SPIRAL Overview

SPIRAL is the Spring Branch Program for Improving Reasoning and Accelerating Learning. It is one of two programs housed at Bendwood School.


The SPIRAL program serves the needs of gifted and talented students in grades 3 through 5 from across the district. SBISD elementary schools send their GT students to Bendwood once a week for specialized curriculum in language arts, social studies, science and math.

SPIRAL's purpose is to support the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building and research. About 1,000 children spend one day per week in a challenging program that increases reasoning and accelerates learning though the development of multiple intelligences, leadership characteristics, and higher-level thinking skills. Working together, the program's vision is to fully recognize, universally value, and actively nurture giftedness and high potential in children from all backgrounds so they can reach their personal best and contribute to their communities.


SPIRAL students participate in a more elaborate, in-depth study of major topics each semester, and engage in problem solving that integrates knowledge across systems of thought. In addition, SPIRAL teachers encourage students to demonstrate leadership qualities, high-level practical skills, and a capacity for creative thinking.


Approximately 1,000 students from 25 SBISD elementary schools attend SPIRAL each week.


2023 Orientation Presentation


Use the following links to learn more about the SPIRAL program: