There are Four Identifications for Gifted/Talented:

  1. Gifted: 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.

  2. Talented: Your child demonstrates proficiency in theses areas: Musical, Visual Arts, Psychomotor, Performing Arts

  3. Twice-Exceptional: Your child has both an area of giftedness and an area of need in Special Education.

  4. High Ability: High achievers and gifted students are not synonyms. High achievers can work hard and grow quickly. Gifted students have a brain-based difference in the way they learn and process information. It may not always look like the highest reader or the quickest mathematician.

Universal Screening for Gifted/Talented

We test all children for gifted/talented through a screener called CoGat. We test in 2nd grade and in 7th grade to make sure we have identified every child who needs this support. Students who score in the 95% percentile will be given an Advanced Learning Plan.

Parent Identification

If you believe your child is gifted, talented or twice exceptional, please contact Nicole Oates, [email protected].

You can also refer your child for a gifted/talented evaluation using this link.



You have a right to:

  • know about your giftedness.

  • learn something new everyday.

  • be passionate about your talent area without apologies.

  • have an identity beyond your talent area.

  • feel good about your accomplishments.

  • make mistakes.

  • seek guidance in the development of your talent.

  • have multiple peer groups and a variety of friends.

  • choose which of your talent areas you wish to pursue.

  • not to be gifted at everything.

Written by Del Siegle (NAGC President, 2007 - 2009)