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Gifted and Talented Program

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Gifted and Talented

What is Gifted and Talented?


  • Gifted students are recognized as a group of exceptional students with rights to an education that meets their individual needs.
  • Gifted students differ in one or more respects from same-age peers in physical, mental, learning, emotional, social characteristics and abilities to such a degree that they need special education programs or services for them to benefit from the regular or usual facilities or educational programs of the public schools in the district which they reside.


In what areas may a student be identified as Gifted and Talented?


Students in Grades 4-12 may be formally identified in one or more of the following areas:
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • General Intellectual
  • Specific Academic Aptitude
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Art
    • Music
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Creativity
Primary Talent Pool

What is the Primary Talent Pool (PTP)?


The Primary Talent Pool is a group of student who possess demonstrated or potential ability to perform at exceptionally high levels in the primary years (Kindergarten through Third Grade).  These students may be referred to as high-potential learners.  The purpose of selecting students to participate in a Primary Talent Pool is to provide early enrichment for those students whose talents must be nurtured in order for those talents to fully develop.  These students are not automatically identified as gifted once they reach the fourth grade.  They must be formally identified by meeting certain criteria.