tested during the summer may not be tested again during the school year. GT Level 2 evaluation results sent - late February 2020


Level Three

Evaluation is by invitation only, based on exceptionally high test scores from Level 2. With parent permission, one-on-one IQ testing is administered to determine whether a child may benefit from highly gifted services.  Parents are notified by letter of results. For more information about the Spring Branch Academic Institute Click Here.



Students that do not qualify for services may submit an appeal with supporting evidence that provides additional information for the identification committee to consider. Appeals are due to the school counselor in mid-May. Please see below for a link to the appeals brochure for more information. GT Appeals due - Apr 27, 2020. Appeals results sent - late May 2020. Appeals brochure


Middle School GT

Identified GT students in grades 6-12 are provided services specific to their identified areas of giftedness: language arts/social studies and/or mathematics/science. GT students may be grouped in GT-only classes, clustered in Pre-AP/AP classes, or IB classes. The grouping varies by school, grade level, and subject area.  



Acceleration is offered in math as a single subject or a whole grade can be skipped. The passing requirements are different depending if students have had prior instruction.


Credit by Exam (CBE) is offered four times a year, once in June and once in July, at the SBISD Administration Building, and once in the fall and once in the spring at the student’s home campus. 


Each campus receives information regarding acceleration and credit by examination. Registration for exams other than Spanish and French begins the week after Spring Break each year.


The school counselor at each campus is the contact for credit by exam testing. 


Download the district CBE flyer. Use the UT High School study guides or these additional resources to have your child prepare for the exam, paper or online option:



· State Curriculum

· Released STAAR test questions

· Texas Tech Credit by Exam Study Guide

· Khan Academy Videos


Questions? Please contact SBMS GT Liaison Rachel Koenig.