SAND SPRINGS SCHOOLS
GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM
OFFICE - (918) 246-1415
FAX - (918) 246-1403
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR- SHAWN BEARD
How does a student become involved with the G/T program?
Our program exists at the 1st and 2nd-grade levels based on teacher classroom enrichment. It is not until 3rd grade that formal testing takes place. This year, all 3rd-grade students in the district will have the opportunity to be tested for the G/T program. During the first month of school, parents will receive a note and a permission-for-testing form. For interested students of other grade levels, a permission test form can be requested through the classroom teacher or by calling the G/T office (918-246-1418). The classroom teacher is a valuable resource for any parent considering testing for their child.
What test is given?
Our district uses the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test. It is one of several that is recognized by the state for the purpose of identifying students. A 97th percentile ranking is required for a student to be automatically admitted to the G/T program.
Must a student be tested?
To qualify for the G/T program, a student must have a documented score from a state-recognized ability test. However, if you do not wish for your child to participate in the testing and qualifying process, you may opt-out by returning the permission form indicating your decision.
How often are students tested?
Students may qualify for the program at any time in their school career. Once a student tests into the G/T program, he/she remains in the program without any further testing.
If my child qualifies, what does this mean for them?
A qualifying score on any of the accepted tests is a measure of potential achievement for your child. This does not always translate into academic success but most of our district’s G/T students have high abilities in one area or more. The program strives to support the student in his/her varied interests and needs, recognizing that such abilities are well outside the norm. At the elementary level, this support is provided in a pull-out program, 2 hours weekly. Secondary G/T students are serviced by pre-AP and AP offerings. There is also a G/T elective for students in the 6th and 7th grades.
What does the elementary G/T program involve?
At the elementary level, we focus on problem-solving activities, whether it be brainteasers, mysteries, real-life issues, or manipulative puzzles. Each year we also have a specific unit of study that provides a framework from which the students can explore. As with any class, our focus is on the emotional, social, and academic well-being of our students.