Carver Center is a unique campus offering gifted and talented programs serving identified G/T (aka gifted, gate, gifted and talented) students in grades 1-6 in Midland Independent School District. Important information about applying to this school can be found here. Let me stress the important of applying one month before (or within 2 weeks of enrolling in MISD). I’ve heard of families who were denied enrollment because they didn’t apply within the time frame. They had to wait until the next enrollment period.
If you are already enrolled in MISD, applications will be available at your child’s school during the application period, which varies by grade level.
Kindergarten applications are typically due in October. The district will assess (typically) in January and February, and parents will be notified in March.
Grades 1-5 applications are typically due by the end of January during the general nomination period. Be sure to check the district’s website for specific dates. If you don’t submit all application materials by the deadline your child won’t be tested, thus won’t receive advanced, gifted education services. Advanced Academic Services website has more information.
There are different requirements if you are from Texas and your child has already been identified as “gifted” than if you aren’t from Texas and/or if your child hasn’t been formally identified yet. If you’re child is already identified and currently receiving gifted instruction at a public school in Texas, he/she is likely to be automatically enrolled at Carver for grades 1-6.
If your child hasn’t yet been identified as gifted they will likely be required to take the CogAT test. I also encourage you to submit ALL previous testing with your application. Submit any state or national assessments and/or assessments administered by a private licensed psychologist showing cognitive ability, FSIQ, or %ile rankings. Also, I recommend asking to submit previous teacher evaluations, letters of recommendations, and a parent questionnaire.
Also, for students whose primary language isn’t English, please know that per Texas Education Agency recommendations students are to be assessed in languages they understand or with nonverbal assessments.
If you follow all instructions and your child is denied admission to Carver, you are allowed to appeal the decision based on specific criteria they’ve outlined on their appeal form. My 2 cents – you are your child’s best, and often only, advocate!
More information on Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented can be found here in English and Spanish.