The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act defines gifted and talented students as “Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.” [Title IX, Part A, Definition 22. (2002)]
Nominations for Gifted and Talented are sought from a wide variety of sources to ensure that all potentially gifted and talented students have an opportunity to be considered. Brochures explaining the services provided by the GT program and nomination forms are available in each of the school offices, counselor's office, and at the administration office. Parents, staff, and community members may nominate a student at anytime.
When a student is tested for GT, data is collected from teacher recommendations, observational data collected from whole group enrichment, parent recommendations, testing scores, grades, and 2 subjective and objective tests.
Placement is decided by a placement committee (minimum of 5 members; GT Coordinator, Building Principal, Building Counselor, and at least 2 teachers). If the decision is that the student will be placed, a letter is sent home for the parent's permission. If a student is not placed, a letter is sent home notifying the parents of the committee's decision and also to inform them that the student can be re-evaluated in the future.
The GT Program will be evaluated each year and the results will be posted here for all stakeholders. Contact Becca McAfee if you have questions or need more information.