Gifted & Talented Program



The mission of the Royse City ISD Gifted Program is to provide a challenging learning environment where students can advance in a setting that addresses their academic potential and social-emotional needs.  Royse City ISD’s Gifted/Talented Program will prepare students to be productive citizens contributing in ways commensurate with their abilities.


Program Goals

The goals of the Royse City ISD Gifted/Talented Program are to provide opportunities to:

  • Develop student skills in critical thinking, creative thinking, and logical reasoning

  • Encourage student understanding of self and others

  • Experience in-depth and accelerated learning

  • Demonstrate advanced skills in creative and critical thinking, self-directed learning, and development of innovative products and performances showing depth and complexity across the four core areas.

  • Foster collaborative relationships between students, families, staff, and our community.

  • Further students’ ability to succeed in a global era.


Why do gifted students need a special program and curriculum?  How does their curriculum differ from the regular program? The answers to these questions form the rationale for Royse City ISD’s Gifted and Talented/Advanced Academics program.


All students, including gifted students, have the right to educational programs that meet their learning needs.  Research shows that gifted students must be educated in a system that recognizes their strengths and needs and provides them opportunities to develop academically and socially.  Typically, gifted students differ from their age-peers in three very important ways. First, they absorb information at a faster rate and process it more efficiently. Second, they are often able to comprehend information with greater depth than their classmates, showing surprising insight and understanding.   Third, they often have interests that are more typical of older children or even adults. These three learning differences are frequently enhanced by other complementary characteristics: independence, persistence, nonconformity, and motivation.



Curriculum Contacts

Glenda Angle
Curriculum Coordinator for Math and Science
Dana Grieb
Curriculum Coordinator for Secondary ELAR and Social Studies
Amy Hopkins
Instructional Support Coordinator
Valerie James
Curriculum Coordinator for Elementary Mathematics
Amber Medlin
Administrative Assistant
Kathy Milton
Director of Assessment & Accountability
Julia Robinson
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Zach Snow
Coordinator of STEAM and Innovation
Kristen Weichel
Curriculum Coordinator for Elementary ELAR