The mission of Southside Independent School District is to provide engaging, dynamic, and relevant experiences that develop and empower all students to become exceptional and productive members of society.
Philosophy of Gifted and Talented Services
The Gifted and Talented Services at Southside Independent School District emphasizes general intellectual ability and specific academic aptitude, SISD applies Joseph Renzulli’s concept of “giftedness”, which addresses a set of three interlocking clusters of traits: intellectual ability, creativity, and task commitment.
Southside’s goal is to refer children in whom these areas interact to such a high degree that future accomplishment is likely to rank in the remarkably high range. Upon qualifying, gifted students are offered special services to help them maximize their potential.
SISD recognizes the right of all children to have access to services which provides opportunities for development to the full limit of their capabilities; and also recognizes that some children possess extraordinary talents and abilities which need to be fostered, guided, and developed. To nurture within the individual student a desire for excellence and a sense of responsibility to self and to society, Gifted and Talented (G/T) services are offered to qualifying Southside School District students.
Public Announcement of Referral Period-Public Notice
Southside ISD is now accepting referrals for students who may need Gifted/Talented Services for the school year. These services are designed for students who exhibit intellectual and creative thinking abilities at an extraordinary level not normally served in the regular classroom. Services are provided only upon identification of education needs of the student. Anyone wishing to refer a student attending Southside ISD in second through twelfth grade this school year is asked to go by the student’s campus office and request a copy of the referral form. For grade level due dates regarding referral process please observe the “District Identification Timeline” in the District G/T Handbook. All kinder, first, and fifth grade will have the opportunity to be initially assessed for G/T services. Campuses will be sending information for those grade levels. Those unable to go by the campus office should call 210-882-1600 to request a form to be sent to them.