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Advanced Academics

Richardson ISD believes that each student should have the opportunity to maximize his or her potential ability.


Richardson ISD believes that each student should have the opportunity to maximize his or her potential ability. In support of this tenet, RISD provides a flexible program that accommodates the special needs, abilities and interests of the gifted students through the modification of depth, complexity and pacing in the general school program. Distinguishing features of the curriculum are that it is appropriately differentiated for the gifted, it is connected across grade levels and articulated K-12, it is substantive in subject matter and it is linked meaningfully to the regular curriculum.

Gifted Services

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  • Kindergarten REACH-Students in kindergarten may be referred for gifted screening in the fall.  Students who qualify for services begin no later than March 1 of their kindergarten year.
  • Primary REACH-Students in grades 1-3 who qualify for services receive two hours of instruction each week. In general, these services are provided on their home campus.
  • Intermediate REACH-Students in grades 4-6 who qualify for services receive one day of instruction each week. These classes are provided at one of two satellite locations-Bowie Elementary or Skyview Elementary.  Bus transportation is provided.
  • Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet-Students who qualify for gifted services at HPPM receive on-site services.


Note: Please check back often as dates may be adjusted to best serve our students.


The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization that supports academically talented students in grades four through twelve.

Through above-grade-level testing, enrichment resources, year-round learning options, residential summer programs, online courses, need-based financial aid, and original research into the needs of gifted students, we help support and nurture our students’ talent

The 4th-6th and 7th-Grade Talent Search qualifying scores for STAAR are released. Any of the most recent test administrations may be used and students need only qualify in one subtest.

Our Team

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Monica Simonds

Advanced Academics

Jasmine Patel

Central Support

Sara Mooney

Campus Support

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