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Old 06-07-2013, 04:38 PM
 
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I learned of an elementary gifted program at CFBISD for profoundly gifted students that sounds really good. I'm not seeing anything like it in Plano, yet when comparing the high schools it seems Plano is clearly much better. Where do those CFBISD students go? Can they go to Dallas TAG or the school of science and engineering?
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:49 PM
 
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Probably some move to Plano, some move to Dallas and get into magnets, some go to TAMS, some go private and rest stay there and try to redeem their school.

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Old 06-07-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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Can they go to Dallas TAG or the school of science and engineering?
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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You are talking about the LEAP program. It is not "THE" best for profoundly gifted kids, imho. As for high schools, prefer Plano way over CFBISD.

You can apply as a non Dallas ISD resident for the Dallas ISD TAG program but very likely you will not get in unless your kid is off the charts smart and could beat out every high school student in all of Dallas and Collin County. Don't take the gamble. I know of kids that have gotten into the magnet in Dallas for the performing arts, Booker T. Washington. All of these kids were tops in their area.

Pick a school district you like from K-12 for a kid that you know for sure would get into their magnet program. If that is what is important for you.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:09 PM
 
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Not to toot Plano's horn but honestly gambling on magnet admission is very risky, a sure Plano West admission is a secure investment. PACE is a limited program unlike LEAP but honors classes supplement it well.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:00 PM
 
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Gymrat, what do you think is the best for gifted elementary?
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:59 PM
 
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LEAP is a good program in early grades but it starts to loose traction in middle and by high school you don't have much left. PACE serves in a steady manner from 1-12. Math rocks and honors courses go hand in hand with PACE & Humanities.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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My son had great experience in PACE.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:02 AM
 
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The CFBISD LEAP program is a 2+ grade acceleration program that groups PG kids together. That is it. A PG kid is usually working 5+ grade levels over their age group. So the CFBISD program runs out of steam after the first years - and CFBISD has little to offer in middle school or HS.

PISD groups kids and also has a lot of bright kids as shown by their very high NMSF counts. The teachers are used to smart kids and having lots of them. And they have the math rocks program which specifically caters to mathy kids. And they group early on.

I know one boy who left the CFBISD program and is now in PISD for mainly social reasons, although the math rocks program keeps him interested. I know another who left PISD for St Marks. To give you some perspective, both were reading at a 3rd grade level when they entered K and could do double digit multiplication in their heads in K.

You should get this book to learn more about your options. It provides a framework to think about your child and provides enough profiles and life stories of other kids so you can gain some perspective.

Amazon.com: 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (9780910707985): Deborah Ruf, Ph.D.: Books

There is no single path to the correct way to educate these kids. And until they reach a minimum level of emotional maturity and find a school that accepts them for what they are, you will have to do much of it on your own. And there is no school that will meet all their needs.

More info on schools for smarties.

Relocating to Dallas... in search of a school for gifted child
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:04 AM
 
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Thanks for the great info! My son is currently in a gifted school (finished 3rd grade) and has been academically accelerated by 3 grade levels so he's now ready for 7th grade level work. My husband is considering a job possibility in Dallas but I feel we have to find a place for my son before we could make that move. Of course I love the idea of a public program that is a guarantee rather than a lottery but I question if it would really provide what he needs.
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