Secondary Gifted & Talented Services

Phoenix simulation in 2019

Gifted Education Middle School (GEMS) Services and Phoenix

  • GEMS (Gifted Education Middle School) is Allen ISD's middle school program designed to meet the unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs of gifted/talented learners.

    Through the collaboration of students, educators, parents, and community members, GEMS ensures opportunities for maximum growth and development for life-long success. GEMS provides courses in leadership, reading/language arts, social studies, and science.

    Phoenix services G/T students in 9-12th grade at the Lowery Freshman Center and Allen High School. The Phoenix program is based on Advanced Placement (AP) English standards. Phoenix courses are as follows: 

    • 9th and 10th graders take advanced Phoenix English 
    • 11th and 12th graders take Phoenix Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) English.

    The Phoenix program is a four-year course of study designed to challenge gifted/talented students as they engage in an integrated study of literature, history, and fine arts.

Contact Gifted & Talented Services

  • 612 E. Bethany Drive • Allen, TX 75002
    972-727-0511 phone
    972-727-0434 fax

    Kari Lockhart
    Coordinator of Advanced Academics & Gifted and Talented Services

    Amy James
    Instructional Specialist, Gifted & Talented

    Vanessa Norman
    Gifted & Talented Services



GEMS Programs, grades 7 & 8

  • GT Humanities Grades 7-8

  • Leadership Through Literacy

  • GT Science 7/8 Advanced

Phoenix Gifted and Talented Services, Grades 9-12

  • Phoenix