Public Schools addresses the following areas of giftedness:
General Intellectual Aptitude (GIA)
Specific Academic Aptitude (SAA): Verbal Linguistic or
Mathematical Logical (K-12)
Performing Arts Aptitude (5 - 12)
In order for a student to be considered for the Gifted Program, he or she must first be referred for screening. This
referral may be initiated by a parent, teacher, peer, community
member, or by the student him/herself. An Initial Referral/Permission
for Evaluation Form MUST be completed and
submitted by the testing deadline of January 31st for the Spring testing window. All
referrals that come in after this deadline will be held over until
the following scheduled testing period. Only once these forms have
been received will the screening process begin. Please contact Mrs.
Broughton to obtain a copy of this form.
Screening is conducted during the spring semester for grades Kindergarten through
12 in the areas of General Intellectual Aptitude and
Specific Academic Aptitude.
tested once a year for Visual and Performing Arts Aptitude. The deadline for referring students for that testing is
Students are screened using multiple criteria. Standard
screening procedures include a review of student records, response
lessons, test data,
progress reports, and teacher observations. Once the initial
referral and permission forms have been received, the Gifted teacher
administers the following assessments : an ability
test, a test for
divergent thinking (creativity), a
language-based performance assessment, and a
mathematics/logic-based performance assessment.
The classroom teacher collects work
samples that have been created independently by the student at
Parents may submit a narrative and/or no more than
three samples of their child's academic performance.
Once the testing is completed and the portfolio components are
collected, the Gifted Identification/Placement Committee meets to review
the data to determine if the evidence supports identification. Each
school maintains an Identification/Placement Committee. Parents
will be notified in writing of the committee's decision.