The GT Academy offers a rich and dynamic academic program, with exceptional depth and challenge for gifted students in grades 6-8. The curriculum empowers students to pursue their passions and to make important connections through problem-based, interdisciplinary study and investigation. The core curriculum takes a rigorous approach to mathematics, language arts, science, social studies and foreign language with technology integrated throughout. Students have creative options, alternative activities and a plethora of opportunities to display their mastery of the curriculum. Unique on-campus activities and off-campus experiences motivate students to excel and allow them to internalize their academic studies in a meaningful and purposeful way. Unique activities may include: Rice University Words & Art Events, Texas A&M University tour and Honors College visit, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Holocaust Museum, Explorer World Market, Local Religious Sites Tour, Día de los Muertos Celebration and Pi Day Celebration.
2020 - 2021 GT Academy Recruitment, Application and Selection Timeline:
January 23, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: GTA Information Nights #1 for prospective students and their parents at Quail Valley Middle School 3019 FM 1092 Road
January 29, 2020 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: GTA Information Nights #2 for prospective students and their parents at Quail Valley Middle School 3019 FM 1092 Road
January 21, 2020– February 7, 2020 - GTA School Tours – Sign Up Required at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050C44AAA62D6-fbisd5
February 3, 2020 - March 6, 2020 - Online applications window (no testing, essays, recommendations, or portfolios required) – NO EXCEPTIONS.
March 27, 2020 - Acceptance or Waitlist Notification emailed to applicants.
April 3, 2020 - Final commitment date applicants accepted on March 27th.
April 3, 2020 - Seats released to waitlisted applicants.
April 10, 2020 - Final commitment date for applicants accepted on April 3rd.
April 16, 2020 - GT Academy Orientation for incoming class 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Through Concept-Based Instruction, rigor is embedded in understanding the universal concepts, as interdisciplinary connections are a logical result. Because many gifted children are global thinkers, using a universal concept is a more natural way for them to learn.
This short powerpoint provides parents an understanding of the Instructional Philosophy at the FBISD Gifted and Talented Middle School Academy.
Concept-Based Teaching and Learning at GTA
Sequence of Study
6th Grade: ELA 6 GTA, Math 6 GTA, Science 6 GTA, Social Studies 6 GTA Spanish IA, Physical Education, Fine Arts Elective (Art, Band, Orchestra, Choral Music, Introduction to Creative Performance)
7th Grade: ELA 7 GTA, Math 7 GTA, Science 7 GTA, Texas History GTA, Spanish IB, Physical Education/ Health, Elective (Art, Band, Orchestra, Choral Music, Principles of Creative Performance, Introduction to Broadcasting, Teen Leadership, Journalism, Contest Math)
8th Grade: ELA 8 GTA Math 8 GTA OR Algebra I Pre AP, Science 8 GTA, US History GTA, Spanish II, Physical Education/Health, Elective (Art, Band, Orchestra, Choral Music, Principles of Creative Performance, Introduction to Broadcasting, Teen Leadership, Journalism, Contest Math, Peer Assistance and Leadership)
Courses offered at the Academy for high school credit: Spanish IA/B, Spanish II, Algebra I PreAP, and Geometry PreAP Opportunities for Students
Course offerings are subject to change in the event that the Texas Education Agency makes changes to approved courses and/or due to low enrollment.