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Areas of Giftedness

Students identified for Gifted and Talented services are not selected as a reward for either good performance or model behavior but because they have different learning needs. Therefore, the goal of the identification process is to apply comprehensive and unbiased procedures to find students who possess superior abilities and/or potential in one or more of the following state-identified areas of giftedness:
  • General Intellectual Ability: Demonstrated excellence in most academic areas.
  • Specific Academic Ability: Exceptional ability and performance in a single academic area.
  • Creativity: Exceptional ability to use divergent and unconventional thinking in arriving at creative and unusual ideas or solutions to problems.
  • Leadership: Exceptional ability to relate to and motivate others
  • Artistic - Performing Arts: Ability to create or perform in music in a way that suggests exceptional talent.
  • Artistic – Visual Arts: Ability to paint, sculpt, photograph or arrange media in a way that suggests exceptional talent.
Click here for a handout giving more complete explanation of each of these areas.

Levels of Giftedness

To identify the appropriate level of services required to meet students’ needs, the district also identifies the level of student giftedness within each area.

Level I students,
the majority of gifted learners, are one to two years advanced and can generally have their needs met through the differentiated classroom.

Level II students
are two to three years advanced. Depending on the area of giftedness, these students generally require additional curricular strategies, such as advanced coursework, cluster grouping per subject area, or workshop/competitions in the identified gifted and talented area.

Level III students
are more than three years advanced. Generally speaking, this represents a handful of students. These students often require an individualized educational program, such as single subject acceleration, grade level acceleration, or dual enrollment in courses.

Click here to view the criteria used by the Selection Committee to determine levels.