students and parents

Mesquite Independent School District strives to provide the gifted with a nurturing environment, a differentiated curriculum and a trained, enlightened staff. By encouraging gifted students to become autonomous learners through a challenging program, future generations will have the socially and ethically responsible leaders, producers, inventors, philosophers, and visionaries who can make valuable contributions to our world as well as our community.

Needs of the Gifted Child

While gifted children share with all children the same basic need for love and acceptance, they also have a powerful need for a differentiated curriculum. Gifted students have abilities that allow them to move at a faster pace and to retain knowledge in greater depth when compared with other students. Gifted students also have the ability to make insightful connections between pieces of information and events.

Because of their unique abilities, gifted students require access to a challenging curriculum as well as learning opportunities and interactions with their intellectual peers. They need to be exposed to varied subjects, to share and discuss their ideas verbally, and to explore their own interests. Mesquite ISD offers special programming for gifted students in order to meet their need for a differentiated curriculum.


Gifted students are identified through a four-step process:

  1. Referral

  2. Screening

  3. Identification

  4. Placement

The final selection for placement is made by a committee of at least three local district educators who have received training in the identification and assessment of gifted students.

Screening involves the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. Achievement tests; educational abilities tests; student performance as recorded with grades, portfolios, and interviews; teacher/parent checklists; and district testing are considered during the screening process.


Evaluation of the Mesquite Gifted Program is based on student growth as determined by testing (standardized and criterion referenced) and/or evaluation of student products. Input from students, teachers, administration, and parents is gained through conferences and evaluation rating instruments.






Program Goals

Students will:

  • Apply their general intellectual abilities through performance of complex mental tasks

  • Further develop their creative/productive thinking abilities through the generation of original products reflecting the use of higher level thought processes

  • Further develop their specific subject matter aptitudes through the utilization of advanced content and processes to produce original complex products

  • Seek original solutions to self-selected problems reflecting use of higher level thought processes

  • Become self-directed learners

  • Become more aware of and cope more successfully with their giftedness in relation to themselves and others.



ABLE (Alternatives for Brighter Learner Experiences) is our campus-based program serving students in kindergarten through second grade. Students identified for this program are placed with teachers trained in gifted education. Students receive instruction in all academic areas as well as instruction in the use of higher-order thinking skills. Students are also clustered with other identified students to ensure they have authentic peer interactions and learning experiences.

QUEST is designed as a pull-out program for gifted students in grades three through six. Identified G/T students attend QUEST in addition to being placed in a trained teacher’s classroom and clustered with other identified students. It serves students from all elementary campuses who have met specific criteria. QUEST offers students a differentiated curriculum through interdisciplinary, concept-based teaching and learning experiences. MISD provides transportation to a central location where students attend one day a week and receive instruction in critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making.

G/T (Gifted and Talented) classes are offered for identified secondary students. The classes offer appropriately differentiated learning experiences and advanced curriculum and instruction in the areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Other Opportunities

Mesquite ISD provides many other opportunities for further talent development.

  • Destination ImagiNation

  • Academic Decathlon

  • Science Fair

  • National History Day

  • National Elementary Honor Society

  • National Junior Honor Society

  • National Honor Society

  • Student Council

  • UIL Competitions

  • All City Boys/Girls Choirs

  • Fine Arts Festival

  • Elementary Orchestra Festival

  • Theatre Productions

  • Solo and Ensemble Contest

  • All Region Music Groups

  • All City Middle School Honors Music Groups

  • Honors District-Wide Art Exhibit

  • PTA Cultural Arts Competition

  • Mentorship

  • Pre-Advanced Placement

  • Advanced Placement

  • Peer Mediation

  • Community Service Opportunities