Whether it’s in the classroom through instruction or at a showcase event presenting projects, participants in the HORIZONS Program, which serves to meet the needs and interests of academically gifted and talented students, are more examples of just what is available for any student within CFISD’s boundaries.
“The district recognizes and supports the unique academic, social, and emotional needs of our gifted and talented students and the HORIZONS program is dedicated to providing instruction to meet the needs and interests of academically gifted and talented students with instruction that includes differentiation in pace, depth, and complexity,” said Katrina Nelson, CFISD director of advanced academics.
Sampson Elementary School fourth-grade student Zachary Jost (right) presents his solar power project to patrons at the CFISD HORIZONS Student Showcase, held Jan. 29 at the Berry Center. The showcase is just one of many events that are part of the HORIZONS Program, which serves to meet the needs and interests of academically gifted and talented students.
No two gifted and talented students are the same, as they come from differing socio-economic, racial and cultural backgrounds.
But there are indicators and ways to help identify whether a student may be considered gifted and talented. Those advanced traits may include asking an abundance of questions, being engaged in the development of original ideas for enjoyment, using regular objects in creative ways and demonstrating extreme organizational skills.
The HORIZONS Program has an identification process, with parents encouraged to review information on the program’s website (https://www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/academics/gifted-talented/) as a starting point. Referrals for testing should then be done with the student’s teacher(s), campus elementary counselor or secondary campus director of instruction, with referrals for students taken during the open-referral period (it was Oct. 2-Nov. 30, 2017 for this school year).
Permissions follow before the actual testing takes place. Students who score 130 or higher on the two nationally-normed standardized abilities test qualify for HORIZONS Program services, while those who score 125-129 may appeal.
The HORIZONS Student Showcase is one of the more visible events that is part of the HORIZONS Program, which seves to meet the needs and interests of academically gifted and talented students in CFISD. The 2018 showcase, held Jan. 29, saw more than 4,000 students, parents and community members visit the Berry Center.
Students in the HORIZONS Program are pushed with opportunities to accelerate in their strength areas. That includes producing advance-level products and productions.
The HORIZONS Students Showcase was established to give the students an arena to present and exhibit their work. Held Jan. 29 at the Berry Center, more than 4,000 students, parents and community members visited the 2018 event.
Another showcase event is Da Vinci Day, which will be held Feb. 24 at Cypress Ridge High School. More than 2,400 students have registered, as HORIZONS Program participants will partake in advanced-level activities that include STEM, robotics, chemistry, arts and humanities and higher-order thinking skills.