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Gifted and Talented Education

Gifted and Talented Education

Caldwell County School District's Gifted and Talented Program

Welcome to Caldwell County School District's Gifted and Talented Webpage! Our GT program services students in 4th-12th grades who have been formally identified in the areas of General Intellect, Creativity, Leadership, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, or Visual/Performing Arts which includes Art, Music, Drama, and Dance. Primary students who exhibit potential for giftedness in these areas are serviced through our Primary Talent Pool (PTP). 

Administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, and the GT resource teacher all work together to meet the creative, intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs of our gifted learners in accordance with 704 KAR 3:285. We strive to provide our students with opportunities to think critically and creatively, problem solve, lead their peers, and practice the essential skills that are necessary to succeed in the 21st century. The purpose of our program is to service approximately 15% of the student population whose abilities and talents are believed to be significantly more advanced than those of their age and peer group. The department takes into consideration students who may be underachieving, students with disabilities, and students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Please do not hesitate to contact Gifted Services with any questions or concerns.

Jason Clark - District GT Coordinator

Jayme Harralson - District GT Teacher

What is gifted and talented?

"Gifted and Talented Children" means those persons between kindergarten and high school graduation whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. Gifted and talented students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue or any combination of these areas:

  • General Intellect
  • Leadership
  • Specific Academic Aptitude--Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, Science
  • Visual and Performing Arts--Art, Dance, Drama, Music (Vocal and/or Instrumental)
  • Creativity

The child who is gifted is part of a small percentage (2-4%) of every school population. The child generally achieves at least two standard deviations from the mean of standard tests of ability, works at two or more grade levels ahead of the age peers, and/or demonstrates deep understanding and skills in individualized performances. In addition to some common learning behaviors (questioning, researching, wondering, and making connections), many gifted learners share various social and emotional issues specifically related to their giftedness (peer acceptance, sensitivity, "out-of-the-box thinking").

Often bright students are thought to be gifted by their parents and teachers. Bright students tend to do their work neatly and on time, enjoy following instruction, and are top academic students. However, a truly gifted learner will demonstrate certain unique and intuitive characteristics.