• The GT Academy Program 

    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.


    The GT Academy Parent Guide

    This parent guide provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions from potential students and their families. 

    GTA Parent Guide


    2022 - 2023 GT Academy Recruitment, Application and Selection Timeline:

    All eligible GT 5th Graders in FBISD will receive direct communication via email and mail regarding upcoming dates! 

    Parents of 5th graders who are not enrolled in FBISD, should visit the Private/Home/Charter School Section or the Out-Of-District Public School GT Transfer Section.

    Recruitment events are open to ALL!  

    January 25, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: GTA Information Nights for prospective students and their parents (this will be a virtual event)

    February 1, 2022 – March 2, 2022 - GTA School Tours Sign-Up Genius 

    February 12, 2022 - 5th Grade Recruitment Conference at Quail Valley Middle School 9 - 12 PM

    February 1, 2022 - March 11, 2022 - Online applications window (no testing, essays, recommendations, or portfolios required) – NO EXCEPTIONS.

    March 25, 2022 - Acceptance or Waitlist Notification emailed to applicants.

    April 1, 2022 - Final commitment date applicants accepted on March 25th. 

    April 1, 2022 - Seats released to waitlisted applicants. 

    April 8, 2022 - Final commitment date for applicants accepted on April 1st. 

    April 14, 2022 - GT Academy Orientation for incoming class 6:00 - 8:00 PM 


    Concept-based Teaching 

    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.

Last Modified on March 7, 2022