About Gifted Services
Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains (National Association of Gifted Children). Students whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require additional services to meet their educational needs are served at all levels through the Focus on Excellence Program. The gifted resource teaching staff, as well as gifted service programs, are commonly referred to as "Focus." The Focus teacher at each school provides services and resources to students, families, and general education classrooms teachers to meet the needs of students receiving gifted education services.
Parents, students, and teachers participate in the identification process for the need for gifted education services and work together to develop students’ abilities and talents through appropriate learning experiences and environments.
Furthermore, parents, teachers, and students may refer students for gifted identification by completing the referral forms found in the school offices; identification for gifted services may occur at any time in a student’s K-12 education.
The Identification process includes the use of ability tests, achievement tests, student work samples, parent survey, student observation/interview, and teacher observation(s). Students may be identified to receive gifted services in the areas of academics or arts. Additional information regarding the referral and identification process may be found by contacting your school's gifted resource teacher or Dr. Fellinger, Gifted Facilitator.
Parents are encouraged to participate in a number of activities that are designed not only to inform them but also to encourage them to offer their skills to improve learning experiences for their children. Opportunities for involvement include chaperoning for field trips, becoming mentors for independent study projects, assisting after-school chess and thinking/game clubs, Open House nights, parent workshops, parent conferences, and the Gifted Advisory Committee.