Exploration Academy Vision and Goals

  • Exploration Academy Vision

    Exploration Academy is committed to advancing 21st Century Skills while offering rigor for GT students in 1st through 6th grade with instruction in research skills and opportunities for students to explore their areas of interest.  Participation in Exploration Academy directly develops the skills and traits cited most often by higher education faculty as necessary for success in post-secondary education – critical reasoning, problem-solving, academic integrity and the abilities to conduct in-depth research and work independently.  Identified 1st - 6th grade gifted and talented students will be served on their home campus by a GT Specialist.   

    Exploration Academy Goals

    • To provide an environment that encourages divergent thinking and supports the development of originality, fluency, flexibility, and elaboration.
    • To develop critical thinking skills and complex problem-solving strategies.
    • To develop confidence in expressing ideas in discussions, expository writing, and creative writing.
    • To advance the process of inquiry through STEM based investigations.        
    • To provide students with opportunities to develop leadership skills through positive group interaction.
    • To promote higher order thinking skills.


    STATE GOAL FOR SERVICES FOR GIFTED/TALENTED STUDENTS Students who participate in services designed for gifted/talented students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted/talented students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.



    Nomination Period for Lancaster ISD's Gifted and Talented Program 


    Lancaster Independent School District will accept Gifted and Talented nominations for 1st Grade through 12th Grade students from October 7, 2019, through November 4, 2019, for the gifted and talented program.  Nomination packets may be picked up from the campus counselor’s office of the student’s assigned school.  The nomination form should be returned to the counselor’s office no later than November 4, 2019.  A teacher, previous teacher, counselor, parent, administrator, or community person may nominate students.  Students may also self-nominate.  If a student has been previously identified as gifted, the child does not need to be re-assessed.  

    Students who are nominated will be tested in January of 2020.  Following the assessment, the Admit, Review, Exit committee will identify students for whom the Gifted and Talented Program is an appropriate placement.  Placement letters will be mailed during March of 2020.  Newly identified gifted and talented students will begin receiving gifted and talented services beginning in the Spring of 2020.   

    Please feel free to contact individual campus counselors if you need additional information.



    1993 Federal Definition of Talent

    Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.  These children and youth exhibit high-performance capacity in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, and unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields.  They require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools.  Outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.


    Note:  Students who have been serviced in a Gifted and Talented Program in a previous school district should contact the campus registrar to learn how to transfer records.