Highland Park ISD provides an array of learning opportunities that are commensurate with the abilities of talented and gifted (TAG) students and that emphasize content in the four core academic areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. These program options enable TAG students to work together as a group, work with other students, and work independently. Flexible pacing and grouping patterns, as well as independent investigations, are also employed in the four core academic areas to allow students to learn at a pace and level appropriate for the student's abilities and skills.
Parents who are interested in nominating their students for assessment and possible placement in the TAG program must initiate the process by completing a referral packet available at each campus.
No student can be assessed until a parent submits the referral giving written permission for testing. The referral forms should be submitted to the campus TAG specialist. Please note that the deadline for submitting kindergarten referrals is October 11, 2013; the deadline for submitting referrals for students in grades 1-11 is December 6, 2013.
Highland Park ISD provides many other opportunities relevant to a student's area of strength. These options for further talent development include Destination Imagination, Academic Decathlon, National History Day, UIL competitions, Fine Arts Festival, theater productions, science fairs, National Honor Society, Student Council, art exhibits, and community service opportunities.
The TAG program coordinator collaborates with the TAG Advisory Committee which is made up of community members, parents of TAG students, administrators, and TAG Specialists. The committee members serve in an advisory role and work to increase community awareness of the TAG program. An annual evaluation of the HPISD TAG Program is based on student growth as determined by testing (standardized and criterion referenced) and/or evaluation of student products. Input from students, teachers, administrators, and parents is gained through conferences and evaluation instruments.