Talented and Gifted Program Information

Overview of TAG Services:

TAG Services in Highland Park ISD seek to develop and nurture student potential, provide continuous opportunities for advanced performance, and advocate for students with gifted potential.

The state of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as one who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

  • exhibits high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  • excels in a specific academic field.
*Texas Education Code Chapter 29, Subchapter D, 29.121

Information Regarding TAG Program Referrals in Grades 5 - 8

Current Students:

TAG testing in HPISD takes place in the spring of each year. The deadline for 2020-2021 has passed. Information about testing for the 2021-2022 school year will be posted in the fall of 2021. This information will also be shared in the Raider Weekly and District e-Blast. 

Newly Enrolled Students:

Students who are new to HPISD may be referred by a parent for TAG testing within 3 weeks of enrollment. Please email Elyse Griffin at griffil@hpisd.org for the link to the parent referral form if you would like to test for TAG. The completed referral form must be received prior to testing.

Please note: if a referral for a new student is not received within 3 weeks of enrollment, the next opportunity for the student to test for TAG will be the district-wide event in the spring of 2021, for 2021-2022 identification and placement. Additionally, students may test one time per academic year. Therefore, if a new student does not qualify for TAG placement in the fall, s/he may not retest until spring of 2022 for placement in the 2022-2023 school year.