If your student is new to LISD, in grades 6-12, and you are interested in screening/testing for gifted services, contact your campus counselor and visit the QUEST-G/T: Summer Testing page for additional information.
If your student is entering in grades K-5, please contact the elementary campus QUEST-G/T teachers.
If you have any questions about the Leander ISD Gifted Program – QUEST-G/T – or about the testing process, please contact Kathy Wood at [email protected].
“QUEST” is an acronym for Quality Utilization and Enrichment of Student Talents. Leander ISD’s QUEST and Gifted & Talented (G/T) Services are designed to meet the needs of identified gifted students who have demonstrated above-average ability in the following area of giftedness as defined by the Texas State Plan for the Gifted: high general-intellectual ability at the 95th percentile.
QUEST-G/T services are developmental in scope, with the curriculum addressing core content areas through projects and units that cross multiple subject areas. QUEST-G/T 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.
Identified QUEST-G/T students in grades K-5 participate weekly in various interdisciplinary, project-based units of study under the direction and facilitation of the campus QUEST-G/T specialists. They also have access to support from the QUEST-G/T teachers through QUEST Lab, as available.
Elementary QUEST-G/T Lab
QUEST-GT Lab is a support system and resource for QUEST-G/T students. QUEST-G/T Lab provides students extra time and space to work on QUEST G/T projects or to get help with classroom work. They can use available resources to help with classwork, work on QUEST-G/T units of study, or conference with the QUEST-G/T teacher.
The QUEST-G/T teacher is there to encourage, support and help students to meet their learning and social emotional needs. QUEST-G/T Lab may be during scheduled QUEST-G/T Lab times or any time during the school day, as approved by QUEST-G/T and classroom teachers. Students may also meet in QUESTG/T Lab before school or after school, as scheduled by the campus QUEST-G/T teacher.
Examples of Elementary School QUEST-G/T Lab include but are not limited to: mentoring, tutoring on specific skills, working on projects–researching, creating visuals and products, meeting with team members, extending class work (as agreed upon by QUEST-G/T and Classroom teachers), and providing modified G/T services to Twice Exceptional G/T students.
In grades 6-8, QUEST-G/T students participate in the QUEST Studies class. The QUEST-G/T curriculum is designed to provide challenging learning opportunities through an interdisciplinary project-based curriculum, utilizing gifted teaching strategies.
The QUEST-G/T program serves the needs of students with high general intellectual ability and high divergent thinking ability. The program is:
- developmental in scope
- interdisciplinary in content
- focused on instruction in and application of critical and creative thinking skills, research and independent study skills, oral and written communication skills, affective skills and social skills
These skills are taught in a spiraling curriculum through individual and group projects, studies, and problem-solving units.
The classes provide a wide array of learning opportunities including:
- focus on depth of critical analysis and comparative analysis skills
- opportunity for independent work, group work, and self-directed learning experiences
- opportunity to explore issues and topics of choice in-depth
- access to a wider range of sources and organizational strategies in the research process
- access to a wider range of oral, visual, and written communication to authentic audiences
- development of voice, style, and sophisticated sentence structure in student writing
- opportunity to apply problem-solving and decision-making processes
- opportunity to read, analyze, and discuss above grade-level novels and synthesize learning into original projects
- opportunity for thought-provoking discussions and debate
- opportunity to expand creative and divergent thinking in projects and discussions
- opportunity for self-reflection and evaluation
Middle School QUEST-G/T Lab
QUEST-GT Lab is a support system and resource for QUEST-G/T students. QUEST-G/T Lab provides self-directed students extra time and space to work or study in order to keep up with the demands of their advanced classes and active lives. They can set learning goals for themselves, use available resources to help with classwork and homework, work on personal interest projects, conference with the QUEST-G/T teacher or have a quiet place to be themselves.
The QUEST-G/T teacher is a teacher-advocate for these students; encouraging, supporting and helping them to meet their learning and social-emotional needs.
QUEST-G/T Lab may be during a scheduled QUESTG/T Lab time, stacked into QUEST-G/T teachers’ classes, or before school, during lunch or after school with any of the QUEST-G/T teachers, by appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How does a student get into QUEST-G/T?
Students must go through the LISD testing process to be identified as a QUEST-G/T student and enroll in the course. The district provides testing opportunities over the summer for new-to-district students and, once released, these dates are linked below. Current QUEST-G/T students do NOT need to retest and are automatically placed in middle school QUEST-G/T.
What if a student was identified for a gifted program in a previous school?
Students identified as “gifted and talented” at prior schools should bring all documentation to the middle school registrar. Upon receipt, the registrar will send the student’s testing information to campus GT coordinator for review. Once a placement determination is made, the parent will be notified on next steps.
In high school, G/T students are automatically placed in QUEST Advanced English classes during ninth and 10th grades. The QUEST-G/T teachers are available for support throughout the high school years. QUEST students are encouraged to participate in an array of challenging high school courses including Advanced Programs (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Career Tech, Fine Arts, AP Capstone, INCubator Program, and other specialized courses of interest to them, throughout their high school experience.
Note: This is an Advanced English curriculum, and it is NOT project-based as are middle and elementary QUEST-G/T classes. It does NOT include the QUEST-G/T independent study.
Secondary QUEST-G/T Lab
QUEST-GT Lab is a support system and resource for QUEST-G/T students. QUEST-G/T Lab provides self-directed students extra time and space to work or study in order to keep up with the demands of their advanced classes and active lives. They can check grades to set learning goals for themselves, work on college or scholarship applications, use available resources to help with classwork and homework, work on personal interest projects, choose to complete an independent study mentorship project, conference with the QUEST-G/T teacher, etc.
The QUEST-G/T teacher is a teacher-advocate for these students; encouraging, supporting and helping them to meet their learning and affective needs.
QUEST-G/T Lab may be during a scheduled QUESTG/T Lab time, during a dedicated QUEST-Advisory time, stacked into QUEST-G/T teachers’ classes, or before school, during lunch or after school with any of the QUEST-G/T teachers, by appointment.
QUEST-G/T Independent Study Mentorship Class
This is an optional class that G/T in which students may choose to enroll. Students complete a year-long in-depth research study evaluated by a panel of educators and experts in the chosen field. This study may be done as an extension of students’ interests or class projects. Students earn one year of local credit for successful completion. A similar class that offers the potential for college credit is also available in the AP (AP Capstone) and IB programs.
The high school QUEST-G/T teacher acts as a resource and support for gifted students to …
- support their academic success
- help ease the transition into high school
- coordinate campus participation in the Destination Imagination Program
- facilitate students’ independent studies and projects.
- support the classroom teacher and QUEST-G/T students’ parents