How is placement in the Gifted Program determined?
A multi-step process determines whether a student is eligible for the gifted support services. 1. A parent may refer the student to the Student Service Coordinator or to the teacher in a written statement. 2. The teacher may refer the student to the Gifted Coordinator. 3. If the student meets the criteria, further evaluation will take place, including in depth testing by the school psychologist, review of the student’s academic performance, and input from the student’s parents and teachers. 4. The team considers several factors in determining eligibility. The team also considers other factors which may conceal giftedness, such as; limited English proficiency, learning disabilities, physical of emotional impairments, and/ or racial/cultural aspects. 5. If the child meets eligibility criteria, the Gifted Coordinator develops a Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP) to outline the services the child will receive to meet his/her special needs.