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Working with Gifted & Talented Students

A gifted student is one whose intelligence - typically described as an IQ score resulting from one or more tests - is 130 or above. That is, giftedness is a measure of innate ability, not performance. (

A motivated student who works hard, gets straight "A"s,
and behaves well in class may not be gifted. (

A student who doesn't perform well, is disruptive,
and clowns around in class may well be gifted. (

Our High Achieving or Gifted Students share some common personality traits:

• They demonstrate keen powers of observation
• Students demonstrate curiosity and inquisitiveness about a wide range of subjects
• They enjoy “playing around” with numbers in their heads
• They have highly developed vocabulary, use terms correctly and ask a great deal of relevant questions
• Students often demonstrate a highly developed sense of moral responsibility

The students who participate in this program also demonstrate capability for academic excellence on our standardized test- the CTP4 Assessment of Student Achievement; scoring in the 95th percentile or higher in one of or both Reasoning Tests. This also gives them eligibility to participate in Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth 2013 talent search.

Our Mathematics enrichment class focuses on mathematics problem solving using a progressive curriculum that encompasses concepts found in mathematics curricula for grades six, seven and eight. This allows the necessary flexibility in learning dictated by the needs and abilities of the individual students in the group. The group works collaboratively, as well as with the teachers. Our goal is to integrate academic development with social growth.

Our Language enrichment class focuses on Critical Thinking activities. Some of the activities are designed to enhance writing skills. The activities ask the students to analyze problems presented in writing/verbally and illustrative problems. The students develop solutions and present those solutions in writing. In order to do so effectively, our students employ skills such as: map reading, identifying cause and effect relationships, identifying inferences, inferring meaning, sequencing, classifying, making logical connections, following directions, and understanding analogies.