Is my child considered "gifted"?

Gifted characteristics may include, but are not limited to:

  • advanced problem solving capabilities
  • rapid learning
  • strong memory for detail
  • extensive vocabulary
  • intense concentration
  • avid reader with greater comprehension
  • unusual sense of humor and creativity

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

Those persons between the ages of 4-21 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.

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 these areas of giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities 12.01(16)

How do I get my child in Gifted and Talented programs?

This process starts by filling out the referral form, which collect informations about characteristics and behavior, intellectual ability, demonstrated performance, and achievements. Your form will be reviewed by the appropriate staff and you'll be alerted to next steps. 

For our English application, click here to print.

For our Spanish application, click here to print.

Once you have filled out the referral form, return it to your school secretary or email it to the appropriate staff member for your child's grade (listed below).


Liza Eschallier

Elementary PE & Elementary Gifted and Talented Teacher

Julie Carey

K-12 ELL Teacher / 6-12 Gifted & Talented Coordinator