Gifted and Talented Program

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Rochelle I.S.D. provides educational programs to meet our student needs. One of the programs offered is the Gifted & Talented Program which has been planned for young, able learners that perform at an exceptionally higher level than their peers. Think of these behaviors in comparison to other children of the same age. Below you will find a chart that will help explain the difference in a smart or bright student vs. a GIFTED student.

There are various criteria by which the referred students will be evaluated by a committee of educators and administrators. Students must rank in the 93rd percentile or above in the majority of the criteria measured in order to be considered for placement in the program.

If you are interested in having your child referred for the screening and identification process for the Gifted & Talented Program, please contact our GT Coordinator, Karen McWilliams at 243-5224 for a referral form and timeline. Referral forms must be turned in no later than Feb. 8, 2018.


The Rochelle Gifted & Talented Committee

Rochelle ISD Gifted Education Program

Bright vs. Gifted 

There is a difference between a bright student and a gifted student.  The bright student is a pleasure to teach, is eager to please and learns easily.  She/he often receives honors for academic achievement during school.  However, gifted learners are even more distinct in their thinking and often stand out as quite different.   




Knows the answer 

Asks deeper questions 

Is very interested 

Is highly curious 

Is attentive 

Is mentally and physically involved 

Has good ideas 

Has wild, strange  ideas 

Works hard 

Plays around yet always does well on tests 

Answers the question 

Discusses details of the answer & elaborates 

Top group 

Well beyond the top group 

Listens with interest 

Shows strong feelings/opinions on the subject 

Learns with ease 

Already knows it somehow 

6-8 repetitions for mastery 

1 or 2 repetitions for mastery 

Understands new ideas 

Constructs abstractions  

Enjoys peers 

Prefers working with adults, other gifted peers or alone  

Grasps the meaning 

Draws inferences and opens up new questions 

Completes assignments 

Initiates extra projects 

Is receptive 

Is intense 

Copies accurately 

Creates a new design instead 

Enjoys school 

Enjoys learning whatever the setting 

Absorbs new information 

Manipulates new information 



Good memorizer 

Draws from vast information store within to answer correctly 

Is alert 

Is keenly observant – remembers fine details 

Pleased with his/her own learning 

Highly self-critical to the point of tantrums when young 

Enjoys straight-forward presentations 

Thrives on complexity