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The District’s Gifted and Talented program identifies and provides appropriate educational experiences for students who give evidence of high performance capability in areas such as intellectual ability, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic areas. We provide opportunities or experiences to fully develop such capabilities in addition to those ordinarily provided by the school curricula.

The Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) defines "gifted" children as:

Those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of the following areas of giftedness.

What supports are available for gifted and talented students?

The District works with all teachers to make their lessons challenging to students of all abilities including gifted and talented students.  This may look like more challenging assignments or special projects.  This District also offers knowledge bowl, spelling bee, and other enrichment activities in elementary.  In middle and high school students can enroll in advanced classes, concurrent enrollment, career and technical classes and take advantage of various student leadership opportunities. 

District Gifted & Talented Coordinator:

Angela Sauk

Building Gifted & Talented Liaison Contacts: 

Kemper: Crystal Livingston, Theresa Kraus, Cherrie Dennison

Lewis: Alison Robinson

Mesa: Milinda Carr & Julie Engel

M-CMS: Edsy Randals

M-CHS: Jennifer McHenry

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