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“QUEST” is an acronym for Quality Utilization and Enrichment of Student Talents. Leander ISD’s QUEST Program is designed to meet the needs of identified gifted students who have demonstrated above-average ability in the following two areas of giftedness as defined by the Texas State Plan for the Gifted: 1) high general-intellectual ability at the 95th percentile; and, 2) creative and productive thinking. QUEST is available to LISD students in the elementary through high school grades.

The QUEST program is developmental in scope, with the curriculum addressing core content areas through projects and units that cross multiple subject areas. QUEST students have the opportunity to investigate topics of interest to them in greater depth and complexity. Students expand their abilities to apply critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, and research skills through individual and group projects, studies and problem-solving units.


In the elementary grades, QUEST students participate in a pull-out program in which identified QUEST students spend at least two hours of instructional time each week in a gifted curriculum with their campus’ QUEST teacher.

Middle School
In grades 6 – 8, QUEST students participate in a daily Pre-AP QUEST Studies. The QUEST curriculum is designed to provide challenging learning opportunities for identified QUEST students. QUEST students receive advanced instruction in an interdisciplinary gifted curriculum, utilizing Pre-AP teaching strategies.

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High School
In high school, LISD’s QUEST students may participate in a QUEST class in which they select an independent study project in an area of their choice. They may also participate in a QUEST Lab designed to meet individual student’s needs and interests. QUEST students may also take PreAP English QUEST classes during ninth and tenth grades. QUEST students are encouraged to investigate the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Leander High School as a continuation of their middle school QUEST experience. In addition, Leander ISD students have access to pre-AP (Advanced Placement) and AP courses throughout their high school experience, and are monitored and advised by their QUEST teacher.
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