CCISD Approves Duplicating Successful Gifted and Talented Program
League City, Texas - The Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a plan to open a second location for the Webster Academy- Visions in Education (WAVE) program. Beginning the 2012-2013 school year, the Gifted and Talented program will be offered at Westbrook Intermediate and its new location, League City Intermediate. An expansion team of educators, parents and students from both locations will be formed to implement the second program.
The Board of Trustees heard from parents and community members during a public hearing and general board meeting on Monday, December 12, 2011. The Board discussed six options and ultimately decided two programs would be in the best interest of all students. The other options, developed by parents, included closing either League City Intermediate or Clear Creek Intermediate to accommodate WAVE in its entirety. The additional options presented to the board included: take no action and increase the student population at Westbrook Intermediate; place an enrollment cap on the program; or move the entire program to League City Intermediate with its current student population.
WAVE is currently offered at Westbrook Intermediate. The program for the Gifted and Talented has grown from 320 students in 2000 to more than 745 students in 2011, pushing Westbrook Intermediate beyond its instructional capacity. The issue of overcrowding is before the School Boundary Advisory Committee (SBAC). SBAC is charged with reviewing elementary and intermediate attendance zones and developing recommendations to ease overcrowding at some campuses while populating underutilized schools. Based on demographic projections for Westbrook Intermediate and the WAVE program, Westbrook Intermediate’s student population could reach 1,411 next year. Westbrook Intermediate’s instructional capacity is 1,100.
WAVE was created in 1996 for 6th – 8th grade Gifted and Talented students. The services and courses offered at WAVE focus on the nature and needs of adolescent gifted learners. By replicating WAVE at League City Intermediate, the District can continue to offer the same courses and services to all students who qualify as Gifted and Talented. League City Intermediate is under capacity, current enrollment is 445 students. League City Intermediate’s instructional capacity is 1,100 students. Such a move would also prevent the District from having to cap the number of students who can participate in WAVE. The District currently caps enrollment in the Science Magnet at Seabrook Intermediate.
As approved by the school board, the student population will be split between the two campuses using high school feeder patterns. Gifted and Talented students who feed into Clear Creek High School, Clear Springs High School, and Clear Falls High School will attend the South Campus and Gifted and Talented students who feed into Clear Brook and Clear Lake High School will attend the North Campus. The cost of duplicating the program will be $236,000 to ensure equity between the two sites.