• 9-12 G/T Service Options

Overview

    • In grades 9-12, teachers who have completed the G/T foundational training required by the state of Texas provide services to identified students through Advanced Placement (AP), Pearland Advanced Programs (PAP), acceleration, and double-content courses.​
    • The AP program allows students to take college-level classes as part of their high school curriculum.​
    • PAP courses may include courses designed as preparation for AP courses, courses that are open to all students seeking challenging coursework, courses in which G/T students are clustered, or courses created especially for G/T students.  ​
    • In the Course Selection Handbook, specific classes are highly recommended for gifted learners.​
    • Additional opportunities include credit by exam and early graduation.​

Expectations

  • Gifted students are expected to:

    • Demonstrate intellectual and emotional maturity
    • Have an A or B in the prior class of the same subject
    • Have a strong work ethic
    • Manage their time wisely
    • Work outside of class
    • Enroll in PAP and AP courses in their areas of strength and interest
    • Participate in real world research and to develop professional style products
    • Have opportunities to accelerate and to enroll in multiple courses in the same content area as long as they meet specific academic course requirements
    • Enroll in AP Seminar and AP Research

Open Enrollment and Course Availability

    • Any student can take any AP/PAP class that is offered at a campus as long as they meet the course and grade-level prerequisites.
    • We will denote specific AP and PAP courses as “Recommended for G/T” based on their current levels of depth and complexity as well as the tendencies of the instruction to go beyond the base course requirements.
    • All PAP courses are available at DHS, PHS, and THS with the following exceptions:
      • PAP Algebra 1 is not available at Glenda Dawson High School.
      • THS does not offer PAP Spanish, French, or Art courses.
    • All AP courses offered by the district are available for enrollment at DHS and PHS.
    • A select few AP courses are available at THS, as the primary focus of THS is Dual Credit and Career & Technology courses and programs.
      • AP Human Geography
      • AP World History
      • AP English Language & Composition
      • AP Physics 1
      • AP Computer Science Principles

AP Special Request

    • Any student who does not meet a grade-level or course prerequisite or wants to take two courses in the same discipline may fill out an AP Special Request form (found in the Course Selection Handbook) and turn it in to their counselor.
    • The student must demonstrate that they understand all prerequisite information through independent study or an outside academic program for their request to be accepted by the campus. They will need:
      • One-page letter
      • Letter of recommendation from a teacher
      • Most recent report card
    • Level 1 appeals will be submitted to a designated campus administrator, and level 2 appeals will be submitted to Margo Gigee, director of the Advanced Academics department for re-evaluation.

Dual Credit

    • Pearland ISD does not consider dual credit courses as part of its G/T Service Design.
      • The majority of the college professors are not Pearland ISD employees and, therefore, are not under the district's purview to require added depth and complexity or to require a professional product or presentation by G/T students.
      • Pearland ISD does not provide input in the course curricula.
    • Dual credit courses are the best college preparation provided to the district's on-level learners, while AP is the best college preparation provided to the district's advanced-level and G/T learners.

Extracurricular Activities

    • In addition to advanced courses, the Advanced Academics department considers the following extracurricular activities as G/T service options:
      • Academic Decathlon
        • PHS & THS
      • Future Problem Solvers
        • DHS
      • UIL Academic Competitions
        • PHS & DHS
    • Academic Decathlon is also offered as a course during the school day.
    • All students (G/T and non-G/T) are able to participate in any of these activities that are offered at their campus.