Gifted and talented children and youth are those of high potential or ability whose learning characteristics and educational needs require qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and/or services. Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development, will be evidenced through an interaction of above average intellectual ability, task commitment and /or motivation, and creative ability.
Identified gifted students at the 4th and 5th grade level are served through the resource room model. The lessons are based on the students’ interests and support the concept of differentiated curricula for students placed in the gifted and talented program. Extensions of the depth and complexity of the learning experience are accomplished by promoting higher order thinking skills, critical and creative problem-solving skills, and research skills. Affective needs of gifted students are addressed as well. Scripps National Spelling Bee is a competition that takes place during both the 4th and 5th grade years.