More than 200 families attended the inaugural GCISD Programs Expo on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Cross Timbers Middle School. The evening featured stations showcasing our STEM programs, ASPIRE Academy and Two-Way Dual Language programs. Additional presentations focused on the instructional components and benefits of these programs.
This year, the district is using an online application process, which is different than year’s prior. The application for STEM and Dual Language may be found here; applications are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. If more applications are submitted than the maximum number of students each campus may accept, then a lottery will be conducted on Friday, March 6, and streamed live on the district’s website.
Applications for the ASPIRE Academy are being accepted now through March 3 for currently identified gifted students. The link to the application may be found here. From March 23-April 10, GCISD students who are not currently identified as gifted in grades 1-4 may be nominated and considered for ASPIRE Academy placement if their test scores fall within the highly gifted range.
About the Programs and Presentation links
Currently, GCISD has dual language programs at Cannon Elementary, Silver Lake Elementary and Timberline Elementary. In the Fall of 2015, this program will expand to Grapevine Middle School as a continuation of the focused instruction that has been completed at the three elementary schools. Students must have participated in Dual Language at Cannon, Silver Lake or Timberline in order to be considered for the middle school program.
GCISD has two STEM Academies, which integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into the regular curriculum. Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School began during the 2013-2014 school year and new this year the STEM Academy at Grapevine Middle School opened its doors to continue the STEM focus at middle school. Unlike dual language, students do not have to have a background in STEM to be accepted into the STEM Academy at GMS.
Acceptance into the ASPIRE Academy at Glenhope Elementary and CTMS is based on meeting selection criteria to qualify as highly gifted. Please see the presentation for additional details about qualifications and the application process.